Japanese American Community Events
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The Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive Ave. Sunnyvale, Calif., will host a series of programs that focus on the World War II Japanese American experience and cultural events, as part of its California Reads Programs. Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.: Jeanne W. Houston, author of “Farewell to Manzanar,” will speak about her book and her wartime incarceration experiences. Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m.: Dr. Michael Omi, UC Berkeley Asian American studies professor, will speak about the racial politics leading to the removal of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast to concentration camps during World War II. Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.: Jeanne W. Houston will speak about “Farewell to Manzanar.” Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m.: Meenakshi Mukerji will lead an origami workshop for teens and adults. Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m.: Storyteller Megumi will share “Tales of Strength and Hope” from the Japanese American experience and Japanese folktales for ages 8 and older. Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.: There will be a discussion with Japanese American survivors of the American concentration camps. Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m.: Steven Okazaki’s “Days of Waiting,” tells the story of a Caucasian woman, Estelle Peck Ishigo, who followed her Japanese American husband into a concentration camp during World War II. There will also be a discussion of the film and Jamie Ford’s “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” a fictional account of Asians’ experiences in Seattle during World War II. Info: (408) 730-7300, www.sunnyvalelibrary.org.