Date(s) - 02/17/2018
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Pasadena Central Library
Pasadena Public Library presents the National Endowment for the Arts’ NEA Big Read, which broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.
The library features programming designed around the book, When the Emperor Was Divine, by author Julie Otsuka at Central Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium.
The event focuses on the historical aspects of the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. Megan Asaka, Assistant Professor of History at UC Riverside will start the program off with an overview of Executive Order 9066 Then and Now. Asaka has worked extensively in the field of public history, including five years as an oral historian and visual history coordinator for Densho, a digital archive of primary sources related to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans.
Hidden Histories, a touring program of short narrative films about the internment of Japanese Americans will follow. Produced by Jason Matsumoto, each film tells a personal story dramatizing a different period of this history, from the issuance of Executive Order 9066 to the internment’s present-day legacy for younger generations. A discussion of the films led by UC Riverside Assistant Professor of History Megan Asaka and featuring Jason Matsumoto, Film Producer and Creative Director of Ho Etsu Taiko follows the screening.
American writer, journalist and author Naomi Hirahara will then discuss her latest book, An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood. Hirahara was a reporter and editor of The Rafu Shimpo during the post-war redress and reparations movement for Japanese Americans. She is currently a writer of both fiction and non-fiction works, including the Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mystery series.
Concluding the event will be a presentation on the Manzanar Experience followed by a book discussion of When the Emperor Was Divine.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.