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Saturday, May 31, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Honor Thy Children

Featuring: Al Nakatani

Honor Thy Children beautifully and poignantly chronicles the transformation of Jane and Al Nakatani which is brought on by the devastating loss of all of their children. It tells the story of one family’s journey from grief to healing—from the repudiation of their eldest son upon learning he is gay, to the total acceptance and support of their youngest son Guy—enabling him to live and die with peace and dignity.

Presented in partnership with the Asian Pacific American AIDS Intervention Team and the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA). Free with Museum admission. Reservations recommended.

Saturday, March 15, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Farewell to Manzanar

Featuring: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston joins the Museum in reading and discussing her highly acclaimed book Farewell to Manzanar. With intense details and moving words, Houston describes the fate of her family and the majority of Japanese Americans, during and after World War II. Ms. Houston will also read new works. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

In conjunction with the exhibition Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp
Saturday, March 1, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Reflections: Memoirs of Japanese American Women in Minnesota

Book Reading and Signing

John N. Tsuchida, editor of Reflections: Memoirs of Japanese Women in Minnesota, joins the Museum to sign and read from this extraordinary book. This rich anthology of memoirs includes works by fourteen Japanese American women in Minnesota which tells of their experiences and effects of World War II, racism, discrimination, and their endurance, strength, and personal success. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Thursday, January 23, 1997
7:00 PM—8:00 PM

Asian American Writer's Workshop Readings

Thursday Evening at the Museum Book Readings

Featuring: Russell Leong, Jeff T. Masuda, Reena Sharma, and Irene Suico Soriano

Four Los Angeles-based Asian American writers who have appeared in various publications by the New York-based Asian American Writer’s Workshop will be featured. Russell Leong has contributed to numberous anthologies and is currently writing a book of short stories, Phoenix Eyes. Jeff T. Masuda is a former journalist and is currently writing a novel, Black Sheep, about five Asian American boys in West Los Angeles. Irene Suico Soriano who curated the successful “Wrestling Tigers: Asian American Writers Speak” series at the Museum will read from her writings.

Free admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.

Thursday, January 23, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Kaya Young Writers Forum Featuring Sesshu Foster and Kimiko Hahn

Come join the Museum as authors, Sesshu Foster and Kimiko Hahn read and sign copies from their latest works. Sesshu Foster’s collection of prose poems, City Terrace Field Manual, illustrates the daily experiences and realities of of living in East Los Angeles. Kimiko Hahn’s, The Unbearable Heart, is a book of poems on the emotions and insights resulting from her mother’s death. Kaya, based in New York publishes works by talented young Asian American writers.

Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.




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