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PCC Remembers EO 9066 – Japanese-American Internment

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Black and white historical photo of Japanese-Americans entering an internment camp

Visit the PCC Library's commemoration of executive order 9066 featuring reports, images and media.

February 21, 2017
Southeast Campus Community Hall
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The month of February is a time to celebrate love and the enduring human spirit. On February 21, PCC will mark the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 – an act, born of hatred and fear, that sent more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II... including a camp here in Portland, Oregon.

Please join PCC President Mark Mitsui for a remembrance of EO 9066. The event will include historic displays, reflections and a panel discussion that will:

  • Educate our community about the events that led to this decision, and the atrocities and outcomes resulting.
  • Draw parallels to significant public discourse today.
  • Encourage our community to learn to recognize the rhetoric of hate that leads to widespread fear and sweeping characterizations, and to stand against it.
  • Honor those who experienced this moment in time by sharing stories.
  • Affirm PCC's values of inclusion, equity, access and opportunity.

Panelists and special guests

Mari Watanabe
Partners in Diversity Executive Director

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Mari Watanabe serves as the program director of Leadership Portland for the Portland Business Alliance, the largest chamber of commerce in the State of Oregon, where she oversees all aspects of a 10 month leadership program designed to develop civic leaders and she serves as executive director of Partners in Diversity, a non-profit whose mission is to help employers support their employees of color in Oregon and SW Washington.
Prior to working at the Portland Business Alliance, she made a major career change moving from the apparel business, which included working in garment companies such as Union Bay Sportswear, Nordstrom, and Nike to the non-profit arena serving as the first executive director of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, a Japanese American history and culture organization founded in Portland, Oregon.
Appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber in July 2011, Mari serves as chair for the Oregon Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs. Other organizations she has served/serves on include the City Club of Portland Board of Governors, City of Beaverton’s Diversity Advisory Board, Washington County Cultural Coalition, Portland Taiko Board, and Business for Culture and Arts Diversity Board.
Nationally, Mari serves on the National Veterans Network Advisory Board and the U.S.-Japan Council’s regional vice-chair. She was a participant on the coveted Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan in March 2011, when the Great East Earthquake and Tsunami occurred.
She is a recipient of the Executive Development Institute’s Ted Yamamura Leadership Award and the NAACP Woman in Business and Civic Engagement award.
Mari moved from her hometown of Seattle, WA in 2000 to Portland, Oregon.
Peggy Nagae
Portland lawyer who successfully argued for reparations to families affected by EO 9066

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Peggy Nagae, a third generation Japanese American, grew up in rural Oregon. She earned an AB from Vassar College, JD from Lewis and Clark Law School, MA from the University of Santa Monica, and is a graduate of Harvard’s Educational Management Program.
Peggy served as the lead attorney for Minoru Yasui in reopening his WWII Supreme Court case, Yasui v. United States, along with those of Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi. In 1983 his original WWII conviction was vacated by the Federal District Court of Oregon.
In addition to representing Yasui, she served on the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) National Redress Committee, which formulated the Civil Liberties Act for Restitution passed by Congress in 1988. President Clinton selected her for the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board, which awarded $3.5 million dollars in grants to educate Americans about the injustices borne by Japanese Americans and prevent them from ever happening again.
In 2014-15, as co-founder of the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee, Peggy spearheaded Mr. Yasui’s successful nomination for a Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President Obama awarded to him posthumously in November of 2015. In 2016, she galvanized the community effort that passed legislation to create an annual Minoru Yasui Day in the State of Oregon.
Peggy served as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She was also the vice-chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity; president of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and board member of both the Asian American Justice Center and the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus.
Peggy served as a trial attorney at Betts, Patterson and Mines; Assistant Dean, University of Oregon Law School; senior trial attorney, Urban Indian Council criminal defense program; and a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at Multnomah County Legal Aid in Portland, Oregon. She began her own consulting business in 1991 and focuses on diversity and inclusion, executive business coaching, strategic planning, change management, and potentiating the human spirit at work.
Wajdi Said
Muslim Educational Trust President

