Books & Conversations Past Events
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and David Mura: Back and Forth
Join U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellows and award-winning authors Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and David Mura as they share their experiences in Japan and how it impacted their work. Ms. Houston, who co-authored the book and screenplay Farewell to Manzanar, will read from her forthcoming book, Fire Horse Woman and Mr. Mura will read from Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei (1991).
The Art of Injustice: Messages Behind the Images
Featuring: Kristine Kim, co-curator of the exhibition, Rick Moss, curator at the California African American Museum, Nelly Toll, contemporary artist and author of When Memory Speaks: The Holocaust in Art and moderated by Nancy Berman, Director Emeritus and curator at the Skirball Cultural Center.
Slide Presentation and Book Party—Topaz Moon: Chiura Obata’s Art of the Internment
Featuring: Kimi Kodani Hill
Join Kimi Kodani Hill as she discusses the art and lives of her grandparents, Chiura, an artist and professor at UC Berkeley, and Haruko Obata, who created art during their incarceration in Tanforan and Topaz, Utah. The Obatas are also the parents of Gyo Obata, architect of the National Museum’s Pavilion.
Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain by Amy Uyematsu
Poet Amy Uyematsu will read from her latest book of poems, Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain, with musical accompaniment by bass musician, Taiji Miyagawa. This new collection addresses living in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s—from the riots and violence of the city, to fires and other natural disasters. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested by March 17.
Day of Remembrance Celebration with Michi Weglyn
Please join us for a very special day honoring Michi Weglyn, author of Years of Infamy in conjunction with the Day of Remembrance Conference. Weglyn’s book was published in 1976 after eight years of research and continues to be one of the most important books ever written on the mass removal and incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans during World War II. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested by February 15.
Lost Battalions: Going for Broke in the Vosges, Autumn 1944 by Franz Steidl
Meet the author of Lost Battalions, Franz Steidl. Lost Battalions chronicles the fate of the 1st Battalion of the 141st “Alamo” Regiment, cut off for five days behind German lines, and the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team which came to the rescue. At the same time, only five miles north, a 1000-man battalion from Salzburg, Austria, simply “vanished.” The mountain troops sent to link up with them soon found themselves surrounded and holding a mountain pass against overwhelming odds. Lost Battalions, as told by the men from both sides of the war, is an extraordinary story of courage, honor, dishonor, and humanity. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested by January 27.