Making Home from War: Pacific Northwest Tour-Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

Sunday Oct 09 2011   2:00 PM
Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center  121 NW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR  map

University of San Francisco Asian American Studies professor Brian Komei Dempster and some of the northern California Japanese American elders who contributed their stories to Making Home From War, travel to Seattle for a series of very special programs in the Pacific Northwest. Florence Ohmura Dobashi, Sato Hashizume, Ruth Okimoto, Harumi Serata, Toru Saito, and Michi Tashiro are all Nisei American contributors expected to be on hand, along with editor Brian Komei Dempster and Project Manager Jill Shiraki.

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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