Remembering 'all' of American history





For the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 1,000 people from around the country will meet in Colorado to talk about a part of this country's past many often forget or ignore.

"This conference will explore: What does it mean today to be an American?" said Irene Hirano, longtime president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Hirano just stepped down and now serves as an executive advisor for the organization which purposefully held their national conference over the holiday weekend entitled "Whose America? Who's American?"

"It's time to celebrate what our collective history has been," said Hirano. "A deep understanding of what it means to be an American, all the good and the bad."

Hirano and Dr. Daryl Maeda believe that schools at all levels do not teach enough about Japanese American history. Maeda is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado. He says schools often ignore topics such as the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans nationwide in internment camps including Camp Amache in Granada, Colorado.

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