Film on Japanese Americans in World War II

Alice and Jim Tsurumoto wedding photo, Gila River Relocation Center, Arizona, 1942.

San Leandro Public Library is presenting a film screening of “Legacy of the Nisei,” digital oral histories of Japanese Americans and veterans in the 100th/442nd Military Intelligence Service, which will take place 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at the San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo San Leandro. There will be a reception following the screening. This is the second film in a series produced by the library, featuring residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. The film presents first-hand accounts of life in the World War II internment camps and of Nisei soldiers who fought for the United States while their families were interned in 10 camps throughout the country. This composite film tells stories of love and marriage, military intelligence and the segregated 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team, resistance to the draft and the lives of young people caught up in the government action that followed the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Library staff brought together Bay Area members of the Japanese-American community to collect their stories as a permanent record of the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal and internment of more than 110,000 civilians and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry. “It is important that these stories are recorded and shared so this part of our nation’s history is not forgotten,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy. Free tickets are available at the San Leandro Main Library information desk. For information contact Addie Silveira and Mary Beth Barloga at or (510) 577-3991. “Legacy of the Nisei” is funded by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program,  administered by the California State Library.
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