Legacies of the Japanese American Incarceration: Korematsu, Hirabayashi, and the Evolution of Xenophobia
The University of Washington School of Law’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) in collaboration with Seattle University’s Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA) and sponsored by the Kip Tokuda Grant, presents a community panel event about the legal history of Japanese American incarceration and its xenophobic legacies.
The United States has a long history of justifying racial hierarchy. Beginning with the genocide of Native Americans and continuing with the enslavement of African Americans, the narrative of racism has been baked into the very foundation of this country. Racial discrimination has been routinely legalized by our highest courts in decisions such as Dred Scott v. Sandford in 1857, Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, Hirabayashi v. United States in 1943, and Korematsu v. United States in 1944. Echoes of these cases can be seen in many major systemic issues of the present, such as the detention and deportation of immigrant families today.
With the goal of recognizing the tremendous hurt and harm that communities of color have experienced under the continued legalization of discirmination, this event will provide an opportunity for students, professionals, and community members to learn from a distinguished panel of legal professionals and activists who all have roots in Japanese American advocacy and continue to play hugely impactful roles in promoting civil rights. This event will center on the history of the Japanese Americans in Seattle, their incarceration, and the legal battles waged for their rights. Lastly, the event will address how the Japanese American incarceration intersects with immigrant rights issues we are seeing today and showcase several community movements.
***The first 30 registered attendees will be shipped a copy of Dorothea Lange’s impactful photo collection from inside the camps, entitled: “Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment.”***