Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Talk: Born Nisei: A Japanese American Story with Margie Yamamoto

If you don't know about the Japanese American incarceration during WWII, you may find my introductory post helpful.

Margie Yamamoto, co-president of the New England chapter of the JACL, will be speaking about her family's experience immigrating from Japan in the 1890s and their incarceration along with thousands of other Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans by the US government during WWII.  

Date & Time
Friday, March 14, 2014
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Lecture
7:30 - Reception

Consulate General of Japan
Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor
600 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02210
Note: Use the Summer St. entrance after 6pm

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Richard Winslow at r.winslow@bz.mofa.go.jp by Friday, March 7, 2014
A government-issued picture ID will be necessary for entry to the building.

(The event page on the consulate's site is in Japanese, but the talk will be in English)

This talk follows the story of a Japanese American family from immigration in the1890s to imprisonment during World War II, and documents how they rebuilt their lives during the post-War years. The 45-minute presentation is richly illustrated with family and historic WWII photographs, many of the latter from government archives.

Beyond describing the internment experiences of a single family, the talk focuses on the plight of the 120,000 Japanese -- two thirds of them American citizens -- who were imprisoned, sometimes for years, by a Presidential order deemed by many then and now to be in violation of the United States Constitution. 

About the Speaker

The speaker, Margaret Yamamoto, is a member of the family featured in the presentation and was incarcerated at the age of 2 months. Today she is co-president of the New England Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, a national human rights and educational organization. She also was chair of the national organization’s Editorial Board and was an ex officio member of its National Board of Directors.

Margie has addressed many audiences on the subject of the Japanese internment during WWII, providing an historical summary of its events and relating their consequences to the personal experiences of her family as it coped with incarceration and subsequent return to a normal life.

Margie retired recently after more than 40 years in the communications and public relations fields. She has worked for WGBH (the Boston PBS television station), Walt Disney Productions, General Electric, and a number of education and healthcare organizations in New York, California and Massachusetts.

She has served on the boards of the Japan Society of Boston, the Asian Pacific American Agenda Coalition, and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, as well as advisory committees for the PBS Adult Learning Service, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and the University of Massachusetts Institute for Asian American Studies and Graduate School of Education.

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