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The Story of the Nisei Trojans

By February 9, 2023November 15th, 2023Programs

When: Sunday, February 12, 2023, 1:00 p.m.

Place: Faith United Methodist Church
2115 W. 182nd Street
Torrance, CA 90504

Speakers: Jon Kaji, former president of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association;  Glenn Osaki, Senior Advisor to the USC President

Program:   In 1942, there were about 120 Japanese American students enrolled at the University of Southern California. Following Executive Order 9066, all were forced to end their studies and most were forcibly relocated to internment camps. After WWII ended, USC refused to release these students’ transcripts so they could transfer to other schools to complete their education.

Since 2007, Jon Kaji, then president of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association, pushed USC to atone for its treatment of these Nisei students.

Glenn Osaki, Senior Advisor to the USC President, and Jon Kaji will give a presentation of the 15-year effort to have USC issue honorary degrees to all displaced Nisei students and right a wrong – 80 years later.

The culmination of these efforts occurred at the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Gala on April 1, 2022, when posthumous honorary degrees were awarded to the families of the deceased Nisei Trojans.

Sponsored by Faith’s Social Action Committee; Co-sponsored by Greater L.A. chapter of JACL

Image: Jon Kaji

Image: Glenn Osaki

Image: Japanese Trojan Club 1942