Breaking Silences: Uncovering Memories of Japanese American Imprisonment

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Mar 201415

Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California, 90012
United States

In this intergenerational reading, Sansei poet and editor, Brian Komei Dempster, will discuss his community-based writing projects and anthologies, in which Japanese Americans—mostly Nisei—tell their stories of wartime incarceration and post-war resettlement. Dempster will also read poems from his debut collection, Topaz , which looks at the legacy of the camp experience and its impact on younger generations.

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.

For more up-to-date information about this event, please visit the Japanese American National Museums' event page:

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This event is free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members. 

Advanced reservations are recommended for most programs as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. When making a reservation, email or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.


JANM . Last modified Mar 06, 2014 5:00 p.m.

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