Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD

Japanese–American Internment Camps

Shirley Ann Higuchi, author of Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration, discusses the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.

[Recorded November 5, 2020.]

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      Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD, is the associate executive director of legal and regulatory affairs for the American Psychological Association and the chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation.

      The daughter of two former Heart Mountain incarcerees, Dr. William I. Higuchi and the late Setsuko Saito Higuchi, Shirley became a lawyer in part because of her discomfort with how the legal system treated her parents and their families. In Autumn 2020, her book Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. “I would not be here if not for the incarceration,” she said. Shirley serves as the Heart Mountain board chair on the Board of Directors, as a tribute to her family and to the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II and to make sure that something like this never happens again.