Posted by: Office of Diversity
"Red and Yellow, Black and White..." The Dynamics of 'Color' from Historical to Contemporary Christian Campus.
On February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, ordering the evacuation of all American families of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast into internment camps. All Nisei (2nd generation citizens by birth) were forced to leave their homes & college education. State Assembly Bill 37 & APU in a reconciliatory gesture granted its former Nisei American students a commencement ceremony nearly 70 years later.
Evelyn Shimazu Yee will present her film: Hope and Faith: The Story of APU’s Nisei Heroes, Their Courageous Journey of Faith Despite Years of unjust exclusion in ‘Relocation’ Camp Exile.
Evelyn Shimazu Yee and Dr. Kevin S. Huang will facilitate this session that will examine the Nisei experience through the eyes of these Nisei heroes. This session will explore the forgotten historical diversity and mission of APU, learn from the Nisei the importance of history, reconciliation, and most importantly, the direction of diversity. The three learning outcomes are (1) HISTORICAL ASPECT: The session hopes to raise awareness of the rich and yet forgotten APU foundational diversity connection. (2) RECONCILLIATION: Participants will explore the importance of genuine reconciliation. (3) CURRENCT DIVERSITY ISSUES: Participants will look at the current challenges & dynamics of the marginalization of all groups of color on campus and in society.