Crocker Art Museum to host ‘Day of Remembrance’


LISA GONZALES GOT A PREVIEW OF THE EXHIBIT. REPORTER: THESE PHOTOGRAPHS PAINT A PAINFUL PICTURE IN AMERICAN HISTORY. A JOURNEY THAT WASN’T CHOSEN BUT FORCED. LIVES CHANGED FOREVER, 75 YEARS AGO, WHEN PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER AUTHORIZING THE IMPRISONMENT OF JAPANESE AMERICANS. WITH THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL PERSONS OF JAPANESE ANCESTRY.>>IT SEEMED LIKE THAT’S WHAT WE DID, HURRY UP AND WAIT. REPORTER: MAS HATANO AND HIS FAMILY WERE FORCED LEAVE THEIR HOME IN LOOMIS TO MOVE TO AN INTERNMENT CAMP WHEN HE WAS JUST 13-YEARS-OLD.>>IT WAS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED. REPORTER: NOW 80 YEARS OLD, — 88 YEARS OLD, HATANO’S STORY IS BEING TOLD THROUGH THESE PHOTOS AND ARTIFACTS AT SACRAMENTO’S CROCKER ART MUSEUM. HATANO RECALLS IT REALLY WASN’T THAT BAD.>>YOU KNOW, PEOPLE THINK IT’S STRANGE WHEN I TELL THEM I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS THAT BAD. AND THEN I WOULD EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT BEFORE THE ORDERS TO EVACUATE CAME, WE LIVED THROUGH THE DEPRESSION. REPORTER: AND AT THE CAMP, HATANO AND THE OTHER KIDS DIDN’T HAVE TO WORK ANYMORE WHEN THEY WERE NOT IN SCHOOL.>>WE PLAYED EVERY DAY. IT WAS KIND OF LIKE AN ADVENTURE. IT WAS A DIFFERENT STORY WHEN YOU TALK TO THE ADULTS LIKE MY PARENTS. ALL OF THE PARENTS. THEY HAD BEEN HERE 20-30 YEARS, WORKING HARD TO GET AHEAD, PROVIDE FOR THEIR CHILDREN, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY ARE UPROOTED. REPORTER: DIFFERENT VIEWS FROM THE DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ARE ON DISPLAY AT THIS EXHIBIT CALL “TWO VIEWS, PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANSEL ADAMS AND LEONARD FRANK,” DOCUMENTING LIFE INSIDE CAMPS LOCATED HERE IN CALIFORNIA AND IN CANADA. ORGANIZERS SAY IT GIVES PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE BOTH THE RESILIENCE AND THE HARDSHIP EXPERIENCED BY THOSE WHO WERE INCARCERATED. AND THE CROCKER’S CURATOR SAYS THE CERAMICS, TIFFANY LAMPS AND PAINTINGS SHOW THE CROSS POLINATION BETWEEN JAPANESE AND AMERICAN ARTISTS.>>A LOT OF THE OBJECTS IN THE SHOW ARE JUST STUNNING. SOMETIMES IT IS BECAUSE OF THE INFLUENCE OF ONE CULTURE AND ANOTHER THAT SOME OF THE BEST IDEAS HAPPEN. REPORTER: THE EVENT AT THE CROCKER ART MUSEUM THIS SUNDAY IS FREE.

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