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March 6, 2018 > Hayward Historical remembers the Internment

Hayward Historical remembers the Internment

Submitted By Marcess Owings

Relocation. Evacuation. Internment. Imprisonment. Incarceration. These words describe the Japanese and Japanese American experience of World War II. Their stories and those of their descendants relevant today, even as we grapple with immigration, race, and discrimination. Loyal Americans: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II is an exhibition of artifacts and stories of people whose civil rights were violated. Conversely, they also show the courage and bravery of ordinary Americans in extraordinary circumstances.

Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) Curator Diane Curry says, ?Working with the Eden Township Japanese American Citizens League, community members, and speaking directly with the families who were affected by the incarceration has been an amazing experience while heart wrenching at the same time. Their stories are touching, enlightening, and horrible. The atrocious violation of their civil rights is a lesson we can never forget.?

Complementing the exhibition are three programs. The first of which is scheduled for April 14, and is a family friendly program that celebrates traditional Japanese culture. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., families can participate in making a thousand paper cranes. The cranes will be displayed in the museum lobby for the duration of the exhibition, and then sent to the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan to honor those who lost their lives during the atomic bombing in 1945. The Eden Aoba Taiko group will also be present during the program to demonstrate taiko drumming beginning at 11 a.m.

The next program will take place on May 12 at 2 p.m. where internees who experienced the camps first hand will share their stories and experiences. A third program, scheduled for August 11, will focus on civil liberties.

Loyal Americans: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II is supported by the Eden Township Japanese American Citizens League and will be on display at the HAHS Museum of History and Culture at 22380 Foothill Boulevard in Hayward from March 10 through October 28, 2018. A member?s reception is scheduled for March 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 in the evening. Admission is free thanks to a generous grant from the Edward E. and Donna L. Martins Foundation. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, please call (510) 581-0223 or visit

Loyal Americans
Saturday, Mar 10 through Sunday, Oct 28
Programs on Apr 14, May 12, Aug 11
Hayward Area Historical Society
Museum of History and Culture
22380 Foothill Blvd, in Hayward
(510) 581-0223

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