Friday, October 26, 2012

The Genki Spark / Pilgrimage to the Past: Tule Lake and the Japanese Incarceration Why it Matters Today

The Genki Spark just sent out updated info on their Tule Lake lecture next week. Looks like it's going to be a great event. I believe this is the 4th Japanese American incarceration-related event in Boston this year. I've posted about Eric Muller and Wendy Maruyama's talks, but have yet to finish my post on Konrad Aderer's film showing at the Boston Palestine Film Festival.

Dr. Sus Ito, a veteran from the 442nd, will be in attendance. 

Apologies for the formatting fail. I just copied this out of The Genki Spark email and don't have the time to figure out how to make it happy with Blogger.

Pilgrimage to the Past: Tule Lake and the Japanese Incarceration
Why this Matters Today

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
(doors open 5:30pm, refreshments served)

Wolffe Auditorium, Tuffs Medical Center
Boston, MA
Free and Open to the Public
On February 19, 1942, following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Executive Order 9066 was enacted which forcibly relocated 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry to camps for up to 6 years. The majority of those incarcerated were US citizens. Tule Lake was the largest of the camps and arguably the most controversial.
In July 2012, 12 members of The Genki Spark with nearly 400 others, participated in a pilgrimage to Tule Lake, CA to learn more about the history of the camp and to honor the elders affected by the decades of anti-Japanese violence, discrimination, and propaganda. We had the priviledge of being part of a supportive community attempting to face and shed light on this deeply damaging event while celebrating triumph in an attempt to heal. For many of us, this was a deeply personal journey.
"I want to go to honor my father's legacy."
  - Monique Morimoto, performing member
Come hear the powerful experiences and personal stories of our members from the pilgrimage. Also join in a discussion about the discrimination that continues in our broader communities today.

5:30   Doors Open, Networking, and Reception

6:00   Welcome and Introductions
         History of the Tule Lake Pilgrimage, Slide Show, and 
         Personal Stories

7:00   Honorary Guest/s: Dr. Sus Ito and additional members
         of our nisei/elder community 
         Question and Answer

7:45   Creative and Artistic presentation: In Honor of Our Voices

8:00   Why and How This Matters Today
         Breakout Groups on issues such as: Islamophobia, Immigration and Deportation Rights, Systematic Targeting of Youth, and Addressing Issues on a Personal Level
8:45   Closing, Wrap-Up

Location: Tufts Medical Center-Wolff Auditorium
800 Washington Street, Boston, MA

Public Transit/MBTA:
Orange line: Tufts Medical Center or Green line: Boylston
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The Genki Spark is a multi-generational Asian women's performance troupe that leads workshops, sponsors events, and conducts performances that build community and promote creativity while advocating respect for all. Like us on Facebook
The Genki Spark is a fiscally sponsored project of ASPIRE, (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence) a Boston based nonprofit organization serving Asian American women and girls.
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