2008 National Conference » Events

Four Hirabayashi Cousins: A Question of Identity

James Hirabayashi, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

Topic: Passing It Forward
Date: Friday, July 4, 2008
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall F & G, 3rd Floor

A dramatic reading about four Nisei cousins as they dealt with race, identity, and citizenship in the Pacific Northwest during World War II. Socialized in an Issei community, but living in their own developing Nisei community, the cousins faced critical issues as Japanese Americans at the onset of hostilities between the United States and Japan, and were faced to re-examine the basic principles underlying citizenship as Japanese Americans.

"Four Hirabayashi Cousins: A Question of Identity," an article related to this presentation is available on-line.

JANM_EnduringCommunities_20080704-four-hirabayashi-cousins.mp3 (15.2 MB)