Japanese American Internment Pop Up Museum & Taiko Swingposium

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Each year on January 30, HSU observes the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. This year, a pop-up museum of WWII internment camp artifacts will be on display on the first floor of the HSU Library from January 14-27, 2020. There will be originally designed banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps, artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors, as well as books and posters will be on display in various exhibit cases and the lobby. Visitors can learn about the experiences of Japanese American families incarcerated in the WWII internment camps by perusing this pop-up museum featuring family objects and photos from camp, belonging to local Humboldt County Japanese American residents whose family members were interned.

San Jose Taiko will be coming to Humboldt with their exciting performance of SWINGPOSIUM ON THE ROAD. They will provide a 30-minute stage performance followed by a Q & A in Van Duzer Theater at 7pm, Thursday, Jan. 30. THis performance is free and open to everyone. Q & A will address constitutional rights and the laws eroded that protected people of color, different ethnicities or religions. We hope to foster dialogue around human and civil rights, and honor the resilience of the Japanese Americans who endured illegal mass incarceration. This performance is funded by HSU Library and HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Swingposium will transport audiences back to the days of World War II and tell the story of big bands in the Japanese American incarceration camps. It is a celebration of the big band music that was a source of hope in the camps and a connection to the outside world. There will be additional performances in the community from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1. For more information, plus a sample of the Swingposium, see

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Additional Performances Information:

Four public performances will be presented: a free public performance Jan. 30 at the Humboldt State University Van Duzer Theater and three ticketed performances on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Bayside Community Hall, 2297 Jacoby Creek Road. Tickets for the Bayside performances are $10, and will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 4 at and Wildberries Market in Arcata. All events have been coordinated by Taiko Swing Humboldt, a project of the Humboldt Folklife Society.

On Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., in observance of the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, a 30-minute performance followed by discussion will be presented in the Van Duzer Theater. This performance is free to the public, funded by the HSU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the HSU Library Foundation. The week prior to Jan. 30, banners explaining the history of the Japanese American incarceration camps and artifacts and ephemera collected from camp survivors will be displayed in the HSU Library lobby.

The three Bayside Community Hall performances will begin with a 30-minute “talk story” before audience members are immersed in a 90-minute Swingposium living history experience at the dance. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to these performances on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 1, at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Because attendees are “at the dance,” the audience will be standing for the duration of the performance, with only limited seating available upon request for persons with limited mobility. For more information, email, call 707-633-3155 (voice mail) or go to @taikoswinghumboldt on Facebook.