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‘Gently to Nagasaki’ confronts the tragedy of evil and the choices people make

In 'Gently to Nagasaki,' Kogawa confronts the persistence of the tragedy of evil, both in the large events such as the bombing of Nagasaki and the Rape of Nanking, and in the personal ones she has suffered in her own life. Born in 1935, she suffered through the dual injury of the brutal internment of Japanese Canadians in World War II (in many ways even more severe than the Japanese American incarceration), and later with the public revelation of her cherished father, an Anglican minister, of being a pedophile.

Memoir tells of a deep love, coming-of-age on 1959 Japanese naval base

One can only imagine the depth of beauty of a singular woman that would inspire a man in his seventies to write a memoir of a few months in 1959 Japan when he was a boy of only 19 years and serving with the U.S. Navy. 

‘Changing Seasons:’ A father and daughter contemplate their legacy and future

Like the returning cycles of the farming season, David Mas Masumoto continues his written saga about farming with a story about past legacies, future dreams, and transition in 'Changing Seasons: A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm.' For Masumoto, it is the season to begin the process of passing on his organic farm to his daughter, Nikiko, who decidedly will have new challenges and who defines a new kind of farmer: a queer mixed-race feminist woman. 

Silence an intense, worthy trip

Shusaku Endo’s much-praised novel Silence has been rereleased to coincide with Martin Scorcese’s 2016 film of the same name. Given the lukewarm box office response to the film, is the book worth revisiting? The answer, like the issues raised in the book, is complex. First released in Japan in 1966 and in English in 1969, the book garnered much critical praise, as well as controversy in religious circles, especially in Japan.

Becoming American? explores complexity of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

In the era or World War II and before, there was no one more recognized and awarded in the American fine art community than Issei artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953). He stood apart. Yet today,...

Isamu Noguchi biography is masterfully accomplished

Uncovering the essence of genius is a difficult enough task, but the genius of an artist as complex and as multifaceted as Isamu Noguchi borders on the impossible.  Not only was Noguchi a master...

Banzai Babe Ruth trancends historic baseball tour into much more

Perhaps far more influential than the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” was an American all-star baseball team that barnstormed through Japan in 1934, which included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Fitts, and the venerable Connie...

Colors of Confinement illuminates stories of the incarceration

Equally strong as a photographic record and as a narrative, Colors of Confinement is a revelation which is greater than the sum of its parts.

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams at Skirball

The exhibit 'Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams,' which tells you stories of the incarceration of Japanese American during the wartime, is at the Skirball Cultural Center Museum in Los Angeles.

Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo exhibition celebrates groundbreaking book

The ‘Citizen 13660: The Art of Mine Okubo’ exhibit will be at Skirball Cultural Center Museum in Los Angeles through February 21, 2016.