‘Passing Poston’ Documentary Chronicles WWII Internment

‘Passing Poston’ Documentary Chronicles WWII Internment
The documentary tells the story of four former internees.
The Poston Relocation center was built for the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona.

Cal Poly Pomona will host a screening of the documentary, “Passing Poston,” on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The university will show the film in Ursa Major AB from 1 to 3 p.m. The award-winning documentary tells the haunting story of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center in Arizona during World War II.

A Q&A session will follow the screening. Those participating will be Mary Higashi, Ruth Okimoto, Leon Uyeda and Kiyo Sato — all survivors of the internment.

The documentary screening is in honor of the late Michi Nishiura Weglyn, who died 10 years ago. Weglyn is considered the Rosa Parks of the Japanese American Redress Movement. The prominent civil rights activist is widely praised for her 1976 book, “Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps,” which recounts the dramatic tale of the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The book resulted in a presidential apology and redress payments to all the survivors in 1988.

Cal Poly Pomona is home of the Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair in Multicultural Studies. It sponsors several activities throughout the year and serves as an organizing center for those who want to make donations to promote Michi's life projects and legacy.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Danico of the Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair in Multicultural Studies at (909) 869-3115 or at mkydanico@cpp.edu. Visit www.class.cpp.edu/Organizations/weglyn/ for more details.