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DOWNTOWN CENTRAL LIBRARY - Citizen Tanouye & Unknown Warriors of WWII - Film screenings


CITIZEN TANOUYE uniquely brings history to life for eight ethnically diverse Torrance, CA high school students through their research of THS alumnus Tech Sgt. Ted T. Tanouye, and the impact the war had on their city, while drawing attention to the civil rights abuses of WWII era America. While serving as a member of the renowned 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Tanouye's family was incarcerated in “Relocation Camps” at Jerome and later Rohwer AR. Ted's action in battle would eventually earn him the Medal of Honor.

During their investigation of school yearbooks, newspapers, internet sites and insightful conversations with WWII veterans, the relevance of history is brought into focus as the students express their personal observations, draw parallels to their own lives and realize the affect that this experience will have on their future. 

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Also to be screened will be:  UNKNOWN WARRIORS of WWII.

How do you tell a story that is beyond description? One that begins with mankind at its very worst, and unfolds to reveal a select few who rose up and showed mankind at its very best? That was the challenge presented to Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles news anchor David Ono, cameraman/editor Jeff MacIntyre and co-producer Robert Horsting.The answer was to profile the remarkable courage and kindness of the infantrymen who served in the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service during WWII, through the stories of the grateful people they liberated or rescued. This visual “Thank you” card is sure to touch your heart. 

These films will be followed by a Q&A with Mitchel T. Maki, Ph.D, CEO and President of the Go For Broke National Education Center, Oral Historian and filmmaker Robert Horsting (a producer of both films, who will be joined by some of the WWII veterans who lived this history.

"Unknown Warriors of World War II" is available for purchase on GFBNEC's website at

This event is in conjunction with:

ACCUSED OF NO CRIME: Japanese Incarceration In America       <Read More> about ReflectSpace

  • May 29 - July 8, 2018
  • Opening Reception, Friday, June 1, 6:30 p.m.
  • Go For Broke Spirit, Sunday, June 3, 2:00 p.m.
  • Citizen Tanouye documentary film, Saturday, June 23, 2:00 p.m.

ReflectSpace Gallery at Downtown Central exhibit Accused of No Crime: Japanese Incarceration in America examines a massive civil rights violation committed in our own backyard by our own government: the “crimeless” imprisonment by the US government of 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry during WWII. The artists in Accused of No Crime reflect on the historical context of the incarceration and consider its impact today. The exhibit weaves a deeply personal narrative of this dark history through art, archive, installation, and documentary film to highlight the stories of interned families and showcase artists who are descendants.

Artists in exhibition include Masumi Hayashi, Mona Higuchi, Paul Kitagaki, Kevin Miyazaki. The exhibit also includes archival images by Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Clem Albers in addition to a ReflectSpace-commissioned documentary by filmmaker Avo Kambourian about the Glendale-based Yamada family who were incarcerated at Poston, Arizona.

Accused of No Crime: Japanese Incarceration in America in ReflectSpace Gallery and the PassageWay opens on May 29 and runs until July 8, 2018. The opening reception is on Friday June 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Accused of No Crime is co-curated by Ara and Anahid Oshagan. Accused of No Crime is made possible by a grant from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

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