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Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Central hosts Day of Remembrance for interned Japanese American students

From Seattle Central College
Seattle Central College will host a day of remembrance on Feb. 19, 2019 for the students whose lives and careers were derailed by the forced internment of Japanese Americans in 1942.

Starting at 10 a.m. Seattle Central will show the documentary “And Then They Came For Us” in the Broadway Performance Hall, followed by a discussion.

Beginning at noon, the campus will hold a candlelight remembrance at the campus’s historic Tsutakawa Fountain. Students in Japanese language classes will read the names of over 150 students of Japanese descent who were forced to leave Broadway High School, the school that later became Seattle Central College.

On Feb. 20 at noon, at room BE1110 in the main campus, the college will also host a conversation titled “The Pine and the Cherry: Japanese Americans in Washington” by Mayumi Tsutakawa, former Seattle Central faculty member and daughter of George Tsutakawa, the sculptor who crafted the Tsutakawa fountain on campus. Mayumi will be speaking about her family’s experience and the experience of other Japanese Americans during the war.
In the spring of 1942, nearly a third of the student body at Broadway High failed to show up for class. These young Japanese-Americans were removed to internment camps across the West, never to return to school.

Seattle Central’s connection to Japanese internment extends well beyond the impact it had on Broadway High School students. Broadway Performance Hall, the former site of the high school, was one of 10 sites nationwide where reparations testimonials were held in the 1980s.

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