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Mukai marks 80th anniversary of incarceration order with authors of new graphic novel, “We Hereby Refuse”

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Driven by wartime fear, bigotry, and paranoia, Executive Order 9066, a policy with lasting consequences issued 80 years ago this February, authorized the removal and detention of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast.

Saturday, February 19, at 4 p.m., Mukai Farm & Garden will commemorate the 80th anniversary with an online discussion with Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura, authors of the new graphic novel, “We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration.” Register here.

Learn more about the book here. Attendance to the event is free with donations to Mukai Farm & Garden gladly accepted.

This event commemorates the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The order commanded the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry on February 19, 1942. That order was finally terminated in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, who called it a “national mistake.”

The graphic novel uses powerful art to tell the story of those who refused to accept their imprisonment in American concentration camps after being evicted from their homes in 1942. “We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration” tells a story based on extensive research to present a fresh perspective of America’s past, with troubling parallels to the present. This story is especially valuable as our country is reckoning with anti-Asian violence rooted in our history of exclusion and racism.

“We Hereby Refuse” tells of the devastating and complex effects of incarceration based on race. It reveals the depth and breadth of the long- suppressed story of camp resistance and the government’s wartime actions of sanctioned exclusion of Asian Americans. In our volatile times, it is more important than ever that Americans understand this chapter in the country’s history, and that our communities see this story as an opportunity to be the leaders of change, ensuring such atrocities never happen again to residents of American soil.

The restored Mukai house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a living testimony to Japanese American culture and education, and it is open to the public for programming all year, in accordance with state Department of Health requirements for the ongoing pandemic. Donations to Mukai support conversations on social justice and to help restore, conserve, and celebrate this historic property. Your support helps preserve and share the Mukai family’s stories, the island’s agricultural past, Kuni Mukai’s garden, and the greater history of Japanese Americans on Vashon.