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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.
This program is co-sponsored Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA Asian American Studies.
Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura
The House on Lemon Street: Japanese Pioneers and the American Dream by Mark Howland Rawitsch
In The House on Lemon Street, historian Mark Rawitsch tells the story of California’s Harada family and their National Historic Landmark house on Lemon Street in Riverside. In 1915 Issei immigrant father Jukichi Harada bought the house in the names of his three youngest children, who were American-born citizens. Neighbors protested because of the family’s Japanese ancestry, the State of California filed suit to oust them from their new home, and the first Japanese American court test of the California Alien Land Law of 1913—The People of California v. Jukichi Harada—was the result.
Q&A with author to follow.
Presented in collaboration with The George and Sakaye Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA and the National Museum. This book is the first installment of the George and Sakaye Aratani Nikkei in America Series.
Children of Manzanar edited by Heather C. Lindquist
This book captures the experiences of the nearly four thousand children and young adults held at Manzanar during World War II. Quotes from these children accompany photographs from both official and unofficial photographers, including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Toyo Miyatake. These photos and remembrances record a barren world of guard towers, barbed wire fences, and tarpapered barracks, while also capturing the remarkable resilience of children, shown skipping rope, doing homework, and growing up. Q&A with editor to follow.
Twice Heroes: America’s Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea by Tom Graves
Writer and photographer Tom Graves will discuss and read from his new book, Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea. Graves spent over a decade interviewing and photographing men and women who served to prove their loyalty to America. The veterans shared their own histories with the author, many revealing their experiences for the first time. Q&A with author to follow.
Strawberry Yellow by Naomi Hirahara
Mas Arai is a taciturn, sometimes even curmudgeonly retired gardener with a past. Born in Watsonville in California’s strawberry country, he was raised in Hiroshima, Japan, and as a teenager survived the 1945 A-bomb. After the war, he returned to Watsonville to start over, finding shelter with cousins and work in the strawberry fields.
Now, after moving to Altadena and spending a lifetime as a gardener, Mas returns to Watsonville for the funeral of his second cousin Shug Arai, who’d become a leader in the strawberry-growing world. In no time at all, Mas finds himself at the scene of a murder, and there are Arais involved every which way. Plus he has suspicions that there might have been more behind Shug’s death than a simple heart attack. And is the terrible blight called Strawberry Yellow that’s threatening the crops somehow involved?
In the fifth and most compelling of the Edgar-winning Mas Arai mysteries, it’s up to this quiet, uneducated old man—who considers himself unworthy and finds most other human beings to be exhausting—to unravel the layers of mysteries. He negotiates a complicated web of Arai cousins, deals with decades-old family rivalries, faces a terrifying attempt on his life, and ultimately discovers not just what was behind the two deaths, but why a top-secret new strawberry varietal is named for him—and why it may have inspired murder.