Presidio Dialogues – Letters from the Camps: Voices of Dissent

Thursday Apr 27 2017   6:00 PM
Presidio Officers' Club  50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

Using original letters from the internment camps of WWII, now preserved at California Historical Society, this interdisciplinary presentation focuses on Japanese Americans who spoke out during and after internment.

Contemporary descendants, writers, and performers will read from the letters and share their responses, including: Stan Yogi author of Wherever There’s a Fight and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, Elaine Elinson author of Wherever There’s a Fight, John Crew of the ACLU, and Bonnie Akimoto, actress of 30 years, most recently in the play Beneath the Tall Tree at TheatreFirst in Berkeley. Additional readers to be confirmed soon.

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Elaine ElinsonElaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades. She is a coauthor of Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines, which was banned by the Marcos regime. Her articles have been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, Poets and Writers, and numerous other periodicals. She is married to journalist Rene CiriaCruz and they have one son.

Photo by Matthew Elinson

Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi is the coauthor, with Elaine Elinson, of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, and, with Laura Atkins, of the children's book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. He managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years and is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. He is married to nonprofit administrator David Carroll and lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Michael Woolsey