Japanese American internment from 1942-1946
“To honor and preserve the stories of the Seattle Pacific students, who were affected by the Japanese American internment from 1942-1946, while also promoting tolerance through awareness and education so to reconcile the past and to prevent racism from penetrating the future.” 2005 Mission Statement.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the lives of Japanese Americans living on the west coast of the U.S. were irrevocably changed. In 1942, Executive Order 9066, directly affected three Seattle Pacific College students, who were forced to leave Seattle Pacific before the end of the school year. These three, along with their families and 120,000 other west coast Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes and were incarcerated first in Assembly Centers and later in Incarceration Camps.
These events greatly affected Seattle Pacific University and its history, especially in the story of Toshiko Senda, a senior at Seattle Pacific College in 1941-1942, who release from “Camp Harmony”, the Assembly Center in Puyallup, WA so she could attend her senior graduation. In a time when wartime hysteria swept the country, justice and reconciliation were powerfully demonstrated at Seattle Pacific..
Following World War II, other Japanese Americans, who had been interned, came to study at Seattle Pacific, and their stories will not be honored and remembered as well. This website is dedicated to these students and preserving their stories of faith and perseverance.
"By the waters of the Snake we sat down and cried. On the birch we hung our koto and our captors said 'Sing us songs of Bainbridge', and we cried, how can we sing the songs of Bainbridge when we are in a foreign land?" ~ E. Brooks Andrew, 19 Seattle Pacific graduate and active participant in internment remembrance activities. www.densho.org/
This is the same passage. Psalm 137: 1-4 from the New International Version
"By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion?"
How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?"