Keynote Speaker On Japanese Internment Camps, Sam Mihara, Visits Center For Global Studies

Keynote Speaker On Japanese Internment Camps, Sam Mihara, Visits Center For Global Studies
Posted on 03/05/2019
Center for Global Studies

Award winning lecturer Sam Mihara will speak to Center for Global Studies (CGS) students at Brien McMahon this week about his life during World War II.
Seventy-five years ago, Mr. Mihara and his family were forced to move from their home in San Francisco to a prison camp for people of Japanese ancestry in desolate northern Wyoming. He is one of the few survivors speaking nationally about his experience.


After the war ended, Mr. Mihara returned to San Francisco. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Los Angeles graduate school with engineering degrees. He then became a rocket scientist with The Boeing Company, helping to insert many satellites into orbit.


In preparation of Mr. Mihara's visit, all CGS students read a chapter from his book, The Life and Times of Sam Mihara, to learn more about Japanese internment camps during WWII.  After his visit, CGS seniors will host a lunchtime seminar to talk about how the issues we faced as a country in WWII might be relevant in our world today. 


In the last five years, Mihara has spoken to over 50,000 students and teachers throughout the United States. In his Memories of Heart Mountain presentation, he discusses the experiences of the Japanese Americans who were imprisoned and how the lessons learned from this bleak period in our country’s history apply to help solve today’s issues, such as the treatment of Muslim Americans and Central American immigrants.


Last year, Mihara was presented with the Paul A. Gagnon Prize. This annual award is given to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to history education. Mihara is the first Japanese American to receive the award.