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FACEism: A Panel Discussion of History and Accountability

Friday, February 19th | 4:00pm MT

February 19 is the Day of Remembrance, the annual recognition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent living mostly in Washington, Oregon, and California. To commemorate the thousands of people affected by this human rights abuse, our discussion this year features news anchor and filmmaker David Ono and his documentary series FACEism, which examines how racism is rooted in often ignored and painful histories.

“FACEism is when we make quick, often unfair, judgments about people we don’t even know, ignoring the fact there is so much more behind their face.”

Panelists will consider episodes from the documentary series and explore community activists’ further discussions about history, accountability, and injustice in our past, present, and future. The episodes are: “FACEism: How COVID-19 is Resurfacing U.S. History Against Asian Americans”; “President Reagan’s Apology for the U.S. Internment [Incarceration] of Japanese Americans during World War II”.

Moderated by Modupe Labode, curator and public historian at the National Museum of American History. Panelists include David Ono, anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles; Ann Burroughs, president and CEO at the Japanese American National Museum; Cheyenne Cheng, Norman Y. Mineta Fellow for the Japanese American Citizens League; and Matthew Weisbly, Daniel K. Inouye Fellow for the Japanese American Citizens League.

Co-Sponsors: Japanese American Citizens League; Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation; Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Citizens League, DC Chapter; National Japanese American Memorial Foundation; and The National Park Service & Friends of Minidoka.

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