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Japanese American Incarceration - Brandon Shimoda

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
SU Theatre

UConn's annual observance of the Day of Remembrance presents poet, writer BRANDON SHIMODA and "Japanese American Incarceration."

Of himself and his work Brandon writes:

I was born in the San Fernando Valley of southern California, to an Irish-Scottish girl and a Japanese boy. They were married in the Swiss Alps in the early 70’s. They were children at the time, and have sustained themselves as fortunately so, for now I count them both among my siblings. My mother is a visual artist and my father founded a non-profit organization based out of Laos. My sister, Kelly, is a photographer; her photos compose a resource of astonishingly acute feeling—especially feeling possessed by people in and out of their element—that I am in continual awe of, and constantly fail to enact in my own work. The three of them—my mother, father and sister—are a basic part of my motivation, the four of us obscured by the problems that refuse to sway, giving rise to a fruitful and communal elaboration of energies. Another principal motivation is my father’s father, Midori Shimoda—also a photographer, imprisoned in a federal detention center in Montana during the second World War for being one. And for being Japanese; he was born in Hiroshima, in 1910, emigrated to the U.S. in 1919, though was not granted citizenship until 1955. - from http://blackocean.org

There will also be a drumming performance by UConn Kodama Taiko.

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian & Asian American Studies Institute, Dept of History, Dodd Center, AsACC, Human Rights Institute, El Instituto, Humanities Institute, and the American Studies Program.

Contact:

asacc@uconn.edu

Asian American Cultural Center (primary), Asian American Studies Institute, History Department, Human Rights Institute, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn Master Calendar

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