|Former detainee to recall Japanese American incarceration during World War II|
|Thursday, April 12, 2012|
Joanne Iritani will speak about her experience at an Arizona internment camp at a free, public program in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library on April 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Iritani was incarcerated in the Poston camp from May 1942, at the age of 12, until August 1945 and now writes and speaks frequently about the camps. She and her husband, the late Frank Iritani, wrote “Ten Visits: Accounts of Visits to All the Japanese American Relocation Centers” to chronicle the remains of each camp. Her granddaughter, Marisa Iritani, is a sophomore majoring in biology and Asian studies at UNC.
The program will also feature Eric L. Muller, a professor of law at UNC, who will discuss the legal and scholarly issues of incarceration, and members of a first-year seminar led by Heidi Kim, an English and comparative literature professor. The students will exhibit documents from the Wilson Special Collections Library and describe their own research about Poston.
Media contact: Heidi Kim, (919) 360-4191,