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Celebration of Asia

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sounds of Music from Asia: A Family Concert

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Chinese New Year Concert

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Academic and Cultural Events

Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong, Filmmaker and Creative Director
Reiko Iwanaga, internment camp survivor (read more here)
Setsuko Abe Hirano, internment camp survivor
Mollie Nakasaki, internment camp survivor

With its rich mix of compelling interviews, historical photographs, musical performances, and rare archival film footage, Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps offers extraordinary insight into the persistence of traditional Japanese cultural practice among Japanese Americans interned during World War II. Despite intense pressure to reject all aspects of their ethnic heritage, with often harsh consequences for Issei (first generation) arts masters, many internees nevertheless chose to maintain--or even discover for the first time--Japanese forms of music, theater, dance, and other performing arts.

After a showing of the documentary (50 minutes), meet filmmaker and creative director, Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong, a koto performer for over 50 years whose interest in the subject grew from her mother's koto lessons at Topaz and Tule Lake camps.
There will also be Japanese internment camp survivors who will speak about their experience with music in the camps.
Click here for the documentary website.