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CAIR-MN, Japanese American Group to Host a Community Forum on the WWII Incarceration

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 4/10/17) – On Tuesday, April 11, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) and the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League (TC JACL) will host a community forum on the infamous presidential executive order 9066, which allowed the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Two local survivors of the Japanese American Incarceration will lead a panel of experts to discuss the history of this presidential order, the impact it had on the Japanese American community and America and to explore the question, “Could it happen again?”

WHAT:  “Japanese-American Incarceration:  Could It Happen Again?”

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 11, 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:  CAIR-MN, 2511 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN  55406

CONTACT:  Jaylani Hussein Executive Director (CAIR-MN) at 612-206-3360, Cheryl Hirata-Dulas (Twin Cities JACL) at 952-221-5867

Program Panelists Include:

  • Hannah Semba, 91 years old, was a teenager attending high school in Mount Vernon, Wash., the only Japanese American family in the area; her parents and 4 siblings were incarcerated at Tule Lake, California, and later moved to Heart Mountain, Wyo. She was accepted to Macalester College after graduating from high school in the camp, due to the work of the National Japanese American Relocation Council.
  • Sally Sudo, 81 years old, was six when she and her family were uprooted from their home in Seattle, Wash., and incarcerated for three years in Minidoka, Idaho. She came to Minnesota after World War II due the assistance of an older brother who trained at the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling to learn the Japanese Military language to translate captured documents, interrogate Japanese prisoners of war, and serve as an interpreter.
  • John Matsunaga, Minneapolis artist/photographer who has documented the remains of all ten incarceration camps.
  • Dr. Gordon Nakagawa, Emeritus Professor, Communication Studies and Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge; expert in the Japanese American incarceration and redress process, and currently a Communications and Diversity Consultant working with the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul.
  • Jaylani Hussein, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN). Hussein’s family emigrated from Somalia to Minnesota in 1993 and he is trilingual (English, Somali, Arabic). Hussein holds degrees in Community Development and City Planning from St. Cloud State University and Political Science from North Dakota State University.

 CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.


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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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