Upcoming Event: Japanese American History
"Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i program, The Fortunate Exception: Hawai‘i and the Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II, on Wednesday, May 10; from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on the JCCH fifth floor. Co-presented by the JCCH, the Hawaiian Historical Society and sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). ADMISSION IS FREE. For more information, call the JCCH at (808) 945-7633 or email email@example.com.
This panel discussion brings together two academic authors on the Japanese American internment experience in Hawai‘i, Tetsuden Kashima, Ph.D., and Greg Robinson, Ph.D.; and veteran filmmaker and historian, Tom Coffman, who will focus on the anomaly of the Hawai‘i experience and the factors that contributed to the different treatment of―and the eventual shift in the U.S. government’s decision to not intern―the majority of the Japanese community in Hawai‘i during World War II. Guests will view segments of Coffman’s The First Battle―his newest documentary about the inter-racial community effort that, in spite of intense pressure from Washington, prevented the mass imprisonment of the Japanese community in Hawai‘i and secured their right to military service."