Pacific International Livestock Exposition, Yale College, Portland Expo Center discussed on The Archive Project

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Here to talk about in for very briefly I know you're GonNa love this. Is during World War Two. President Franklin D Roosevelt a Democratic president. Signed Executive Order nine zero, six six. And three, thousand, six, hundred, seventy, six people of Japanese descent. Were gathered. In what was called then? The Pacific International Livestock Exposition. And the Pacific International Livestock Exposition was a very large place and it was created in order to show livestock and to grade livestock and to trade livestock. Today that place is called the Portland Expo Center. And it's only about six miles away. In between the months of May through September nineteen, forty to. The government processed. And by processed it means. It brought people of Japanese ancestry. And about seventy percent in terms of federal number of the one, hundred, ten thousand Japanese. People or people of Japanese descent seventy percent of the hundred and ten thousand were actually American citizens. And in Portland. Three thousand six, hundred, seventy, six were brought to the Portland Expo Center. And they were confined their informer animal corrals. And they were stationed there. And then later on they were sent by train to internment camps and they lost their property, their friends and their way of life. General John Dewitt who was known for his stance against the Japanese in this country or people of Japanese descent. He said Portland was the first. JAP Free City on the West. coast. Now why do I say this? It is not to endear myself to you clearly. I, say this because I want the high school students to know that it has gotten better. and. We can talk about it in this country. And that I'm allowed to talk about it without getting into trouble. In this is a value that most precious to all of us for those of us who believe in democracy. And then although I am an independent person. And although I am a Democrat I can talk about a Democratic president who atrocious things in this is a value that I really want to share with the high school students. You're here because you were kind enough to read Pachinko. And I thought that I would talk a little bit about the formation of my career and it really began in high school. When I was in high school over three decades ago. Two things happen to me, which separated me from my peers. I. I fell in love with a novels of the American writer Sinclair Lewis. Who wrote among many many many other books he wrote main. Street. My favorite aerosmith Babbitt and very timely novel today it can't happen here. Second I donated blood to the American Red Cross and I learned that I was at chronic hepatitis B carrier. So, consequently, as girl I learned two really important things about me. I admired great old fiction that none of my friends read and I carried an illness in my body communicable through blood and sex and through childbirth. So. About Sinclair Lewis. He was a doctor son and he was the third son and his father didn't like him. He was skinny any suffer from terrible acne. He was very odd and he had few friends. So of course identified with him. Because I was tall and I was odd in I didn't have any friends. Anyway, he went to Yale College. So I wanted to go to. Yell. College. Because he had gone there. And I applied. In somehow I got in. And I know this sounds crazy. But when I got there I sort of expected him to be there. He was not. Because he had graduated in one, thousand, nine, hundred, Eighty, eight. Anyway. Even though I loved fiction so much that I chose a college based upon my favorite writer at the time. I knew I would major in economics. Because the seem like a sound thing to do when you grow up in Elmhurst. Queens and your parents work for six days a week in a tiny little store in Manhattan that was under heated and had rats in the basement. If you wanted to go to the bathroom. You'd have to. Stamp. And the rats would just look at you. Like. This is my house. That's how rats talk in New York I didn't WanNa work in that store when I graduated from. College. So My, freshman year. I took macroeconomics. And I learned that I can't read graphs. At all. Like I have no idea why you have a relationship between guns and butter. So I, considered you know maybe history because that's sounded serious. And just considered that well, just a bunch of true.

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