Day of Remembrance 2021

Day of Remembrance 2021

FACEism: A panel discussion of history and accountability

Friday, February 19, 2021
6–7:15 p.m. EST, online

How to watch: The program will be available on the museum's YouTube channel and Facebook pageRegister to attend on Eventbrite.

February 19 is the Day of Remembrance, the annual recognition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 and the subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 people of Japanese descent living mostly in Washington, Oregon, and California. To commemorate the thousands of people affected by this human rights abuse, our discussion this year features news anchor and filmmaker David Ono and his documentary series FACEism, which examines how racism is rooted in often ignored and painful histories.

"FACEism is when we make quick, often unfair, judgments about people we don't even know, ignoring the fact there is so much more behind their face."

Panelists will consider episodes from the documentary series and explore community activists’ further discussions about history, accountability, and injustice in our past, present, and future. The episodes are: “FACEism: How COVID-19 is Resurfacing U.S. History Against Asian Americans” and “President Reagan’s Apology for the U.S. Internment [Incarceration] of Japanese Americans during World War II.”

Speakers include:

  • David Ono, anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles
  • Ann Burroughs, president and CEO at the Japanese American National Museum
  • Cheyenne Cheng, Norman Y. Mineta Fellow for the Japanese American Citizens League
  • Matthew Weisbly, Daniel K. Inouye Fellow for the Japanese American Citizens League
  • Moderated by Modupe Labode, curator and public historian at the National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Real-time captioning (CART) will be provided for online programs. For other questions about accessibility, please email Two weeks’ notice is preferred.

Co-Sponsors: Japanese American Citizens League; Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation; Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Citizens League, DC Chapter; National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, and The National Park Service & Friends of Minidoka.