Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of
the Japanese American World War II Experience

September 22nd – October 27th

Casa Gutierrez
590 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA
Open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience chronicles the stories of Japanese Americans during and immediately after WWII, and highlights the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within 10 communities across the country during that turbulent time.  Funded in part, by a grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program implemented through the National Parks Service, Courage and Compassion is made possible through a collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and select communities across the country.

After the incarceration, many California communities vehemently rejected the Japanese American families and fought the return of their former Issei and Nisei neighbors to their towns. In that atmosphere of hatred and bigotry, more than 440 Monterey residents signed a public petition urging kindness and civility towards returning Japanese Americans. Among the signers of that petition were some remarkable names-Nobel laureate John Steinbeck, famed photographer Edward Weston, biologist Ed Ricketts. This extraordinary petition was rediscovered recently by local historian Tim Thomas; the history of this unusual act of conscience has been largely forgotten in Monterey. Learn this exciting local story and view the petition at Casa Gutierrez from September 22nd through October 27th!

Learn more about Go For Broke National Education Center at goforbroke.org.

Megan Keller
Director of Education & Exhibits
(310) 222-5710
 

Go For Broke National Education Center
“To educate and inspire character and equality through the virtue and valor of our World War II American veterans of Japanese ancestry.”