Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will discuss his experiences as an incarceree during World War II and the balance between protecting civil liberties and national security. Mineta will be in conversation with curator Sojin Kim of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and introduced by Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Adriel Luis.
During World War II, the US government forcibly removed over 120,000 Japanese Americans from the Pacific Coast. These individuals, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were sent to ten camps built throughout the western interior of the United States. Many would spend the next three years living under armed guard, behind barbed wire.
The talk will be held in the Museum's Warner Bro's Theater and is free and open to the public. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend, especially middle school and high school students.
Learn more about Mineta's life: http://s.si.edu/NormMineta
✹ Can't make it to Washington, DC, but want to learn more about Japanese American incarceration during World War II? Attend our online program on May 17: http://s.si.edu/janys ✹