SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Bridging Communities program of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) recently took high school students on a three-day trek to Tule Lake, where 18,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.
This site, the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Tule Lake Unit, was the largest of America’s concentration camps, and is located near the California-Oregon border.
The San Francisco Bridging Communities program was held in partnership with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area branch (CAIR-SFBA) and the Tule Lake Committee. The program featured workshops over a five-month period, bringing together Asian American and American Muslim students to learn with and from one another by examining one other’s history and experiences.
The students discussed the parallels they share in being viewed and treated like “the enemy” following Pearl Harbor and 9/11, and the racial profiling and stereotypes that continue to challenge them today. (More)