KSDK (Channel 5) filmed interviews with Professor Rebecca Copeland (Japanese Language & Literature, EALC) and Professor John Inazu (Law & Religion, School of Law) in the East Asian Library last week for a news story on Japanese-American internment and Washington University’s legacy of providing college-aged Japanese-Americans opportunities to continue with their education (outside of internment camps) during WWII. The story aired over the weekend, and is also available online on the KSDK website.
Professor Copeland also appeared on a St. Louis Public Radio episode of St. Louis on the Air discussing the same topic. February 19 marked the 75 year anniversary of Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, that lead to the “evacuation” of Japanese and Japanese-Americans to internment camps.
The Asian American minor program, along with the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the department of History, the East Asian Studies Program and the School of Law will be hosting a panel discussion “Executive Orders: The Living Legacy of Japanese American Internment” this coming Friday, February 24, from 3:30pm to 5pm, in Umrath Lounge. The panel also brings Gyo Obata, a Washington University alumnus and the co-founder of the global architecture firm HOK.
Documents related to the relocation of Japanese-American students to Washington University are held by University Archives at Washington University Libraries, including WU Yearbooks from the time and Chancellor George Throop’s letters. Samples of those materials can be viewed from this research guide compiled by Special Collections.