Koto artist Shirley Muramoto’s documentary “Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps” (2014, 57min.) will be screened for Asian Heritage Month. This film unveils Japanese traditional performing arts that continued while Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Through historical footage and interviews with artists who were incarcerated comes the story of how Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the War Relocation Authority pushed for assimilation and Americanization. Come hear from the director herself as she explains how she researched and collected information over a 20-year period to make this documentary, the first major presentation of the existence of traditional music, dance and drama in the camps. Also presenting will be Brynn Saito, author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, and finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award. This event is co-sponsored by the Topaz Museum and also includes a koto performance by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and a presentation by Kimi Kodani Hill about the new Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah.
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Earlier Event: April 12"Perspectives on Camp" at the Japanese American Museum
Later Event: July 2Quiet Lightning & ArtSpan Reading in San Francisco