Japanese American Internment: Memories of Heart Mountain
Osher (50+). In this course, Sam Mihara tells the story of his family and what happened to them in a Japanese internment camp, why the camps were created and the important lessons that he learned from this experience.
About this course:Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American (Nisei) born and raised in San Francisco. When World War II broke out, the United States government used armed military guards to force nine-year-old Sam and his family to move to the Heart Mountain, Wyoming prison camp. It was one of 10 such camps in the country that together housed more than 120,000 west coast residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them U.S.-born American citizens. Sam and his family lived in one room, 20 by 20 feet square in a barrack for three years. In this course, Sam describes the events leading to internment, and life for Japanese American citizens imprisoned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming during World War II. He has also studied the current detention of immigrant families across the country and shares his findings.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.