Making Home from War authors and editor at SF Main Library

Wednesday Oct 03 2018   6:00 PM
SF Public Library  100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA  map

Japanese American Camp Experience and Intergenerational Legacies

Please join us for a book launch and intergenerational reading. Readings from multiple generations and perspectives will give a rich, vibrant portrait of Japanese American identity and the short and long term impact of the World War II experience when over 120,000 Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated in prison camps. Mia Ayumi Malhotra a Yonsei (fourth generation Japanese American) will present pieces from her newly released, prize winning debut collection,Isako, Isako. Florence Ohmura Dobashi, Sato Hashizume, Harumi Serata and Michi Tashiro will read stories about their wartime incarceration and post war resettlement from two anthologies, From Our Side of the Fence and Making Home from War, edited by Brian Komei Dempster. Dempster will offer poems about his own family’s camp experience from his award winning collection Topaz. Jon Osaki will share his father’s story and important work on his own films, Yonsei Eyes and My Dog Teny.

A book sale by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library follows the event. Full event details here: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1034007401

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