Books & Conversations Past Events
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.
The Municipal Art Gallery and the National Museum invite you to join us for special readings by authors who represent the strength and breadth of contemporary writing in Los Angeles. Featuring: Jenoyne Adams, John D'Amico, Michale Datcher, Russell Leong, Sandra Munoz, Majid Naficy and D.J. Waldie.