October 15, 2018
Mount Vernon City Library
315 Snoqualmie Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington State
Monday, October 15, 2018
Humanities Washington speaker Mayumi Tsutakawa will be presenting the story of Japanese Americans in Washington State. In the lead-up to World War II, Japantown in Seattle featured grocery stores, cafes, and native-language services, as well as labor and music clubs. In Eastern Washington, Japanese farmers prospered.
Then came Executive Order 9066. Those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, were sent, without due process, to concentration camps in windswept deserts. Throughout the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes and when they returned, most had lost everything.
How did they face this injustice and rebuild their lives? How does a lively immigrant community face racist or religious hatred? The 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 was in 2017, and Mayumi Tsutakawa, whose father was renowned sculptor George Tsutakawa, will reveal her family’s 100-year history against the backdrop of this dramatic American story.