Quakers: Friends of the Japanese American Community – June 5, 2010

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During World War II, the Religious Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and its affiliates were among the few groups to publicly support and aid the 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were forced to leave their homes on the West Coast and were incarcerated in ten camps across the United States.

Quakers: Friends of the Japanese American Community, an event sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, the Japanese American National Museum, the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center is scheduled for June 5 at 2:00 PM at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, 369 East First Street, Los Angeles, California, 90012.

In addition to a video on the AFSC, speakers include Joe Franko, former Regional Director of the AFSC, Esther Takei Nishio, former Nisei student who was assisted by the AFSC, Lane Hirabayashi, who will share photos and comments about Gordon Hirabayashi and Jean Hibino, representing the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund.

Seating is limited. A reception follows the program.


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One Response to Quakers: Friends of the Japanese American Community – June 5, 2010

  1. Tomi Kasai says:

    In 1945 I lived in a boarding house after returning from Manzanar. I was asked by one of the gardeners, who in turn was asked by the Quaker group, I think, it may have been another religious group, to take count of all the children at the boarding house, their sex and age so they can put together Christmas gifts for the children. I must say I was able to see their surprised face as I played Santa to deliver these gifts. This is something I’ll never forget.

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