When Heroes Weren’t Welcome Home
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7:00pm


The PSU Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to be a co-sponsor for the Oregon Nikkei Endowment's 

When Heroes Weren’t Welcome Home  

A lecture by Linda Tamura, Professor of Education, Willamette University and author of The Hood River Issei: An Oral History of Japanese Settlers in Oregon’s Hood River Valley.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 7:00 pm

Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238 (Browsing Lounge)

1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

When a group of World War II war heroes returned to their hometown, storeowners refused to serve them.  Community leaders had removed their names from a local war memorial and proposed a Constitutional amendment to deny them of their citizenship.  The racist hometown homecoming of these Japanese American veterans gained national notoriety.  Linda Tamura’s talk, based on her book Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence, highlights events of the past and present. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.


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