Life after Manzanar/Moving Walls with Naomi Hirahara and Sharon Yamato

Thursday Jun 28 2018   6:00 PM
J-Sei  1285 66th St, Emeryville, CA  map

New stories on what happened to Japanese Americans after WWII with writer Naomi Hirahara and filmmaker Sharon Yamato

Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver and Chicago to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs. In Life After Manzanar, Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist weave new and archival oral histories into an engaging narrative that illuminates the lives of former internees in the postwar era. Moving Walls: American Nightmare to American Dream, a documentary by Sharon Yamato, is the story of what became of the barracks built to house 11,000 Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain concentration camp and who lives in the structures today. Join us for an engaging conversation with Naomi Hirahara and Sharon Yamato on their work and the compelling stories that draw them in to discover more insights on resettlement and the post-World War II era.

6:00–8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public; more information here.

Naomi HiraharaNaomi Hirahara is a writer of both nonfiction books and mysteries. With Geraldine Knatz, she cowrote Terminal Island: The Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor, which won a Bruckman Award for Excellence and an Award of Merit from the Conference of California Historical Societies. Her Edgar Award–winning Mas Arai mysteries have been published in France, Japan, and Korea. A former editor of the Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she also curates historical exhibitions and writes articles and short stories.