Books & Conversations Past Events
Breaking Silences: Uncovering Memories of Japanese American Imprisonment
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.
Starting from Loomis and Other Stories by Hiroshi Kashiwagi
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>>
Voices From the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i by Dr. Franklin Odo
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>>
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.