Tadaima: WWII Camp Survivor Memorial Flag-Signing Tour with Judge Johnny Gogo and Friends

September 29, 2021

Recording of Tadaima 2021 panel discussion of Judge Johnny Gogo’s WWII camp survivor 48-star memorial flag signing tour. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Join us for a special speaker’s panel, part of this year’s community-wide Tadaima virtual pilgrimage lineup of daily virtual programs on the Japanese American WWII incarceration with panelists Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Johnny Gogo; Bacon Sakatani, Heart Mountain Survivor; Brad Pearson, author of The Eagles of Heart Mountain; Kiyo Sato-Nunneley, Poston Survivor. Judge Gogo will share with us his personal project to honor the memory of the Japanese American community’s mass incarceration by going on a national tour to bring WWII-era 48-star flags to Japanese American communities and WWII camp sites for camp survivors to sign. The tour will culminate on Fred Korematsu Day on January 30, when the signed flags will be donated to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

Judge Gogo will share with the community the inspiration behind his project as well as the connections and bonds he has made with members of the community along the way, including Heart Mountain survivor Bacon Sakatani, Bradford Pearson, author of The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America, and Poston survivor Kiyo Sato-Nunneley. Additionally, Judge Gogo will share upcoming tour dates and locations for any camp survivors who would like to sign the flags.

 

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