Uncovering Our Stories:

Legacies of the Japanese American Imprisonment
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Please join us for a book launch and intergenerational reading. Readings from multiple generations and perspectives will give a rich, vibrant portrait of Japanese American identity and the short and long term impact of the World War II experience when over 120,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated in prison camps.  Mia Ayumi Malhotra a Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American) will present pieces from her newly released, prize winning debut collection, Isako, Isako.  Florence Ohmura Dobashi, Sato Hashizume, Harumi Serata and Michi Tashiro will read stories about their wartime incarceration and post war resettlement from two anthologies, From Our Side of the Fence and Making Home from War, edited by Brian Komei Dempster.  Dempster will offer poems about his own family's camp experience from his award winning collection Topaz.  Jon Osaki will share his father’s story and important work on his own films, Yonsei Eyes and My Dog Teny.

A book sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event.

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