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Stanford students to mark signing of Japanese internment order

STANFORD -- Stanford University students will hold a "Day of Remembrance" event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, to mark the anniversary of the signing by President Franklin Roosevelt of Executive Order 9066.

That order led to the evacuation and internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese American people during World War II.

Featured at the event, to be held in the Law Lounge, Crown Quadrangle, will be Fred Korematsu, who was convicted of violating the evacuation order and who challenged the internment of Japanese Americans on constitutional grounds.

Although he lost his case in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1944, Korematsu continued to fight his conviction and in the 1980s succeeded in having it vacated by a federal district court. His lawyer, Dale Minami, also will be on hand to discuss his experiences with the case.

The event will feature the premiere of the film Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Story of Fred Korematsu.

"Events are being held around the country so that we will not forget a shameful chapter in American history," said Selena Dong, co-chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Students Association.

That group is sponsoring the event, which is scheduled to last until about 9 p.m., along with the Stanford University Nikkei, the Asian American Activities Center and Okada House.

For more information, call Selena Dong at (415) 497-9082 or Irene Chang at 497-9035.



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