Event Title

Densho as Prophecy: Announcing NEA Big Read, King County

Location

Cremona 201

Keywords

Day of Common Learning

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Densho is a Japanese word meaning "to pass on to the next generation". This session will discuss history behind Executive Order 9066 which incarcerated thousands of Japanese Americans. In truth, no Japanese American was found guilty of spying on the United States. This event serves as a prophetic voice for the perils of a manufactured crisis, the resilience of a community affected by racism, and how place-based stories combat injustice.

The National Endowment of the Arts has granted SPU a Big Read Grant for our community to read and discuss When the Emperor Was Divine. Author, Julie Otsuka, will visit campus on March 9. Today a local context of Otsuka's book will be presented by Lorraine Bannai and Tom Ikeda. Professor Bannai is Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law and author of Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice. Tom Ikeda is Executive Director of Densho, a non-profit group dedicated to documenting Japanese American experiences. Free copies of Otsuka and Bannai's books will be distributed. Others can access Otsuka's book using e-cards from the King County Library System.

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Oct 16th, 1:00 PM

Densho as Prophecy: Announcing NEA Big Read, King County

Cremona 201

Densho is a Japanese word meaning "to pass on to the next generation". This session will discuss history behind Executive Order 9066 which incarcerated thousands of Japanese Americans. In truth, no Japanese American was found guilty of spying on the United States. This event serves as a prophetic voice for the perils of a manufactured crisis, the resilience of a community affected by racism, and how place-based stories combat injustice.

The National Endowment of the Arts has granted SPU a Big Read Grant for our community to read and discuss When the Emperor Was Divine. Author, Julie Otsuka, will visit campus on March 9. Today a local context of Otsuka's book will be presented by Lorraine Bannai and Tom Ikeda. Professor Bannai is Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law and author of Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice. Tom Ikeda is Executive Director of Densho, a non-profit group dedicated to documenting Japanese American experiences. Free copies of Otsuka and Bannai's books will be distributed. Others can access Otsuka's book using e-cards from the King County Library System.

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