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Free Screening of Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066  examines the false information and political influences behind the World War II internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, Community Discussion
Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 - Community Workshop
Film and panel discussion to explore the history of anti-Asian sentiment in the United States and the recent surge of hateful rhetoric in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists include Larry Oda, Sandy Lydon, and Gary Fujii. JT Mason, co-founder of Whites for Racial Equity, will emcee.

This event is presented by Whites for Racial Equity, the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Monterey County, and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Monterey Peninsula.

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is a one-hour documentary film about the false information and political influences behind the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.  Director Jon Osaki exposes the lies used to justify the internment and the cover-up that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The film draws parallels to the current climate of fear, the targeting of immigrant communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

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Aug 15, 2020 03:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Larry Oda
Larry Oda was born in a Justice Department Internment Camp in Crystal City, Texas during World War II and lives in Monterey, California. He was educated in Monterey City Schools and received Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from California State University, Fresno. He is Chair Emeritus of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation and served two terms as National President of the Japanese American Citizens League. He remains engaged in numerous leadership capacities for JACL locally and nationally. He currently chairs the Financial Oversight committee the US/Japan Education Committee, and Past National Presidents Committee Larry was elected to the National Board of the Buddhist Churches of America as a Delegate At Large, and President of the Coast District Council. He is a Senior Advisor for the Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple Board of Directors and is a Trustee of the Big Sur Land Trust.
Sandy Lydon
Author, historian, and educator Sandy Lydon grew up in Hollister, California. He graduated from UC Davis, Sacramento State and the East-West Center, Honolulu. He has been inducted into the Hollister High School Haybaler Hall of Fame. Has was a classroom teacher for 52 years. He is currently Historian Emeritus at Cabrillo College, Aptos, where he taught Asian and Asian-American History since 1968. He has been an active member of the JACL for over 40 years and was the recipient of the JACL Creed Award in 1989 for his work on behalf of Redress. He was honored with the JACL Sapphire Pin Award for his commitment to promoting public awareness of the Asian American experience. He wrote the 50th anniversary histories of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz and San Benito County JACL chapters and is the author of the award-winning Chinese Gold: The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region and Japanese in the Monterey Bay Region: A Brief History.
Gary Fujii
Gary Fujii is a third-generation Japanese American. Born in 1941, Gary spent four years interned as a child during World War II Gary, his parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle, all living in California, were relocated to Heart Mountain, Wyoming. After camp, they moved to Ohio for several years before returning to California. Gary was a Kendo martial artist, taught by his father who was a pioneer in bringing Kendo to the United States and the highest-ranking Sensei in this country. Retired for many years from a long and successful career in the produce industry, Gary has called the Peninsula ¨home¨ since 1985. He lives in Pacific Grove with his wife, Caroline, and their dog, Musubi.