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Facing L.A.: A Conversation with its Writers and Poets
Join us for an evening of conversation and readings with some of Los Angeles' most provocative writers. They give voice to living in Los Angeles ten years after the riots and six months after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The program will also include a special reading of Angel Island (considered the "Ellis Island of the West") immigration poetry. An evening that fuses past, present, and the future through the power and inspiration of the word.
Through a Diamond by Kerry Yo Nakagawa
Through a Diamond chronicles the 100-year history of baseball in America and the role
it played in fostering relationships between the U.S. and Japan. Author Kerry Yo Nakagawa also describes how the game of baseball remained in the lives of Japanese Americans who, even after being incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II, were able to organize themselves into leagues and travel from state to state to compete on the baseball diamond.
Nakagawa is the project director for the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP), curator of the Diamonds in the Rough: Japanese Americans in Baseball exhibition which was displayed at the National Museum in the summer of 2000, a consultant to the prestigious Baseball Hall of Fame tour entitled Baseball in America, and an independent producer/filmmaker, actor, researcher, and writer.
Lecture and Book Signing at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
Kristine Kim, lead curator of the exhibition Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience, will present the life and art of this incredible artist in a slide lecture at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which sparked the unconstitutional incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. What led FDR to sign this executive order which forever changed the lives of the inmates and their community? Greg Robinson, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Quebec at Montreal, has detailed in his book Roosevelt's attitudes that brought about the greatest U.S. civil rights violation of the 20th Century. Prof. Robinson will read from and sign copies of his new book.
Conscience, the Constitution and the Japanese American Draft Resistance of World War II
The emotion surrounding the issue of the Japanese American draft resistance during World War II may be better understood and appreciated by joining us in confronting a controversy that time has not put to rest. A panel moderated by Professor Arthur Hansen that includes Frank Abe, producer of the film Conscience and the Constitution; Professor Eric Muller of the University of North Carolina School of Law, author of Free To Die For Their Country: The Japanese American Draft Resisters of World War II; and Frank Emi, Heart Mountain concentration camp internee and draft resisters supporter will offer their perspectives and research findings on this issue. A film showing of Conscience and the Constitution will precede the panel discussion, and at the conclusion of the program Professor Muller will sign copies of his newly published book.
From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camp
This new publication contains first-person accounts of eleven former inmates who recall their memories of youth in America's concentration camps. The collection of writings is the result of autobiographical writing workshops in which participants traced their personal journey through war, giving voice to history that has been silenced. The anthology, edited by Brian Komei Dempster, was produced by the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Northern California and published by Kearney Street Workshop. Major funding was provided by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.