In 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which allowed for the Secretary of War to create military zones from which certain groups would be excluded. These federal orders lead to the eventual incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent for the duration of World War II. However, exclusionary laws existed in the state of California before that, and more were passed immediately leading up to and during incarceration.
Charles Kobayashi will discuss discriminatory legislation passed by the State. Veronica Lara will reveal what the collections at the California State Archives show regarding the state’s cooperation with the federal government as it displaced all people of Japanese descent
Charles Kobayashi graduated from UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law and opened a private law practice. He served as Deputy Attorney General in California and eventually became Senior Assistant Attorney General in charge of statewide Business and Tax litigation for the state. In 1988, he was appointed as Municipal Court Judge, and was elevated to Superior Court Judge in 1990.
Veronica Lara is the project archivist working on the State Archives’ California Civil Liberties Public Education Project (CCLPEP) grant, funding by the California State Library. She has been working for the California State Archives for the past two years. Veronica received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.
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