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Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey
In this creative memoir, Havey combines vintage photographs with her own paintings and writings to tell the story of how she grew from a ten-year-old girl into a teenager while living in Santa Anita Assembly Center and Amache Relocation Center during World War II.
Havey will read from and discuss her book. Audience Q&A to follow. Free with general museum admission.
China Dolls by Lisa See
Bestselling author Lisa See will discuss her new book, China Dolls, a WWII-era drama of friendship and betrayal amongst three Chinese American women whose lives cross in the glamorous nightclubs of San Francisco’s Chinatown.
The women’s fortunes take a turn after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the book includes detailed accounts of the World War II imprisonment of Japanese Americans. See will also talk about her family’s personal connections to the Japanese American incarceration experience and her grandfather’s early efforts to exhibit art by Asian Americans.
Audience Q&A to follow.
Free with general admission. The book is available at the JANM Store.
Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific by Christine Yano, PhD
Join Christine Yano, co-curator of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, for a discussion of her 2013 book, which takes an in-depth look at the global economic and sociological effects of the export of Japanese “cute-cool culture.”
Free for members, $20 adult non-members, $10 non-members ages 6-17. Includes admission to Hello! after discussion.
Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach by Mary Adams Urashima
Join historian and author Mary Adams Urashima as she traces the fascinating history of Wintersburg Village, a vanished Japanese American pioneer community located in present-day Huntington Beach, CA.
Settled in the 19th century by descendants of samurai clans, Wintersburg was recently named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
I Thought the Sun Was God by Masako Kimura Streling
In this moving memoir, Masako Kimura Streling details her painful childhood growing up in a poor Okinawan fishing village on the eve of World War II. Feeling that she was destined to make a difference, Streling embarked on a journey that took her across the Pacific Ocean and eventually led to spiritual redemption.
City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950 by Valerie J. Matsumoto
During the 1920s and ’30s, Nisei girls’ organizations flourished in Los Angeles, then home to the largest Japanese American population. In clubs with names such as the Junior Misses and Tartanettes, girls learned leadership skills and took part in community service; they also enjoyed beach outings and parties. Often sponsored by the YWCA, Buddhist temples, and Christian churches, these groups served as a bulwark again racial discrimination, offering a welcoming space that helped young women navigate between parental expectations and the lure of popular culture.
City Girls examines the clubs and activities through which urban Nisei daughters claimed modern femininity, an American identity, and public space before and after the war.