Never Again

Japanese American exclusion poster from the 1940s

Never Again is a series of speakers, films, and exhibits to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Feb. 19, 2017, marks the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942, which led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans – more than two-thirds of them U.S. citizens – in 10 hastily constructed camps in California and six other states.“

Never Again" is series of events and exhibitions that will educate and provoke conversation among students, faculty, and the broader community about the impact and legacy of incarceration camps on challenges and contradictions we face today. Historical texts, expressions, and people's’ stories will be intertwined with current day narratives and perspectives about challenges such as immigrant rights, incarceration, and racism. Through an interdisciplinary approach, this series hopes to generate new thinking and raise questions about nationalism, loyalty, incarceration, immigrant rights, human and civil rights, militarism, and racism as well as the acts of resistance, organizing, and dissent. Our goal of the events and exhibitions is to ask ourselves: What would you do then? What can you do now?

Never Again Series LogoIn the spring of 1942, Occidental College administration, faculty and students faced the uncertainty and impact of Executive Order 9066. Six Japanese American students would be forced to leave cutting short their studies. Another four soon-to-graduate high school students who were already set to come to Oxy were likewise forced to leave the “military zone" of the Pacific Coast. Led by College President Remsen Bird (1921-1946), concerned Oxy faculty and administrators took action to support the Japanese Americans of Oxy and our region. Most notably, President Bird launched a personal campaign to transfer Oxy’s Japanese American students to other liberal arts colleges across the United States. This and other stories of Oxy civic engagement are captured in the original letters and papers preserved in the College Archives, papers collected and preserved at the request of President Bird himself. Drawing from these papers and materials, the Special Collections & College Archives is launching an exhibit in the Academic Commons and on Global Crossroads to share the impact of 9066 and the forced evacuation of members of the Occidental community.

Fall 2017 Events

Konrad Aderer "Resistance at Tule Lake" 
Thursday, September 14, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Choi Auditorium

Sharon Yamato "A Flicker in Eternity" 
Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Choi Auditorium

Congressman Mark Takano "Echoes from the past: The Japanese Incarceration and Today’s Executive Orders"

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Choi Auditorium

"Cultivating Unity and Resistance" a workshop for mind, body and action" Tracy Ishigo and Sahar Pirzada

 (Postponed to spring 2018)

Series Inspired Occidental College Women's Club Quilt

May 2018 completion

Oxy's Japanese American Relocation Archival Collection 
Ongoing Online

Spring 2017 Events

Emiko Omori's "When Rabbit Left the Moon"
Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm , Choi Auditorium

Oxy Arts Speaker Series: Clement Hanami

Tuesday, February 21, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, Choi Auditorium

"Executive Order 9066: Impact at Oxy Spring 1942"
Exhibit Opens February 28th, Occidental Library

Oxy Arts Initiate! Presentations
Monday, March 27th and Monday, April 10th

"Cultivating Unity and Resistance: a workshop for mind, body and action"  Tracy Ishigo and Sahar Pirzada
Friday, March 31st, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Lower Herrick

"The Japanese/Muslim American Experience Roundtable: When are We greater than Me?" - Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed, Marwa Abdelghani, Karim Sharif, Phil Shigekuni, Rosie Yasukochi
Thursday, April 13th, 7:45 pm to 9:15 pm, Choi Auditorium

"Isamu Noguchi, Sculptural Abstraction, and Japanese American Incarceration" – Amy Lyford
Thursday, April 6th, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, JSC Morrison Lounge