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City Manager to Discuss Japanese Experience During World War II

October 9, 2018

City and County Manager Charles Ozaki,center, will join Dr. Joe Ozaki, left, and Gil Asakawa, right, to speak about the Peruvian Japanese experience during WWII.

If you go

What: Untold Story of Peruvian Japanese during World War II

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10

Where: Broomfield Crescent Grange, 7901 W. 120th Ave.

Cost: Free, but donations appreciated

More info: depotfriends.org

Some families triumph over adversity and are more resilient than others.

Broomfield’s City and County Manager, Charles Ozaki, comes from such a family. He and his brother and two sisters, while experiencing challenges, have gone on to successful careers and productive adult lives, setting a strong example and inspiring many.

Together with his brother, Dr. Joe Ozaki, and author Gil Asakawa, he will share his family’s story and more at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Broomfield’s Crescent Grange, 7901 W. 120th Ave.

Attendees will learn about the American experience and how Japanese were treated during World War II.

“Joe will do most of the talking,” said Charles Ozaki, “since the focus of the talk is about my parents and his experience being forcibly brought from Lima, Peru to the United States to be held as hostages during World War II.”

Raised in Denver, Charles Ozaki most likely won’t share with the audience about the time, as a young boy, he designed his own skateboard from an old metal roller skate attached via nails to a plank of wood.

With a bachelor of arts in political science and a master degree in public administration, Charles Ozaki has lived in Broomfield with his wife, Teri, for more than two decades. They have been married 36 years and raised a daughter, Courtney — a Broomfield High School graduate.

His brother, Joe Ozaki, a retired orthopedic surgeon, will be interviewed by Gil Asakawa. Asakawa is the author of “Being Japanese American” (Stone Bridge Press), and is affiliated with the civil rights organization Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).

Joe Ozaki was born in Lima, Peru, and for several years lived with his parents in a Japanese internment camp in Crystal City Texas, until the war ended. Crystal City Internment Camp also held Americans of German and Italian descent against their will from 1943 to 1946.

This event featuring the three speakers is sponsored by the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends organization. While the program is free, donations are appreciated.

“This is our last talk of the season,” said Lois Vanderkooi, Broomfield Depot Museum Friends board member. “Our next talk will be in May. Our programming committee still is working to line up speakers for next year.”

The organization typically offers six talks per year.

For more information about this program and upcoming events, visit www.depotfriends.org .

 

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