- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 18, 2007

Before 1942, Mine Okubo (1912-2001) was a Japanese-American college student, an accomplished artist and an employee of the Works Progress Administration. A first-generation American, she embodied the realization of immigrants’ hopes — the American Dream fulfilled. Following the Pearl Harbor attack and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s subsequent enactment of Executive Order 9066, however, she and thousands of other West Coast citizens of Japanese heritage were forced into internment camps, where they were seen as numbers, not as individuals. Tonight at 6:30, the Freer Gallery will present a one-woman show inspired by her life and autobiography (“Citizen 13660”) titled “Mine: A Name for Herself.” Today marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of Order 9066. The free event takes place at the gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, Independence and 12th Street Northwest. No tickets are required. For more details, visit www.si.edu or call 202/633-2690.

Jenny Mayo


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