For Immediate Release:
January 27, 2014
Contact: Cat Nou – (916) 319-2004
Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will recognize Davis constituent
and children’s book author, Dr. Loriene Honda, on the Assembly Floor on
“Fred Korematsu Day”, Thursday, January 30th. Dr. Honda will
be accompanied by her father, Mr. Lawrence Honda, who was interned at
the Manzanar War Relocation Center during World War II. Assemblymember
Yamada’s family members were also Manzanar internees.
“In honor of Fred Korematsu Day, it is
important to reflect upon our civil rights and the heroes who stood up
to protect them,” stated Assemblymember Yamada.
“Inspired by illustrations by the late
renowned artist and Sacramento native, Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, Dr.
Honda’s book, ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’ tells Jimmy the Cat’s tale of
triumph over tragedy and freedom over fear during the Japanese American
internment during World War II. My hope is that young readers will be
empowered to stand up for themselves and for others by reading this
Dr. Honda is a child and adolescent
psychologist, using art to help children distance themselves from the
pain of abuse and neglect so that they can make strides towards healing.
Currently, Dr. Honda serves her community through her private practice
In 2010, AB 1775 established the “Fred
Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” to honor Asian
American Civil Rights Hero, Fred Korematsu, who defied orders of removal
during World War II. His failure to report to the internment camp later
became the subject of a Supreme Court case challenging the
constitutionality of forced incarceration of Japanese American citizens.
Assemblymember Yamada will host a reception in
honor of Dr. Honda and her book at 10:00 am in Capitol Room 317. Members
of the public are invited to attend. Please RSVP by calling (916)