Time of Remembrance 2014 program activities

The Northern California JACL Time of Remembrance committee (Florin, Lodi, Placer County and Sacramento chapters) announce two major upcoming events.  Save the date for two important and inspiring events; the 1)  community-wide program at The California Museum and Secretary of State's auditorium on Saturday, February 15th and 2) an eight-week student education programs, January 27 through March 21, 2014.

California Premiere of "Relocation, Arkansas" with producer/director Vivienne Lie Schiffer. This documentary highlights the extraordinary efforts of Rosalie Gould to save the artwork of students incarcerated at Rohwer Incarceration Center during World War II.  A former mayor of McGhee, Arkansas, she became a champion in advocating, educating and preserving the Rohwer site as a remembrance of this part of American history.


See the trailer below.
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"Time of Remembrance Discovery Program:  The Japanese American Experience, is a multi-media educational program where students learn about the Japanese American experience during World War II from those who lived it.  This powerful program includes a walk through a re-creation of an incarceration camp barrack, see the replica guard tower and hear personal stories from volunteers of Japanese ancestry.  For eight weeks, January 27 through March 21, 2014, student from throughout Northern California explore concepts such as citizenship, constitutionality, and redress.  For information or to schedule student group's contact:  Kelly Bitz  at 916-654-1729 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The NCTOR and its educational partners, The California Museum, Elk Grove Unified School District, and the California State University, Sacramento, Library, Special Collection, plan these activities in remembrance of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which suspended due process and resulted in the unjust incarceration of approximately 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into America's concentration centers during World War II.





The California Museum


We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past...

The tragedy of September 11th and the increase of hate crimes in the aftermath against innocent persons because of their ethnic identity demonstrate the importance of studying the experience of Japanese Americans.  After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the U.S. interned 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, denying their basic civil rights.  We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the past by allowing war hysteria and lack of understanding to deny anyone their basic rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

The mass imprisonment of persons with Japanese ancestry during World War II challenged the very foundation of our democratic society.  The California State Board of Education in its Model Curriculum for Human Rights and Genocide stated that “there is no more urgent task for educators in the field of history and social science than to teach students about the importance of human rights” and that we must “acknowledge unflinchingly the instances in U.S. history when our own best ideals were betrayed by the systematic mistreatment of group members because of their race, religion, culture, language, gender or political views.”  We are a strong nation of immigrants, and our ancestors come from many cultures.

The purpose of this event, “The Japanese American Experience in California,” at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts is to give students an opportunity to hear first-hand stories from Japanese Americans who were in the internment camps. The  California Museum for History, Women and the Arts offers this program in partnership with the Florin, Lodi, Marysville, Placer, Sacramento, and Stockton Japanese American Citizens League, California State University Sacramento Archives and Special Collections, and the Elk Grove Unified School District.  We need to teach students that although the strongest protection for human rights is fundamental in our democratic nation, mistakes are made.  It is the responsibility of citizens to challenge those in positions of power in the government and not allow unfair treatment or practices to continue.  The significance of this study goes beyond the treatment of Japanese Americans.  When the constitutional rights of one group of citizens are violated, all Americans are affected.

Marielle Tsukamoto
Florin Japanese American Citizens League
Time of Remembrance Education Project Chairman



Contact Us


Questions or concerns regarding NCTOR?

Christine Umeda
(916) 427-2841

Kelly Bitz
(916) 654-1729

Email at info@nctor.org


Relocation Arkansas: Preview

The search for reconciliation with their past brings Japanese Americans back to Arkansas, and to small town mayor Rosalie Santine Gould and her remarkable collection of incarceration camp art.
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