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Saturday, May 17, 2014
2:00 PM

Nikkei Baseball by Samuel Regalado


Author Samuel Regalado will talk about his book and the history and importance of baseball in the Japanese American community. In the book, he explores key historical factors such as Meji-era modernization policies in Japan, American anti-Asian sentiments, internment during WWII, the postwar transition, economic and educational opportunities in the 1960s, the developing concept of a distinct “Asian American” identity, and Japanese Americans’ rise to the major leagues with star players including Lenn Sakata and Kurt Suzuki and even mangers such as the Seattle Mariners’ Don Wakamatsu.

Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

In conjunction with the exhibition Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game
Saturday, March 15, 2014
2:00 PM

Breaking Silences: Uncovering Memories of Japanese American Imprisonment

events/topaz.jpg In this intergenerational reading, Sansei poet and editor, Brian Komei Dempster, will discuss his community-based writing projects and anthologies, in which Japanese Americans—mostly Nisei—tell their stories of wartime incarceration and post-war resettlement. Dempster will also read poems from his debut collection, Topaz, which looks at the legacy of the camp experience and its impact on younger generations.

Joining Dempster is project participant Toru Saito, along with prominent Nisei writer, Wakako Yamauchi, whose granddaughter Alyctra Matsushita, will read excerpts from Yamauchi’s dazzling story collection, Rosebud (University of Hawaii, 2011, edited by Lillian Howan).

Co-sponsored by Collecting Los Angeles, a program of UCLA Library Special Collections.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
2:00 PM

Starting from Loomis and Other Stories by Hiroshi Kashiwagi

events/starting_from_loomis.jpg FREE

Dr. Lane Ryo Hirabayashi presents a memoir by accomplished writer, playwright, poet, and actor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. Edited with an introduction by Tim Yamamura, the book chronicles Kashiwagi’s confinement at Tule Lake, the stigma of being labeled a “No-No Boy,” and the traumas of racism.

Q&A with Kashiwagi and Yamamura to follow. This program is co-sponsored by the Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA Asian American Studies.

Click here to read an article with Hiroshi Kashiwagi on Discover Nikkei>>
Sunday, October 13, 2013
2:00 PM

Voices From the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i by Dr. Franklin Odo

events/voices_from_the_canefields.jpeg Japanese immigrant laborers comprised the majority of Hawaiian sugar plantation workers after their large-scale importation as contract workers in 1885. They composed unique folk songs called holehole bushi which merged melodies with lyrics about work, life, and the global connection which they clearly perceived after arriving.

While many are songs of lamentation, others reflect a rapid adaptation to a new society in which other ethnic groups were arranged in untidy hierarchical order - the origins of a unique multicultural social order dominated by an oligarchy of white planters.

In Voices From the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i, Dr. Franklin Odo situates over 200 translated songs in their unexplored historical context.

Read our interview with Dr. Franklin Odo on Discover Nikkei>>
Saturday, September 21, 2013
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States by Gordon K. Hirabayashi with James A. Hirabayashi and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi


In 1942, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi defied the curfew and mass removal of Japanese Americans on the West Coast, and was subsequently convicted and imprisoned. In A Principled Stand, Gordon's brother James and nephew Lane have brought together his prison diaries and wartime correspondence to tell the story of Hirabayashi v. United States. A Principled Stand tells Gordon's story in his own words, at the time of his incarceration, for the very first time.

Join Lane Hirabayashi for a discussion about his uncle’s life and the book.

Purchase A Principled Stand from the Museum Store >>

Read our interview with Lane Hirabayashi on Discover Nikkei >>

This program is co-sponsored Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA Asian American Studies.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
2:00 PM

Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura

events/gonetotheforest.jpg Named as one of the Telegraph’s “Five Young Novelists for 2013” and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, Katie Kitamura is establishing her presence in the American literary scene. She will discuss her newest book, Gone to the Forest. Set on a struggling farm in a colonial country teetering on the brink of civil war, Gone to the Forest is a tale of family drama and political turmoil.



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