Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution
CAC member Dwight Sora will be participating as an actor in “Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution,” a new work commemorating the 2014 Day of Remembrance. This day is an annual observance marking the 1942 signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. The Chicago Japanese American Historical Society is the lead organization for the 2014 event; cosponsors are the Chicago Japanese American Council, the Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.
“Heart Mountain: Conscience, Loyalty, and the Constitution” tell the story of the Heart Mountain Resistance. Two years after the US Government authorized the incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans, it reversed course and drafted the young Nisei men it had placed behind barbed wire. A great number served in the military with distinction, but some, in the words of the late Senator Daniel Inouye, had the courage to tell the authorities, “You are wrong.”
This work, assembled from court documents and other historical sources by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, tells the story of the resistance movement at the Wyoming concentration camp, and how 63 young men who refused induction fared in World War II-era federal court. Giving voice to the proceedings, Dwight will be joining local actors Cheryl Hamada, Gary Houston, Jin Kim, Ed Kuffert, Paul Moy, Gene Mui, Stephenie Park, Cary Shoda, Dwight Sora, Jason Williams, Elaine Wong, and Joe Yau – led by director Keith Uchima.
The Day of Remembrance program will again be held at the Chicago History Museum, starting at 2 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2014, and is free and open to the public. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark Street in Chicago. Validated parking is available in the lot one block north of the Museum, on Stockton Drive and LaSalle Street. For further information, visit Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, call 773.275.0097, ext. 222, or email.