VIRTUAL EVENT: A Stain on American Jurisprudence: What "Korematsu vs. United States" Means for Us Today

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The forcible relocation of U.S. citizens to concentration camps, solely and explicitly on the basis of race, is objectively unlawful and outside the scope of Presidential authority." - Chief Justice John Roberts on Korematsu v. United States, 2018.

Join us virtually to hear from two Asian American luminaries: Dale Minami, lead attorney on the legal team that overturned the conviction of Fred Korematsu, and Dr. Karen Korematsu, Founder and Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute, a non-profit dedicated to advancing racial equity, social justice and human rights for all. Lane Nishikawa, actor and independent filmmaker, will facilitate a discussion as we hear behind the scenes stories from the case and the implications and relevance of Korematsu in our world today. See biographies for the panelists here.

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This program is co-sponsored with the San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. Their mission is to safeguard the civil rights of Asian Americans and all others who are victimized by injustice and bigotry and to promote and preserve the heritage and legacy of Japanese Americans.


This panel is part of the program series: The Rebellious Miss Breed: San Diego Public Library & the Japanese American Incarceration. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Visit