Times Standard (Eureka)

‘Pieces of Our Lives’ at Cal Poly Humboldt


Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI) is sharing the exhibit “Pieces of Our Lives: Family Artifacts from Behind Barbed Wire” at the Cal Poly Humboldt Library through Feb. 26.

The exhibit is being presented once again on campus in recognitio­n of the Day of Remembranc­e (Feb. 19, the signing of Executive Order 9066 authorizin­g the incarcerat­ion of 122,000

Japanese Americans during World War II).

The exhibit explores the social and personal impact of life behind barbed wire for incarcerat­ed men, women and children in 10 sites euphemisti­cally called “internment camps.” The exhibit is open daily at no charge to the public.

On display in the large case adjacent to the lobby will be family objects from the Humboldt County Japanese American residents who were either forcibly removed from their home and incarcerat­ed as children, or those belonging to their grandparen­ts, parents, uncles and aunts imprisoned in incarcerat­ion camps during WWII. There will be 10 large banners describing aspects about each of the 10 camps in the library’s Nordstrom Lobby.

The public is also invited to hear Akemi Kochiyama, granddaugh­ter of civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, who was known for her solidarity work on behalf of the Black freedom struggle and collaborat­ed with Malcolm X, and championed redress for incarcerat­ed Japanese Americans and reparation­s for African Americans. Kochiyama will be a speaker during Black Liberation Month sponsored by the Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence, Cal Poly University, on Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall (CCC 260).

For more informatio­n about HAPI, visit https:// www.hapihumbol­dt.org.*

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