Nevada Humanities Event Marks 81st Anniversary of Japanese-American Imprisonment During World War II | News from Carson City, Nevada

Event date:

February 16, 2023 – 6:00 p.m

Nevada Humanities announces Memory and Resistance: Remembering Japanese American Incarceration, an evening conversation commemorating the 81st anniversary of Japanese American incarceration during World War II.
Memory and Resistance: Remembering Japanese American Incarceration takes place on February 16, 2023 from 6pm to 8pm at the Downtown Reno Library Theater. Register for the event at

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order forcing 120,000 Japanese-Americans from their homes during World War II. In recognition of this time and the 81st anniversary of the Japanese-American incarceration, join Nevada Humanities for an evening of conversations about remembrance, remembrance, and the legacy of activism in the Japanese-American community that continues to this day.

At this event, we will learn from historians, writers and artists about the different ways we remember and tell history, with a special – often untold – focus on acts of resistance by Japanese Americans who were betrayed by their own country.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Meredith Oda, associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno; Frank Abe, lead author of We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration; and visual artist Miya Hannan. At this event, art and graphic novels that tell this story will be shared and we will speak with organizers who are continuing this fight in the face of recent instances of violence against Asian American communities. The evening begins with a performance by Reno Taiko Tsurunokai.

“Memory and Resistance will be a powerful conversation about a shameful and difficult time in American history,” said Christina Barr, executive director of Nevada Humanities. “The evening event will showcase the scholarly and creative work of our panelists as they tell the stories of Japanese Americans who resisted incarceration and chronicled an important legacy of activism that inspires us today and into the future.”

Memory and Resistance: Remembering Japanese American Incarceration is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ A More Perfect Union special initiative, which encourages a deeper appreciation for the connections between the humanities, our community histories, and a commitment to understanding the founding of the United States in all their complexity.

About Nevada Humanities: Nevada Humanities is one of 56 independent, not-for-profit state and territory humanities affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. With offices in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities creates public culture programs and supports statewide public culture projects that define the Nevada experience and facilitate exploration of issues meaningful to the people of Nevada and their communities. For more information about Nevada Humanities, visit