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Un-American: Japanese Internment in our Backyard
February 7 - Summer 2017

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps. More than 16,000 individuals – women, men and children – were relocated to Gila River Internment Camp only a few miles away from Chandler, simply because they looked like the enemy.

Experience the photos and stories of the people who were forced to leave behind almost everything they owned to live in stark conditions in the middle of the desert.

View the exhibit card for Un-American

16,655 Paper Crane ProjectUn-American: Japanese Internment in Our Backyard - Crane Project
As part of this exhibit, Chandler Museum is leading a community effort to make 16,655 origami cranes, each one representing one of the 16,655 individual (adults and children) who were incarcerated at the Gila River Internment Camp. 

The cranes, along with the names of the individuals, will be on view at Chandler Museum during the run of the exhibit.

The crane, or orizuru, is believed to live for 1,000 years. In Japanese culture the crane has come to represent good fortune and longevity. There are myths of souls being carried to paradise by a crane. And if a person folds 1,000 cranes, there is a belief that their wish will come true. The origami crane has also become a symbol of hope and healing.

Learn more about how you can contribute to the Project. 

Take a look at a video that gives a tutorial on how to fold a crane. (linked to Tavin's Origami Instructions)


This exhibit is complementary to America in Times of Conflict, a collaborative series with Chandler Public Library, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Center for the Arts.