Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall 2012 Japanese American Internment Events in Boston

I checked out JACL New England's September newsletter and was surprised to see there are a lot of internment-related events in Boston this month. I often feel like there are no Japanese American educational and cultural activities in Boston, but it seems you just have to look for them.

The Society of Arts & Crafts Gallery is displaying an exhibit of Wendy Maruyama's work titled Executive Order 9066, after the order that FDR signed which imprisoned Japanese and Japanese Americans during WWII. Ms. Maruyama is a sansei artist and furniture maker based on San Diego. The Genki Spark, an all Asian, all female taiko troupe, will be performing at a fundraising dinner.

Exhibit: 9/8/12 - 11/3/12 at SAC Gallery, 175 Newbury St., Boston, MA.

Reception: Friday, 9/21/12, 6-8PM, SAC Gallery, 175 Newbury St., Boston, MA, Free.

Dinner & Taiko Drum Performance: Friday, 9/21/12, 8-10PM, Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston, MA, $100 per person, $90 SAC members.

Artist Lecture & Book Signing: Saturday 9/22/12, 11AM, Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston, MA, Free, Book Signing after lecture at SAC Gallery, 175 Newbury St., Boston, MA.

Professor Eric Muller of the University of North Carolina School of Law is giving a talk at the UMass Boston Institute for Asian American Studies on his book, Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in WWII. There's a good NPR piece about the book. More photos in this Daily Mail article.

Lecture: Friday, 9/21/12, 1PM, UMass Boston, Wheatley Hall, 2nd floor, Room 200, Boston, MA, Free.

I was surprised to learn that the IAAS has an oral history project, From Confinement to College: Video Oral Histories of Japanese American Students During WWII.

Later this fall, The Genki Spark will give a report on their July trip to the Tule Lake Pilgrimage in Tule Lake, CA, one of the former internment camp sites.

Lecture: Tuesday, 11/13/12, 6-9PM, Wolfe Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St., Boston, MA, Free.

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