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When You're Smiling: The Deadly Legacy of Internment

Saturday, May 11, 2002
1:00 PM

Film Screening, Part of Nationhood, History, and Cinema Film Series
Award-winning filmmaker Janice Tanaka documents the personal story of her family as they struggled through the harsh post camp years. This autobiographical documentary explores the dark side of life for working-class Japanese Americans living in racially mixed South Central Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. The film offers the first comprehensive account of the price subsequent generations paid for the denial of ethnic identity in the aftermath of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Tanaka will be joined by Dr. Lon Kurashige, Professor of History, USC and John Esaki of the National Museum's Media Arts Center, to answer questions from the audience.



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