Quakers: Friends of the
Japanese American Community

During WWII, the Religious Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and its affiliates were among the few groups to publicly support and aid the 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were forced to leave their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated in ten camps across the United States. This event honored and commemorated the relationship between the Quakers and the Japanese American community.

Remarks from Joe Franko, Former AFSC Regional Director
Video clips of AFSC’s “Spirited Engagement”
Keynote Speaker: Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D., George and
Sakaye Aratani Professor of Japanese American Redress,
Internment, and Community at UCLA
Esther Takei Nishio, 1st Japanese American student to
return to the West Coast
Jean Hibino, Director, Nisei Student Relocation
Commemorative Fund