Year of Remembrance: Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner
Fri Feb 17, 2017 – Sun Feb 11, 2018
Wing Luke Museum
719 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104
The Hugh & Jane Ferguson Foundation Welcome Hall
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. They were charged with no crime. The cause of their imprisonment was their ancestry.
This exhibition recognizes the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, and explores historic and contemporary issues of racism, discrimination and human rights.
The inspiration for the exhibition came from “Glimpses of a Forever Foreigner,” a book of poems by Lawrence Matsuda and artwork by Roger Shimomura.
We asked Lawrence and Roger to share about the relevancy of the Japanese American incarceration:
(Both) What do you want visitors to take away from this exhibition?
LM: To understand the facts and emotions related to the WWII forced incarceration, so that if it happens again they can make clear and informed decisions about what they should do next.
RS: I feel that the current public political discourse reflects how much the standards of reason have deteriorated. Hopefully this exhibition and associated programming will remind the viewers of the consequences of repeating past mistakes.