Japanese Americans to share WWII experience at Rosies Trust event 

Japanese Americans to share WWII experience at Rosies Trust event 
Flora Ninomiya speaks at a Richmond Rotary event honoring the memory of late club president and ardent community volunteer David Ninomiya at Shimada Friendship Park on April 22, 2022. (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

Flora Ninomiya and Ben Takeshita will share their childhood experiences at U.S. relocation centers for Japanese Americans during WWII at “The Impact of Executive Order 9066”—a Zoom discussion presented by the Rosie the Riveter Trust on Wed., May 25 at 6 p.m.

Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 and authorized the secretary of war to designate particular areas as military zones, ultimately resulting in the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII, per the National Archives.

“Flora and Ben have been sharing their stories as volunteers for many years at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park,” stated Rosie the Riveter Trust in a communication.

A short, one hour film, “Blossoms and Thorns,” regularly shown at the park’s Visitors Center courtesy of the Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League, will be shown prior to the discussion. Relevant to the discussion, the film’s subject matter focuses on Richmond’s Japanese-American community members who were incarcerated during WWII, per park officials.

To register for the free Zoom event, click here. Questions? Contact Rosie the Riveter Trust at 510-507-2276.