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Mon, Sep 11


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Our Story: Cultural Legacies of Japanese American Incarceration

Join us for a free conversation and performance with Japanese-American artists, scholars, and advocates.

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Our Story: Cultural Legacies of Japanese American Incarceration
Our Story: Cultural Legacies of Japanese American Incarceration

Time & Location

Sep 11, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, USA

About the event

Join Japanese-American artists, scholars, and advocates for a discussion about the lasting cultural legacy of the United States’ forced mass removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Moderated by artist and advocate Nina Yoshida Nelsen, the evening will share firsthand accounts and family stories of individuals who endured this historic violation of civil rights while also shining a light on the creativity and community they nurtured during and after incarceration.

Panelists Paul Chihara (composer), Michael Sakamoto (choreographer), and Erin Aoyama (historian) will also give voice to the many ways that incarcerated individuals and their descendants have grappled with this legacy in opera, music, dance, drama, and other forms of cultural expression. The evening will include a short program of contemporary musical performances that are in dialogue with this history, followed by a Q&A.

This program complements the Kennedy Library’s new special exhibit Service and Sacrifice: World War II - A Shared Experience. This exhibit includes photographs taken by Ansel Adams at Manzanar War Relocation Center and artifacts from Manzanar National Historic Site.

This event is a partnership between the Kennedy Library, Boston Lyric Opera, the Japanese American Citizens League, and the Japan Society of Boston.

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