Books & Conversations Past Events
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.
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.