People of Japanese heritage living on the West Coast of the United States at the start of World War II were forced from their homes and placed in what are now known as "American concentration camps." There were ten such camps placed in remote and desolate areas of the United States.
Around 120,000 innocent people who had done no wrong were moved to the camps. Most stayed for the duration of the war. Many people lost everything and had to start over with next to nothing after life in the camps.
Japanese Americans and civic groups have been working to preserve the camps in order to share that part of American history. They want others to know of the experience so that no one else will have to suffer as they and their families did from the egregious violation of their civil rights which should have been guaranteed under the Constitution.
The Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium (JACSC) is a national network of organizations which are working to preserve the sites and artifacts of the American concentration camps of World War II. They want to educate the public about the unjust Japanese American incarceration experience.
A conference of the JACSC is being held from September 22 to 24, 2023, at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) located in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, California, at 100 North Central Avenue. The theme of the conference is: "Memory and Monument Making: Repairing our Racial Karma."
The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture (USC Ito Center) is co-hosting the conference with JANM and JACSC.
The public is invited to visit the Japanese American National Museum or their website to learn more about the Japanese American history. Visits may be made to most of the camp sites.