Mayumi Tsutakawa

Jefferson County Library speaker to tell of Japanese-American internment

PORT HADLOCK — “The Pine and the Cherry,” a tale of one family’s 100-year history and its involvement in the Japanese-American internment during World War II, will be presented at the Jefferson County Library on Wednesday.

Humanities Washington speaker Mayumi Tsutakawa, a writer and curator, will speak at the library at 620 Cedar Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

Her presentation will be the library’s final 2017 Inquiring Mind Lecture.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.

This year is the 75th anniversary of Japanese-American internment in concentration camps during World War II.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, that propelled the U.S. into the war.

The order, supported by Congress and the Supreme Court, forced those born in Japan, as well as their American-citizen offspring, to be sent to concentration camps. On the West Coast, 120,000 Japanese, two-thirds of them American citizens, were forced into camps to live under armed guard. When they returned, most had lost everything.

Tsutakawa, whose father was sculptor George Tsutakawa, co-edited “The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology,” which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award.

She also edited two books on pioneer Asian-American artists: “They Painted from Their Hearts” and “Turning Shadows into Light.”

For more about the Jefferson County Library program, see www.jclibrary.info or call 360-385-6544.