Mass Imprisonment in America - Madison

Event Dates: 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
2-4pm at Fountain of Life Covenant Church (633 Badger Rd)
6-8pm at First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay Dr)

Sam Mihara is a former prisoner at Heart Mountain Camp in Wyoming, one of America's racist Japanese internment camps. On July 11, Mihara will speak about mass incarceration, one of the few people former internment prisoners to speak about the experience.

Sam will be introduced by Douglas Nelson, author of "Heart Mountain: The History of an American Concentration Camp" and Vice Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.

Sam's presentation will cover:
His own experiences at Heart Mountain, 
Why only Japanese Americans were imprisoned, 
Typical daily conditions in camps around the country,
The release from camp & conditions upon returning home 
Today's prison camps for Central American refugees

Sam Mihara is a second-generation Japanese American (Nisei) born and raised in San Francisco. When World War II broke out, the United States government using armed military guards forced Sam, age 9, and his family to move to the Heart Mountain camp. It was one of 10 such camps in the country that together housed over 120,000 West Coast residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them U.S.-born American citizens. Sam and his family lived in one room, 20 by 20 feet square in a barrack for the war's duration.

After the war ended, the family returned home to San Francisco. Sam attended U.C. Berkeley undergraduate and UCLA graduate schools, where he earned engineering degrees. He became a rocket scientist and joined the Boeing Company where he became an executive on space programs. Following retirement, Sam changed careers and is now a national speaker on the topic of mass imprisonment in the U.S. - one of the few, if not the only, former prisoners who speaks nationally about his experience.