INFAMY: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II

June 25, 2015
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Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II in his 2015 release Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II. Shortly after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the U.S. Army to immediately begin rounding up thousands of Japanese-Americans, sometimes giving them less than 24 hours to vacate their houses and farms. For the rest of the war, these victims of war hysteria were imprisoned in primitive camps. Richard Reeves will tell a story of the best and the worst of America on both sides of the barbed wire. The discussion will be moderated by Fred Katayama, Anchor/Producer, Reuters Television; Board Director: Japan Society, U.S.-Japan Council.

Richard Reeves, the bestselling author of such books as President Kennedy: Profile in Power, is an award-winning journalist who has worked for The New York Times, written for The New Yorker, and served as chief correspondent for Frontline on PBS. Currently the senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, he lives in Los Angeles.
http://www.localhost:10053/resources/legacy/event/uploaded/images/Katayama-New-Headshot.jpgFred Katayama is an award-winning anchor for Reuters Television based in New York. In his career spanning print, television and new media, he has covered breaking news events such as Hurricane Katrina, 9-11 attacks, the Kobe earthquake and the Enron collapse. Earlier, he worked as an anchor and correspondent at CNN, a business and general news reporter for CBS’s Seattle affiliate, KIRO-TV, and a correspondent at Japan Business Today, an NHK production that aired on CNBC. Before beginning his broadcast career, Katayama was a reporter for Fortune magazine in New York and Tokyo. He began his career as a reporter for the Associated Press. Katayama, a native of Los Angeles, earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Columbia University. He also earned a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He serves on the boards of directors of the Japan Society and the U.S.-Japan Council. He has won AAJA’s national award for reporting and newsroom leadership award, the Maxwell Media Award, the National Magazine Award as part of a Fortune reporting team, and Overseas Press Club of America citation. He lives in New York City with his wife, FCI news anchor Kaoriko Kuge, and his son, Justin.

Tickets: $12/$8 Japan Society members, students & seniors

Stories from the War
Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society presents the Society-wide series Stories from the War. Encompassing theater performances, film screenings, lectures, panels and educational opportunities for young people, programming from January to August explores history and considers challenging issues that the U.S. and Japan faced surrounding WWII through a contemporary lens.

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Stories from the War is supported by a generous grant from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.
  • Thursday, June 25, 2015
  • 6:30 pm