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Since coming to the U.S. in 1988, Mr. Said has worked with the Muslim community as well as the larger community to promote a better understanding of Islam. He has been involved in numerous interfaith committees and panels throughout the years. He is one of the founders of the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, an organization which came together as a result of 9/11, as well as one of the founders of the Arab, Jewish Muslim Dialogue, The Institute for Christian Muslim Understanding, Islamic Social Services of Oregon State and the Arab and Muslim Police Advisory Board. Mr. Said has spoken at countless colleges, high school, organizations and churches, promoting a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. He currently serves as the president of Muslim Educational Trust, (MET) which he co-founded in 1993 in a volunteer basis. In addition, Mr. Said is the president of BiSTCo Inc., an international trade development company that exports and imports goods, services and raw materials between the Middle East and the various markets of North America.
Harry Anastasiou
Conflict Resolution Chair, Portland State University

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Harry Anastasiou holds a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University, USA, a Doctorandus degree from the Free University of Amsterdam, Holland, a MA degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, and a BA degree from Geneva College, USA.
His academic endeavors have centered on International and Interethnic Peace and Conflict Studies, with contributions toward the development of theoretical and practical perspectives in conflict analysis, multi-dimensional peacebuilding, as well as in the design, facilitation and implementation of interethnic and international conflict-resolution processes and initiatives.
For more than two decades, he has been playing a leading role in peace-building initiatives engaging Greek and Turkish citizens and policy leaders from Greece, Turkey and ethnically divided Cyprus. He has designed and facilitated innumerable interethnic conflict-resolution workshops, policy developing think tanks, dialogue groups, and an array of peace-enhancing projects and programs in the Eastern Mediterranean. While living and working in Cyprus in the 1990s, Anastasiou was appointed Executive Director of the Institute of World Affairs Office of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, representing and working with the Institute of World Affairs headquarters in Washington, DC.
Professor Anastasiou has lectured widely in the USA, Canada and Europe, and has presented his research at various international conventions. He has been an invited lecturer for The International Visitor Leadership Program, a U.S. Department of State professional development program fostering international mutual understanding. He has also been an invited frequent lecturer for the "Great Decisions" series of the World Affairs Council, and has been included in the organization's annual Recommended Speakers Book since 2007.
As an academic, professor Anastasiou has published numerous peer reviewed books, book chapters and journal articles, on peace and conflict issues, including nationalism and ethnic conflict, peace building and the European Union, the Cyprus problem, Greek-Turkish relations and conflict transformation. His most recent work focuses on American nationalism and peace-building challenges in US foreign policy.
John Shaw
History Instructor, Portland Community College

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John Shaw is a full-time history instructor and faculty department chair for anthropology, history and women’s studies at Portland Community College. He is primarily a U.S. political historian with a specialization in American Indian law and policy. He received his master’s degree in American Indian Studies and Ph.D. in history from the University of Arizona.
Lynn Fuchigami Longfellow
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

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Lynn Fuchigami Longfellow is the Executive Director of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, a nonprofit organization whose projects include the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, a Japanese American history museum, and the Japanese American Historical Plaza, also known as the Bill of Rights Memorial. Its mission is to honor and preserve the history of the Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest, educate the public about their experience during WWII and to advocate for the protection of civil rights. Previously, Lynn was the Assistant Director of the Japan-America Society of Oregon, the oldest and largest Japan-related organization in the state, overseeing culture, education and finance.
She serves on the Board of Governors for the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the Board for the Portland JACL, Japanese Ancestral Society, Friends of Minidoka, and serves on the Advisory Council for the National Veterans Network.
Sho Dozono
Portland business leader

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Sho Dozono is the former president and CEO of the Azumano Travel Group of Companies. He is a strong advocate of diversity and equal opportunity and a respected business and civic leader both in Portland and throughout Oregon, devoting much of his time in service to the community. He has served on many boards and received numerous appointments at the public and private levels including Port of Portland Commissioner under Governors Goldschmidt and Roberts, Japanese American Citizens League Portland Chapter President, Portland Public Schools Foundation founding board member, Portland Art Museum trustee, Spirit Mountain Community Fund trustee, and board positions with Portland Community College Foundation and Portland State University Foundation. Sho currently serves as a trustee at Portland State University.

Please plan to stay following the formal program for a reception and viewing of a historic display brought to us from the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, a Japanese American history museum in NW Portland. The display will include a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Japanese American WWII Nisei Soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. The exhibit will be on display February 17 -24, 7am - 10pm.

By acknowledging this painful moment in history, we choose to reaffirm PCC's values of inclusion and opportunity for all, and to invite our community to join with us in supporting a vision where all peoples, regardless of origin, are able to equitably access and create a successful future.