Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Historic Gathering of Civil Rights Heroes at Fred Korematsu Day Heroes Celebration in San Francisco on January 27, 2013

The Korematsu Institute is celebrating Fred Korematsu Day 2013 at the Fred Korematsu Day Heroes Celebration at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco, CA, on Sunday, January 27, 2013. This will be a historic gathering of Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on. The event also features celebrity emcee Danny Glover, as well as a special performance by American Idol star Jasmine Trias.
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Fred Korematsu Day Heroes Celebration Honorees:
Fred Korematsu: US Supreme Court plaintiff who challenged the WWII internment of Japanese Americans. Karen Korematsu will represent her father at the event.
Grace Lee Boggs: Chinese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Unfortunately, Ms. Boggs is unable to attend the event.
Mitsuye Endo: US Supreme Court plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. Wayne Tsutsumi and Wendy Weiner will represent their mother at the event.
Filipino World War II Veterans: Filipino soldiers who fought for the US against Japanese forces during WWII but were later denied US military benefits. Veteran Alberto Saldajeno will represent this honoree group at the event.
Gordon Hirabayashi: US Supreme Court plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. Jay Hirabayashi will represent his father at the event.
Internment Dissenters: “No Nos,” draft resisters, and renunciants who challenged the WWII incarceration and mistreatment of Japanese Americans. “No-No” Hiroshi Kashiwagi will represent this honoree group at the event.
Larry Itliong: Filipino American organizer and coalition builder in California’s farm labor movement. Johnny Itliong will represent his father at the event.
Japanese American World War II Veterans: Soldiers who fought bravely in segregated WWII military units in the face of racism at home. Veteran Asa Hanamoto will represent this honoree group at the event.
Yuri Kochiyama: Japanese American grassroots activist for pan-ethnic social justice movements. Audee Kochiyama Holman will represent her mother at the event.
Queen Lili’uokalani: Last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii and advocate for Hawaiian sovereignty. Unfortunately, relatives of the Queen are unable to attend the event.
Dollar Store Strikers: Women labor activists who launched one of the longest-running strikes in San Francisco’s Chinatown’s history. Mervyn Lee, son of striker Sue Koh Lee, will represent this honoree group at the event.
Mamie Tape: Chinese American child plaintiff in landmark case reinforcing equal access to education. Alisa Kim will represent her aunt at the event.
Bhagat Singh Thind: Sikh American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case examining race-based citizenship. David Bhagat Thind will represent his father at the event.
Philip Vera Cruz: Filipino American founding member of the United Farm Workers and defender of workers’ rights. Fernando Gapasin will represent his uncle at the event.
Wong Kim Ark: Chinese American plaintiff in US Supreme Court case affirming birthright citizenship. Unfortunately, the Wong family has not confirmed if they plan to attend the event.
Min Yasui: US Supreme Court plaintiff who challenged the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. Serena Hawkins-Schletzbaum and Chani Hawkins-Walker will represent their grandfather at the event.

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program
Where: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102

Tickets: Available for purchase at http://bit.ly/kdayheroestix
$100 VIP reception with honorees + program admission
$25 program general admission
$10 senior (65+)/student/youth (under 18) admission
If you are a Filipino WWII veteran, Japanese American WWII veteran, Internment Dissenter, or Dollar Store Striker wishing to attend, please call us to request complimentary tickets.
More info: Call 415-848-7737
Web site: www.FredKorematsuDayHeroes.org

ABOUT FRED KOREMATSU DAY
Fred Korematsu Day is the first day in US history named after an Asian American. In 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB1775, creating “Fred Korematsu Day” as a permanent day of special significance, when schools around the state are encouraged to teach Mr. Korematsu’s story and protect the civil liberties of all people. Fred Korematsu Day is celebrated every January 30, on Mr. Korematsu’s birthday. In May 2012, the governor of Hawaii declared January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in Hawaii. There are multiple events planned in Honolulu on January 30, 2013, including an appearance by Governor Abercrombie. On January 18, 2013, Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in Utah, the state where Mr. Korematsu was interned during World War II. This Fred Korematsu Day 2013 season, there are some 25 events taking place in 10 states in January and February.

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education is dedicated to advancing pan-ethnic civil and human rights through education. Founded in the name of the late civil rights hero Fred Korematsu, the Korematsu Institute develops and distributes FREE curriculum to teachers around the country. Teachers can sign up for kits at http://bit.ly/korematsucurriculum. The Institute organizes community and school events nationwide to commemorate Fred Korematsu Day. For more information, visit www.KorematsuInstitute.org.

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