In conjunction with the Henry Madden Library’s exhibition “9066: Japanese American Voices from the Inside,” Nikiko Masumoto will do a special adaptation of her performance “What We Could Carry” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room in the Henry Madden Library (third floor, North Wing).
The show asks guests to consider how and what memory they carry about Japanese-American experiences before, during and after Internment and World War II. Based almost entirely on the testimony of individuals from the Los Angeles hearings of the 1981 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, Masumoto performs testimonies from 13 individuals (in addition to her own) about internment and the weight of these memories.
Masumoto developed the piece during her graduate school work at the University of Texas, at Austin.
Masumoto performed an excerpt of “What We Could Carry” at the White House in December, as part of a panel speaking about the future of food.
Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library is co-sponsoring this event as part of “9066: Japanese American Voices from the Inside,” a series of exhibitions and events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans with a focus on those from the San Joaquin Valley.
This is a free, public event. Reception starts at 5:30 with hors d’oeuvres and a no-host beer and wine bar. Performance begins at 6 p.m.
RSVP at: www.fresnostate.edu/libraryrsvp (enter code LIBCARRY).
Parking is $3. Please purchase a day permit at a campus parking kiosk.
For more information about the performance, contact Dr. Matthew Jendian, Sociology Department Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or assistance with physical accommodations, contact Sharon Ramirez at 559.278.5790 or email@example.com.
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