El Camino College Compton Center Hosts Nisei History Academic Activities
As part of the California Nisei College Diploma Project, El Camino College Compton Center has developed a series of academic activities to celebrate Nisei history (second generation Japanese Americans), as well as a more comprehensive history of the local area which now encompasses the cities of Compton, Carson, Lynwood, Gardena and Dominguez Hills.
The purpose of the educational enrichment activities is to connect our contemporary student body to the history of the college and of the surrounding area. The month-long series of educational events are complimentary and open to the public.
El Camino College Compton Center academic enrichment activities include:
September 28-30, 2010 - Culture Film
A showing of the film, Rabbit in the Moon, an award-winning recollection of the life, political tensions, social and generational divisions in the internment camps, providing a "snapshot of that time" according to filmmaker Emiko Omori. The film will be shown on September 28 through September 30 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day in the Staff Lounge.
October 10 - Nisei History Library Exhibit
A library exhibit highlighting "The Nisei Student Experience at Compton Junior College" debuts on October 1. The exhibit will remain for approximately a month and will display an array of photos, documents and various other artifacts of former Japanese American students and historical Compton Junior College circa 1942.
October 6 - Guest Lecture by Alan Nishio
A special guest lecture on October 6 by Alan Nishio titled "Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties in a Democratic Society: A Lesson from History." Nishio, former associate vice president for student services at California State University, Long Beach, is a founding member of the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) organization, formerly known as National Coalition for Redress/Reparation. Nishio was actively involved in the successful campaign to gain redress for Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during WWII. The lecture will take place in the Student Lounge.
October 16 - Nisei Graduation Ceremony
A Nisei Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for October 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at ECC Compton Center. This is a special ceremony held to confer honorary college degrees to approximately 35 Japanese American students (or their family members in absentia) whose education was interrupted by internment during World War II at the former Compton Junior College. Assembly Member Warren Furutani as the featured keynote speaker.
November 16 - Student Debate on Civil Liberties
A student debate staged by students from the speech courses will take place on Tuesday, November 16 in the Student Lounge. Debate topics will include discussion of civil liberties, civil rights and issues related to the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.