Wednesday, November 20, 2013

BHS Hosts Guest Speaker David Sakura

Internment of Japanese-Americans: A Father’s Voice and a Boy’s Remembrances
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Burlington High School

A special thank you to Art Teacher Ms. Christina Chang for organizing this amazing opportunity for our students.

David Sakura is a third generation Japanese-American (Sansei) whose grandfather was a leader in Seattle’s Japanese community during the early 1900s.  Prior to World War II, David’s family and relatives, along with forty other Japanese families, lived in Eatonville, WA, a small logging community located in the foothills of Mt Rainier.

After the outbreak of World War II, David’s family was involuntarily detained at Camp Harmony, a temporary detention camp.   The family was subsequently transported to Minidoka, a permanent internment camp in Idaho.  During the internment, David’s father and three uncles enlisted into the US Army and served with the all Japanese-American 442 Regimental Combat Team.

Toward the end of World War II, David’s mother and her three boys were released from Minidoka and moved to Wisconsin under the sponsorship of the American Baptist Home Mission Society.

By using excerpts from his father’s letters from the camps, photos from the University of California archives and his own remembrances, David offers a highly personal account of his family’s internment experiences.

Mr. Sakura will be speaking during periods 1 and 3 in the library to history and art students.

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