Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011
The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho, was the site of the sixth annual Minidoka civil liberties symposium earlier this summer. This year’s theme, “Patriotism, Honor, and Sacrifice,” explored the complex history of military service, draft resistance, and the defense of constitutional rights during WWII.
Noted historians and constitutional scholars provided background and context relating to the Japanese American, African American, Native American, and female experiences during the war.
The two day symposium provided historical background on the internment of Japanese Americans, keynote speakers, documentaries, panel discussions, and opportunities for dialogue. The symposium closed with a play by Hiroshi Kashiwagi, “The Betrayed,” that explored the conflict between those who answered “Yes-Yes” and those who answered “No-No” on the loyalty oath required of Japanese Americans during WW II.
This year’s symposium theme was chosen to coincide with the reestablishment and dedication of the honor roll at the entrance to Minidoka National Historic Site. The honor roll was created by internees to honor those men and women from the Minidoka Relocation Center who served in the military.
The annual symposium is co-sponsored by the Friends of Minidoka, the College of Southern Idaho, and Minidoka National Historic Site.