Dissonant Voices 2019
Professional Development for Secondary Educators
We Are All Americans
September 28, 2019
How did the experience of being forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated affect the choices made by people of Japanese ancestry as they responded to the government’s call for loyalty and service?
Mark your calendar for our next Dissonant Voices - We Are All Americans. People of Japanese ancestry faced a deep moral dilemma in the 1940s when confronted with the decision whether or not to serve in the US military while their families were incarcerated in concentration camps without due process.
We will focus on three case studies: Gordon Hirabayashi, who registered as a Conscientious Objector while his close cousin fought overseas; Jack Tono, a draft resister with the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee; and Seiki Oshiro from Hawaii, who served with the Military Intelligence School. Chizu Omori will speak on the Loyalty Questions in 1943 and their lasting impact.
Join your colleagues for open-ended inquiry into what it means to be American – then and now. Why did some individuals believe civil rights should be restored before service, while others were committed to proving themselves to gain back civil rights?
We will meet at the former Military Intelligence School (Building 640) in the Presidio of San Francisco, now the museum of the National Japanese America Historical Society, a co-sponsor of this workshop with support from the NPS Japanese American Confinement Sites Program. Guest speakers to be announced.
Last updated: May 16, 2019