ENEMY ALIEN FILES:
The University of Chicago, Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Dates: October 7 through November 14, 2003
An attack on America—fear, fury and calls for retaliation run rampant. The time is not September 11, 2001, but December 7, 1941, when the United States entered World War II. Over sixty years ago, thousands of Japanese, German and Italian immigrants in the USA and Latin America experienced arrest, forced relocation, internment and deportation solely because of their nationality. The ENEMY ALIEN FILES exhibit combines rare photographs, oral history excerpts, and documents to explore how wartime fears, anti-immigrant attitudes and racism affected men, women and children against whom no charges of wrong-doing were ever brought. The exhibit illuminates disturbing parallels with post 9/11 experiences in Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities all over the U.S.
Produced by the National Japanese American Historical Society, the American Italian Historical Association (Western Regional Chapter), the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, the German American Education Fund and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (San Francisco), the exhibit was funded in part by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.
The Chicago presentation of this exhibit is hosted by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program, Rockefeller Chapel, The Center for East Asian Studies, The Center for Latin American Studies, The Chicagoland Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights, and the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.
For more information contact: Maureen Loughnane 773-834-0957 or firstname.lastname@example.org