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Hiroshi Kashiwagi

Poet, playwright and actor; American Book Award, 2005

Hiroshi Kashiwagi is a poet, playwright, and actor. Born in 1922 in Sacramento, he spent his early years in Loomis, California. He was incarcerated at Tule Lake where he was defined as a “disloyal” for refusing to answer the loyalty questions. Kashiwagi, who renounced his U.S. citizenship, later worked with the Tule Lake Defense Committee and Wayne M. Collins to restore his citizenship. Since 1975 he has been speaking publicly about his incarceration experience. His poem “Meeting at Tule Lake,” written while on a pilgrimage in April 1975, established him as a seminal voice among Nikkei concentration camp survivors. He has had a career as a librarian, writer, and actor, and he won the American Book Award in 2005.

Articles written by this presenter are available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

The Tule Lake Segregation Center: Its History and Significance [AUDIO]
Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Poet, playwright and actor; American Book Award, 2005
Bill Toru Nishimura, Gardena Buddhist Church, Gardena Gardeners' Association
Barbara Takei, Writer/researcher
Morgan Yamanaka, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State University


Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Redwood A & B
Topic: Dignity