As part of the WWII Japanese American internment of about 120,000 civilians, two of the larger camps were at Gila River and at Poston in Arizona. Several of the families of those who were interned still live in Arizona, some here in Tucson. Well known Tucson educator the late Dr. Hank Oyama and his mother were interned at Poston Relocaiton Center.
Text of Brandon’s gallery chat available here at: http://aaww.org/state-erasure-arizona/
See www.facebook.com/tucsonmochi/ for updates — door prizes and schedule of performances. Many thanks to our donors for gift certificates received from Ginza Sushi, Yoshimatsu, Sushi on Oracle, Sushi Cho, Sushi Zona, & Samurai Japanese restaurants and Bing’s Boba Tea– to be given away as door prizes. Another donor for this festival is H.I.S. International Tours Inc. which offers many tours to Japan.
UPDATE: Akiwa Abe Brown will be performing koto along with Paul Amiel on shakuhachi flute in a duet, plus her own solo “Rokudan”. This performance time is about 1:50 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Stage B, but may be moved to CC251 in the event of rain.
Akiwa Abe Brown performing on her koto
Paul Amiel performing on his shakuhachi flute at 2015 New Year’s Mochitsuki
George Takei’s musical film “Allegiance” to show in Tucson (and elsewhere nationwide) on December 13.
INSPIRED BY THE TRUE LIFE EXPERIENCE OF ITS STAR GEORGE TAKEI (STAR TREK, HEROES), ALLEGIANCE FOLLOWS ONE FAMILY’S EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY IN THIS UNTOLD AMERICAN STORY.
“Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken. Rejoice in one family’s triumphant story of hope, love, and forgiveness in the new Broadway musical: Allegiance.
Inspired by true events, Allegiance is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. Legendary performer George Takei — (Star Trek, “Heroes”), who was himself an internee as a child, stars alongside Tony® winner Lea Salonga – (Miss Saigon, Mulan) in this enthralling and epic new musical.
But as long-lost memories are unlocked, Sam finds that it is never too late to forgive and to recognize the redemptive power of love.”
Playing in Tucson at Oro Valley Marketplace, Foothills 15, El Con 20, Century Park Place 20. See movie theaters for details on December 13.
Yume Japanese Gardens is at 2130 N. Alvernon Way, in Tucson. Info at www.yumegardens.org. Learn how to wrap your gifts Japanese style. Flyer should read “learn” not lean.
6:15 – 8:00 PM
Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Tucson
sponsored by SAJCC
Retired East Asian Professor Dr. Min Yanagihashi has written a paper on this topic and will be moderating a panel discussion. Free and open to the public.
“Questions for the panel: 1) In your family, how were traditional culture and values and behavioral norms handled? (2) In regards to Japanese heritage, looking outside the family, comment on some events, activities, institutions, or organizations that impacted your life in Hawaii.”
6:15 – 6:45 (30 min.) comments on his paper on this topic (click on blue hyperlink) written by ret. Professor Dr. Min Yanagihashi (Nisei from Oahu)
6:45 – 7:45 (60 min.) panel discussion. After the two questions, panelists can comment on Min’s paper, ask questions of each other, etc.
Panelists will all be Japanese Americans born/raised in Hawaii: Min’s wife Evelyn Kodama Yanagihashi, M.Ed (Nisei han from Oahu), Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, JD (Sansei from Big Island), Dr. Naomi Okumura Story (Sansei from Maui), James Tokishi, B.S.(Yonsei from Oahu). Evelyn is a retired school teacher, Naomi is an educator, and James is a transporation modeler for Pima Assn. of Governments. And I’m a former practicing attorney.
(Issei were the original immigrants from Japan, Nisei are their children, Sansei are the Nisei’s children, Yonsei are the Sansei’s children, Gosei are the Yonsei’s children, and so on.)
Poster designed by Crystal Akazawa.