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Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps

Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps
Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps

Date & Location

Mar 04, 2023, 11:00 AM – Oct 01, 2023, 8:00 PM

$9 - $16 , 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Event Detail

EXHIBITION Don’t Fence Me In: Coming of Age in America’s Concentration Camps explores the experiences of Japanese American youth who asserted their place as young Americans confronting the injustice of being imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II and embarking on the universal journey into adolescence. 

During World War II, over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were unjustly incarcerated in American concentration camps—approximately one third were children. Through photographs, personal stories, and artifacts, Don’t Fence Me In reveals the strength and ingenuity of young Americans who came of age in the ten War Relocation Authority camps and the Crystal City Department of Justice internment camp. 

From volunteer projects and color guards at memorial services to camping trips, social dances, scout troops, and sports leagues, they drew upon their own resilience and creativity to forge friendships and community in the face of abrupt upheaval and wrongful imprisonment in their youth. 

For some, these activities were the continuation of their pre-war participation or became the foundation for a lifetime of dedication. For others, they were a brief experience that only lasted as long as their incarceration. But whether they were the most important thing or one of many things happening in their lives, their participation was an integral part of their unique wartime experience.

📅 Dates & Times 

March 04 - October 01, 2023

Museum hours
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; last entry is at 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; last entry is at 7 p.m.

📍 Venue

Japanese American National Museum 

100 North Central Avenue 

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 👪 Age requirement

All Ages (Not recommended for little kids)

🎫 Tickets/Price 

Adult $16.00

Senior (62+) $9.00

Student (18+, with valid ID) $9.00

Youth (6-17) $9.00

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