Thursday, July 29, 2010

Distillations: Exhibition of Art by Four Sansei Women

Now and then people send Densho announcements of exhibitions, films, and books pertaining to our mission of preserving Japanese American history and educating the public about the World War II incarceration. If you're in the Bay Area, you might want to visit this exhibition and associated programs at a Berkeley gallery:


An Exhibition by Four Japanese American Women Artists:
Reiko Fujii, Lucien Kubo, Shizue Seigel, Judy Shintani

Exhibition: August 17 - September 18, Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 5 pm, Sat. Noon - 5 pm

Reception: August 21, Saturday, 6 - 9 pm

Four Sansei women artists draw from personal, family and collective narratives to explore the complex legacies of the Japanese American experience through collage, assemblage, glass, found objects, painting, photography, image transfer, word, video, installation, and performance.

Arts and Consciousness Gallery
John F. Kennedy University

2956 San Pablo Avenue, Second Floor

Berkeley, California



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Artist Talk, Sat, Aug 21, 4 – 6 pm Seeking the Essence: Memory, Legacy
and Untold Stories With artists Judy Shintani, Shizue Seigel, Reiko Fujii

Artist Talk, Sun, Aug 28, 2 – 4 pm Intergenerational Legacies: The Meaning of Hybridity in an Evolving California by Shizue Seigel, artist and author of In Good Conscience: Supporting Japanese Americans During the Internment

Art Making Workshop, Sun, Aug 29, 1 - 4:30 pm Honoring Ancestors Through Art, Tell their stories through writing, painting, and collage. Facilitator: Judy Shintani, JFKU Arts & Consciousness Alumna. $25 RSVP: [email protected]

Multi-Media Performance, Sat, Sept 18, 3 - 4:30 pm Grandmothers From Far Away Lands; The Egg House Wall; Stories about Internment Camp; The Farm and The Glass Kimono Performed by Reiko Fujii, Judy Shintani, Lisa Petrides. Artist Q&A following performance

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Papa San: Pat Morita's Daughter Remembers

In the Hyphen online magazine about Asian American culture, we came across a candid blog
article that Pat Morita's daughter Aly wrote about her famous father. She talks about her father's disappointment at being typecast and then overlooked after his days of glory as the sensei in the Karate Kid movies. (The recently released film by that name, oddly, is set in China. Critics point out it should be called The Kung Fu Kid.)

We learned that the beloved actor spent his childhood in a hospital ward, having contracted spinal tuberculosis. Lying in a body cast, Morita learned to love comedy and drama while listening to the ward's radio. He was escorted directly from the hospital by an FBI agent to join his parents at the Gila River incarceration camp in Arizona. In a video interview conducted by the Archive of American Television, Morita talks about his Issei parents and the impact of incarceration on them and his older brother. The family moved to Tule Lake to reunite with Morita's maternal grandfather and uncle. Upon leaving the camp in 1945, Morita remembers saying, "thank god I never have to come back to this place." Decades later, he found himself gazing up at Castle Rock again, filming Farewell to Manzanar.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dad was an Internment Camp Commandant

We came across an article worth sharing: "Reconnecting to Father's 'Mistake' as Fort Missoula Commandant," in the Missoulian newspaper tells how the daughter of the immigration officer in charge of the Fort Missoula internment camp returns to examine his office and papers.
Christine Collaer Kite, now a history teacher, was a kindergartner when her father, Nick Collaer, assumed command of the confinement site for over 1,000 Japanese "enemy aliens" arrested after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fort Missoula, in western Montana, also held Italian sailors captured in U.S. waters. Nick Collaer was a busy man, as he also managed the Fort Lincoln internment camp in North Dakota.

While Christine Kite's father defended the internment of Japanese immigrants throughout his life, in his old age he admitted it was "a mistake." Kite examines her father's papers with University of Montana journalism professor Carol Van Valkenburg, author of An Alien Place: Fort Missoula, Montana, Detention Camp, 1941-1944.