Caucasian View of Camp, “Ruth Mix Story,”

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Film & Other Media

May 201220

JAMuseum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, California, 95112
United States

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) and Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) proudly present a free screening of “Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story,” Sunday, May 20, 1:00 pm at JAMsj.

In 1942, 15-year-old Ruth Mix volunteered at the Gila River War Relocation Authority camp and was the only Caucasian nurse’s aid in the camp hospital. Her mother, Frida Mix, worked as an elementary school teacher at the same camp. Both lived on the site in a barrack.

Claire Mix, Ruth's daughter, produced a documentary about her mother's experience, "Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story." This documentary tells a unique story of life in an internment camp, for it comes from the perspective of a Caucasian volunteer who witnessed the deplorable living conditions and brutal mentality of a nation.

Funding for “Gila River And Mama: The Ruth Mix Story,” was provided by a grant from the California State Library through the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. To register, call JAMsj (408.294-3138) or email Aggie Idemoto ( by May 13.


JAMsj . Last modified Apr 05, 2012 11:27 p.m.

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