Tag Archives: Japanese American

Minidoka Swing Band

I got the opportunity to see and hear the Minidoka Swing Band at an event in San Francisco – back when those sorts of things (public events with groups of people) were still happening. It was a great show. Minidoka … Continue reading

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AMERICAN SUTRA: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War

I had been seeing posts about the book American Sutra online, and was able to make it to hear the author, Duncan Ryūken Williams, speak. There was a good size audience, which he wryly acknowledged, saying the book had taken … Continue reading

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Resistance at Tule Lake

The WWII incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans is not a universally known chapter of our country’s history. Perhaps still not even well known. And even to many of those who have some knowledge of it, the storyline runs … Continue reading

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IONTW – May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day – to all those who fill this role, whether biological, or by circumstance, and to those who mother themselves. Project inspired by her mother – the stories of war brides (WWII) from Japan. Very cool Mississippi River … Continue reading


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EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration

2017 was the seventy-fifth anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which was what I thought forced the removal and incarceration of 120,000 West Coast Japanese Americans. I would be the first to admit my knowledge is incomplete … Continue reading

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IONTW – January 14, 2018

Spent some time on foot where I’d only ever ridden my bike. The same and yet different. Indeed, the unexpected is sometimes an ordinary thing in a different state or looked at or used in a different way… slurpee waves, … Continue reading

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2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage

Somehow the Heart Mountain Pilgrimage showed up on my radar this year, and then I had enough vacation time to make a long weekend of it and go! In an ideal world it would have been cool to take more … Continue reading

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IONTW – July 2, 2017

I’m currently listening to Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – I know I’ve read her fiction and enjoyed it in the past, although I don’t particularly recall any story details – so the name caught my eye when browsing the … Continue reading

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IONTW – May 7, 2017

Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival in Santa Rosa TODAY 11 am – 5 pm. The film of George Takei’s Allegiance will be showing in Sebastopol May 9. All I needed to know:  or at least 7 Things I Learned When I … Continue reading

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IONTW – April 23, 2017

Art is part of the world it is made in – reflection, reaction, documenting or commenting – and receives meaning from both the maker and the viewer, and there’s often more than two sides to the story. Finding art in … Continue reading

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