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The 1942 Hayward Japanese-American Evacuation Exhibit: Home

Exhibit showcasing Hayward's role as one of the main evacuation points from which American citizens were sent to relocation camps in World War II.

Show Dates and Location

Exhibit Dates: April 2012 - May 2012
Exhibit Location: CSUEB University Library, Hayward Campus, Lower-Mall

Exhibit Promotional Statement

Watkins Street in Hayward the Site of Infamous Relocation of Japanese-American Citizens in WWII


The Library Commemorates 70th Anniversary of this Historic Violation of Civil Rights


After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan in December 1941, racially fueled anti-Japanese sentiment was rampant in the Western United States – especially in California.

While the larger story of the U.S. government’s response -  “relocating” (essentially, imprisoning) 100,000 of its own American citizens of Japanese descent in remote camps throughout the country is fairly well known - it is less well known that a large number of those relocated were “collected” in downtown Hayward in May of 1942.

In fact, many of the most famous images that represent the start of relocation process were shot near the corner of C and Watkins street, near the present-day Hayward Public Library.

During Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, the CSUEB Library commemorates the 70th anniversary of this shameful episode with a large poster and cabinet display of artifacts on the Upper Mall, near the elevators.

Historical Backdrop

Photographer Dorothea Lange Documented Hayward Episode


You may recognize many of the iconic historical images of the Relocation by famed photographer Dorothea Lange.

Historically regarded as one of America's best documentary photographers, Lange was already famous by the entry of the U.S. into World War II in December 1941.

By early 1942, she began documenting the forcible relocation of Japanese-American citizens from their homes and livelihoods with such a powerfully critical photographic portrayal, that the Army stepped in and confiscated her work.



A recent book, Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment, treats this censorship in great detail, and presents 119 images originally impounded by the Army.

 

 

Wall Poster for This Exhibit

Librarian Liaison

Diana Wakimoto's picture
Diana Wakimoto
Contact:
Fall Semester 2018
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Note: I will be on leave starting approximately around Oct. 17th; after this time, please contact Jeffra Bussmann if you have biology research questions

Office: LI 2128
(Lower Mall of Library, walk in, turn right, & you will literally run into my office door)
510-885-4287
Subjects:Biology, History

Credits

Producers: Richard Apple, Jared Mariconi
Concept, Text and Content Development: Jared Mariconi, Richard Apple
Poster and Graphic Design: Richard Apple

Copyright 2012 by the CSUEB University Libraries