The Incarceration of Japanese-Americans in Arizona: Perspectives, Reflections and Afterlives

Event description

  • Academic events
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Free

This is a two-day event that will feature two documentary screenings, two lectures and a faculty roundtable discussion that features prominent scholars and their research on the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in Arizona. The complete event program and information about the speakers, event locations and parking can be found below.

Photo Credit: Public Domain: WWII: Poston, Arizona Relocation Camp for Japanese-Americans by Hikaru Iwasaki, 1945 (NARA)" by is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.

Event Program

Day 1: Feb. 15 (1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.) 

Location: The Lifelong Learning Auditorium at Mirabella at ASU (65 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ  85281)

1:30 p.m.: Screening of Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider’s documentary: And Then They Came for Us (2017, 51 mins)

2:30 p.m.: Presentation by Bill Staples, Jr.:  Baseball Behind Barbed Wire: Celebrating the Legacy of Japanese American Baseball (followed by Q&A)


Day 2: Feb. 16 (10:30 a.m. - 12 noon & 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.)

Morning program

Location: ASU Tempe Campus, Hayden Library, Hayden C1

10:30 a.m. – 12 noon: presentation by Janice Munemitsu: The Kindness of Color - Japanese American Incarceration & School Desegregation of the 1940s (followed by Q&A)

Afternoon program:

Location: The Lifelong Learning Auditorium at Mirabella at ASU (65 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ  85281)

1:30 p.m.: Screening of Joe Fox and Marlene Shigekawa’s documentary: For the Sake of the Children (2017, 65 mins)

2:45 p.m.: Round table discussion with Prof. Kathryn Nakagawa, Janice Munemitsu, Marlene Shigekawa, and Bill Staples Jr.

Our Speakers 

Janice Munemitsu

Janice Munemitsu is the author of The Kindness of Color: The Story of Two Families Behind Mendez, et al. v. Westminster, the 1947 Desegregation of California Public Schools


Kathryn Nakagawa

Kathyrn Nakagawa is an associate professor of Asian-Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University


Marlene Shigekawa

Marlene Shigekawa is a documentary filmmaker, activist, and the Executive Director of the Poston Community Alliance


Bill Staples

Bill Staples, Jr. is a public historian and President of the Japanese American Citizens League, Arizona Chapter


Event Locations

The event will take place in two locations. 

The morning portion of Day 2 is hosted in Hayden C1, which is located in the Concourse Level of Hayden Library on the ASU Tempe Campus (click on hyperlinks for maps)

All of Day 1 and the afternoon portion of Day 2 are hosted in The Lifelong Learning Auditorium at Mirabella at ASU, which is located near the ASU Tempe Campus at 65 E. University Drive in Tempe. Please access the venue from the SW entrance on the West side of the building (click on the hyperlink for map) and follow the signs to the auditorium


Please be advised that Hayden Library and the Mirabella do not offer public parking. If you are driving, please consider parking your car in one of the public garages near campus, including the Mill Avenue Parking Structure and the Apache Blvd Garage.  For further information, please visit the ASU Parking and Transportation Services website. 


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Event contact

Chan Lwin

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Day 1: Thursday, February 15, 2024, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm at the Lifelong Learning Auditorium at Mirabella at ASU. Day 2: Friday, February 16, 2024, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at Hayden Library C1 (Concourse Level) on ASU Tempe Campus. 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm at the Lifelong Learning Auditorium at Mirabella at ASU.

1:30 pm4:00 pm (MST)


The Lifelong Learning Auditorium at Mirabella at ASU, & Hayden Library C1