America’s dark past discussed

By Andrew Forbes/reporter

TR will host 75 Years Later from Japanese Internment May 2 to raise awareness of how the history of this interment has an impact on Japanese social issues in today’s society.

Mike Itashiki, sociology professor at Richland College, will discuss the different occurrences that took place for Japanese-Americans during World War II and the current effect of these problems on Japanese immigration reform.

TR student development associate Kim Nguyen will host the event.

“Dr. Itashiki has family that experienced internment in World War II,” Nguyen said. “He knows just how much it can impact someone’s life because he has seen it firsthand. He is also of Muslim faith, which gives him an interesting perspective on this subject.

Nguyen said she wants to educate students about the challenges associated with immigration.

“The main goal is to give students more familiarity with animosity and immigration on the subject of Japanese culture,” she said.

The event will take place 11 a.m.-noon May 2 in the Idea Store. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.