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The artist behind Seattle’s “From Hiroshima to Hope” peace gathering

  To meet the Japanese American artist behind Seattle’s “From Hiroshima to Hope” posters, you need to travel to a castle in Tacoma: the Tillicum Building, designed in 1929, shaped like a castle from the...

History, community and realistic portrayals of Asian Americans in children’s literature

As a reader and a parent, I’m especially happy to see so many Asian and Asian American illustrators for kids’ books. It’s refreshing to see more nuanced and realistic ways of visually representing kids...

‘Witness to Wartime’ exhibit of Takuichi Fujii’s work is enlightening

Even for people steeped in camp history, even for a region as rich in Japanese American history as the Pacific Northwest, the Washington State History Museum exhibit of Issei artist Takuichi Fujii’s work “Witness to Wartime” is a treasure. The exhibit provides a variety of new and moving vistas on both Japanese American art and history in Seattle and Minidoka. Curated by Seattle art historian Barbara Johns and designed by History Museum Director of Audience Engagement MaryMikel Stump, “Witness to Wartime: Witness to Wartime: Rare Issei Portraits of Seattle, Puyallup, Minidoka is a beautiful example of art treated as history, and history treated as art. Many of the works are on view to the public for the first time, and this is the exhibit’s first stop on a nationwide tour—it is not to be missed

Hope of Another Spring is a treasure trove of Japanese American history

The Hope of Another Spring is the story of a collection of artworks and artifacts, rarely seen outside the artist’s family—until now. It includes many annotated and translated selections from “MINIDOKA XX,” Fujita’s diary. (According to an end note, publication of the complete diary is also in the works with a different press.) It’s a carefully pieced-together biography of this artist by art historian Barbara Johns, as well as an artist statement. A highly readable series of studies, also by Johns, placing the artist’s career in context with his wartime incarceration and his place in American modernist art history of the Pacific Northwest. And it’s an offering of full color reproductions of Fujii’s watercolor paintings, demonstrating Fujii’s views of Seattle as well as of camp

Masahiro Sugano’s ‘Perpetual Irrelevance’ shows the off-screen labor of a meticulous filmmaker

After the editing rooms, outside the theaters—even off-screen—what does a filmmaker’s work look like? Masahiro Sugano’s show, 'Perpetual Irrelevance,' is a vivid attempt to answer that question. It’s on display now at Feast Arts Center in Tacoma. Curated by Sugano’s artistic collaborator and partner Anida Yoeu Ali, the show highlights the immense tactile labor behind Sugano’s filmmaking endeavors—without using a single electronic screen.

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up: A gift for young readers and young activists

In our time of artistic and political resistance, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, with illustrations by Yutaka Houlette, is a rare gift for young readers and parents of young...

Filled With Grace opens with vibrant symposium

At the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Filled With Grace: Japanese Americans in the South Sound opened on February 4 with a vibrant symposium open to the public. There were Japanese cultural celebrations...

Chris Higashi reflects on a life in books, her next chapter

Seven months after retiring from the Seattle Public Library, Chris Higashi is still getting mail there. “Two cards just came in,” she says over coffee at Amandine in Capitol Hill. People are still sending her...

Recent picture books fit for the young, or young-at-heart

If your young reader wants to experience the wonder of a first snow, explore lands beyond oceans, meet other avid readers, see “The Little Mermaid” anew, or simply tuck their favorite animals into bed,...

‘Community is Everything’—The CultureShock Collective Opens ‘High Blood’ Art Exhibit In Tacoma

On November 17, over 100 people were milling through the recently opened Spaceworks Gallery in downtown Tacoma. Considering Tacoma’s vibrant arts scene, this might not be an especially surprising sight. But this event felt...