Launch Party!

Sunday Feb 27 2011   16:00:00
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California  , San Francisco, CA  map

Sunday, February 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Please join Brian Komei Dempster, editor of Making Home from War, as well as production manager Jill Shiraki and the contributing writers from the book, for a presentation and celebration of their work. Renowned historian Greg Robinson, who wrote the book’s foreword, will also be in attendance. Produced by the JCCCNC and published by Heyday, this anthology offers memoirs–written mainly by Nisei–on the Japanese American post-war resettlement experience and a workshop model for other former camp prisoners to tell their own stories. Major funding for the anthology was provided by the California State Library–Civil Liberties Public Education Program.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115
Free and open to the public; for more information call (415) 567-5505 or email

Brian Komei DempsterBrian Komei Dempster is a Sansei (third-generation Japanese American). He received BAs in American ethnic studies and English from the University of Washington and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. His poems have been published in various journals and anthologies. Dempster is the editor of From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps, which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society. His debut book of poems, Topaz, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in fall 2013.  He is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member of Asian Pacific American studies at the University of San Francisco.  Currently, he divides his time between teaching and serving as Director of Administration for the master of arts program in Asia Pacific studies. Read more on his website.

Photo by Grace Chow