Jenny Holen
Office of Multicultural Affairs, 308.865.8127
Sixty-five years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the use of internment camps during World War II, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Asian-American Student Association (AASA) will present a screening of “Time of Fear” at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The documentary will be screened in Copeland Hall, Room 140 beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12. Free and open to the public, the event will also feature a discussion and dramatic presentation after the film.

“Time of Fear” traces the lives of 16,000 Japanese-Americans who were forced into internment camps during World War II. The film contains interviews with the internees and examines how the increased presence of Japanese-Americans uncovered racial tensions within communities.

According to Bethany Potter, vice president of AASA, “Time of Fear” was chosen to be screened because it serves as an excellent educational tool.

“The Japanese-American internment during World War II is an important part of U.S. history that many people do not know much about. ‘Time of Fear’ does a good job of providing that relevant information,” Potter said.

Potter said the purpose of the film screening is to “increase cultural awareness of Japanese American history and to challenge the continuing fight against prejudice.”
The film screening is part of Asian-American Heritage Month activities at UNK. Though May is the traditional month for Asian-American Heritage activities, AASA will host the majority of its activities in April.
Events AASA is sponsoring for the remainder of the Asian-American Heritage Month celebration include two additional film screenings, “A Father for Brittany” on Monday, April 2, and a Chinese experience film on Monday, April 9, as well as a biracial relationship panel on Monday, April 16.

The panel will discuss issues that people in biracial relationships face and will be comparable to the ethnic ambiguity panel hosted by AASA in 2006