Books & Conversations Past Events
Breaking the Silence: Daughters Unveil Their Father's WWII Experiences
Film Screening, Reading, and Conversation with the Authors
Featuring author Louise Steinman and journalist Wendy Hanamura, who will both talk about their motivations, struggles and discoveries as they went through the process of reconstructing their fathers' war experiences. Weaving together her father's letters from wartime—found after his death—with the story of her own journey, Steinman tells a compelling story in her new book The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War. Steinman, a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, curates literary and performing arts programs for the Los Angeles Public Library. Wendy Hanamura documents her father, Sergeant Howard Hanamura, and his march through war and racial turmoil while fighting in the Japanese American 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team in her Emmy award-winning HONOR BOUND—A Personal Journey. As an experienced journalist, Hanamura has produced documentaries, news features, and has covered international and local news for the last 17 years.
There will be a screening of special film clips from HONOR BOUND—A Personal Journey, and Steinman will read and sign copies of her new book, The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War.
Una Storia Segreta: A Discussion About the Italian American Internment and Evacuation During World War II
Lecture and Book Signing
Lawrence DiStasi?, editor of the recently published Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment During World War II (Heyday Books: 2001), will discuss the little-known experience of the 600,000 Italian enemy aliens nationwide who were variously restricted, interned, and evacuated during the wartime. His remarks will give special emphasis to the experience of Italian Americans in California, where government measures against Italian enemy aliens were most severe. A discussion to follow will offer a forum to examine both similarities and differences in the experiences of the Italian and Japanese communities respectively, and will address comparisons with similar measures being taken today in response to the events of September 11, 2001.
International Nikkei Research Project Book Signing in San Francisco
Join us to celebrate the launching of two pioneering publications, New Worlds, New Lives: Globalization and People of Japanese Descent in the Americas and from Latin America in Japan and Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas: An Illustrated History of the Nikkei, based on the International Nikkei Research Project, a three-year collaborative project coordinated by the National Museum.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), Issei Memorial Building, 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94115.
In America's Shadow
Join us as we celebrate the publication of In America's Shadow, a groundbreaking and truly unique book for children by authors Kimberly Komatsu and Kaleigh Komatsu. In this deeply moving story set amidst the turbulence of World War II, a young girl and her grandfather leave everything behind and board a train bound for a place called Manzanar. They soon discover that their journey is more than a journey of place, it is a journey of the heart. An unforgettable and timeless story of the special bond shared between grandparent and grandchild. Reception to follow.
New Worlds, New Lives and Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas
International Nikkei Research Project Book Signing
The premiere launching of two pioneering publications, New Worlds, New Lives: Globalization and People of Japanese Descent in the Americas and from Latin America in Japan and Encyclopedia of Japanese Descendants in the Americas: An Illustrated History of the Nikkei, based on the International Nikkei Research Project, a three-year collaborative project coordinated by the National Museum. The international research team—over 90 leading scholars and 14 institutions from 10 countries—explores the fascinating experiences of Nikkei in the Americas. The editors and contributors will be on-hand to talk about their work.
Born Free and Equal
Born Free and Equal, a collection of photographs taken by renowned photographer
Ansel Adams at the Manzanar concentration camp, was recently re-released in a new and complete edition in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. Join us as Archie Miyatake, son of renowned photographer Toyo Miyatake, Sue Kunitomi Embrey, board member of the National Japanese American Historical Society in San Francisco, William H. Michael, Eastern California Museum Director and editor Wynne Benti discuss and explore the history behind Adams' forgotten work. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the presentation.