Iva: The True Story of Tokyo Rose
Wednesday, November 4 | 6:30-7:30pm | Zoom
Iva Toguri was born in Los Angeles to Japanese immigrant parents. Trapped during a family visit to Japan during World War II, Iva was forced to do broadcasts for Radio Tokyo because of her American accent. Refusing to become a Japanese citizen, she stayed loyal to the U.S. and refused to participate in any propaganda broadcasts. After the war, she was falsely identified as Tokyo Rose, even though there was no woman who broadcast using that moniker. The presidential election of 1948 was a time of racism against Japanese Americans and extreme politics. The Attorney General at that time, Tom Clark, decided to prosecute Iva in a national show trial where perjured testimony sealed her conviction. Sentenced to ten years and losing her citizenship, it was not until much later in her life that this travesty of justice was recognized and that she was pardoned.
Local author Mike Weedall presents this little-known story of a courageous and patriotic woman who was betrayed by her government.
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