Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — An exhibit featuring historic photographs from the Japanese American Archive is on display at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library.
An event celebrating the Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archive will be held on Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
The story, in the Special Collections reading room on level 4 until Sept. 30, begins with the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants who came to Utah and surrounding states to work in the railroad, mining and agricultural industries.
Included are records and letters, photographs, journals, oral histories and films from the Japanese American families who settled in Utah and surrounding states. Salt Lake City's Japantown, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and other U.S. military involvement, relocation to internment camps and the establishment of Japanese Buddhist congregations and Christian churches are also part of the archive.
The archive is named in honor of Mitsugi M. Kasai for his dedication to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans and for a generous bequest he made through his estate. Kasai grew up on his family's farm in Idaho, which he ran while his brother served in World War II and then moved to Utah. Having served nearly 30 years in U.S. military intelligence, Kasai felt that Japanese Americans needed to be recognized for their patriotism and service to their country.
Also, a Friends of the Library Lecture will be given Sept. 7 by author Lily Havey, "Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a WWII Fence." The event is in the library's Gould Auditorium, level 1.
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