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Rebel with a Cause: The Life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga

  • GARDENA VALLEY JAPANESE CULTURAL INSTITUTE 1964 West 162nd Street Gardena, CA, 90247 United States (map)

Little Tokyo Historical Society and the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute present a screening of “Rebel with a Cause: The Life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga” on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at GVJCI, 1964 W. 162nd St. in Gardena.

The one-time-only screening is the second of a two-part film series commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.

Following the viewing of “Rebel with a Cause,” panelists will share personal experiences and insights. The panel consists of moderator Valerie Matsumoto, Ph.D., Donald Hata, Ph.D., Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, and filmmaker and director Janice D.Tanaka.

A question-and-answer period will follow the panel.
Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the program.

Cost: Free screening
RSVP: Reservations are requested and can be made by email,, or phone, (310) 324-6611. Indicate the number of attendees.

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga is recognized for her crucial role in the redress movement, discovering critical evidence of premeditated governmental misconduct – essentially finding “the smoking gun” – during her years of research at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. She was hired by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians in 1981 and became its lead researcher. The information that she uncovered was used in the coram nobis cases of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui as well as the National Council for Japanese American Redress’ class-action suit against the government