Asia Society Texas Center presents The Legacy of Japanese American Internment and Muslim American Discrimination Today
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously marked December 7, 1941 as a “date which will live in infamy” as the country prepared to enter World War II after Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. Under Executive Order 9066, the U.S. government designated military zones in the name of national security, and the result was the mass internment of Japanese Americans.
Although the official exclusion area surrounded the Pacific frontier, discrimination against Americans of Japanese ancestry occurred from coast to coast. In today’s post-9/11 world, Muslim Americans are the targets of similar prejudice, hatred, and violence.
Moreover, proposals to visually identify Muslim Americans have been critiqued as tactics reminiscent of society in the 1930s and '40s. Join Asia Society to discuss the memory of Japanese American internment, the current status of the community, and what it means to be Muslim American in the 21st century.