Speaker on Japanese internment tonight

Liana Pickrell, Author

Satsuki Ina, the founder of The Children of the Camps Project, will speak about her experience as a Japanese-American during the end of World War II tonight at Palo Alto High School. Her documentary film, “From a Silk Cocoon,” will be screened at the event.

Ina was born in the Japanese internment camp Tule Lake, where she and her parents were held for four years. After graduating from University of California, Berkeley, and receiving her Ph.D from Oregon State University, Ina has spent over 20 years in the field of psychotherapy with a particular interest in community trauma.

Dr. Satsuki Ina speaks to a journalism class about her continuous work in bringing racial injustice to public attention. “I’ve dedicated my life and career to telling my story,” Ina said. Photo by George Lu.

“I’ve dedicated my life and career to telling my story,” Ina said. “I’m trying to fix myself, and understand what happened to my family.”

Ina’s current social justice work includes speaking to families seeking asylum in the United States, who are currently held in prison camps near the southern border of the country.

“I want [people] to know [racial injustice] is not over,” Ina said. “It’s still happening.”

Ina will speak at 7 p.m. at Paly’s MAC Atrium.