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Japanese Hospital: Caring for the Pre-War Nikkei Community

Discover Nikkei & the Little Tokyo Historical Society presents...

Japanese Hospital: Caring for the Pre-War Nikkei Community
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Free with JANM admission
Light reception to follow

For the early Issei immigrants, access to medical care was limited. Five Issei doctors sued the State of California after being denied papers of incorporation to build a hospital. Jordan vs. Tashiro was won in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1928. Japanese Hospital opened in Boyle Heights in 1929.

The program will include:
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Troy Kaji will talk about the historic case and the establishment of the Japanese Hospital
  • Moderator: Gwenn Jensen, author of Silent Scars of Healing Hands: Oral Histories of Japanese American Doctors in World War II Detention Camps
  • Special Guest: Janice LaMoree—daughter of J. Marion Wright, the attorney who represented the doctors in the court decision—will speak about her father presenting the case in Washington D.C.
  • Video clips from interviews sharing stories related to the community hospitals
  • Arrive early to view slideshow of historic photos from the hospitals and Little Tokyo community.
Reservations are recommended to rsvp@janm.org or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event.