Remembering the Japanese American Internment

Two student groups at Seattle University School of Law will recognize the courage of interned Japanese Americans with a special event and a journal publication.

The Seattle Journal for Social Justice (SJSJ) and Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA) will host Honoring Courage: Remembering the Japanese American Internment at 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, in the second floor gallery of Sullivan Hall, 901 12th Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening will recognize those affected by the internment, including those forced to leave their homes, those who were incarcerated, those who served in the military while their families were interned and those who resisted. It will also serve as the launch for the latest issue of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, which includes an article about internees.

Featured speakers and attendees include:

  • Gene Akutsu, who resisted the draft;
  • Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, who challenged the internment before the United States Supreme Court and ultimately received the Presidential Medal of Freedom;
  • SU Law Professor Lorraine Bannai, author of an SJSJ published article on three Japanese Americans who challenged the internment in court and the lessons to be learned from their stances in the post-9/11 environment;
  • SU Professor Larry Matsuda, who was born in Minidoka Relocation Center in Hunt, Idaho and is chairman of the SU Japanese American Remembrance Garden Committee.
  • Seattle Municipal Court Judge Ron Mamiya, who will moderate the discussion.

February 19 is Japanese American Internment Day of Remembrance, APILSA’s goal is to support Asian-Pacific Islander law students and ensure their collective voice is heard throughout the legal profession. The mission of the SJSJ is to promote critical interdisciplinary discussions on urgent problems of social justice, including exploring the often-conflicting meanings of justice that arise in a diverse society. The Seattle Journal for Social Justice is published twice a year. A peer-reviewed, student-edited, interdisciplinary journal, the SJSJ publishes writings that reflect theoretical, literary and hands-on approaches toward achieving social justice.

For more information please contact the Seattle Journal for Social Justice at or (206) 398.4988.

Sullivan Hall Patio