On Saturday, November 18, 2017, BUDDHIST TEMPLE OF SAN DIEGO will host a special community event focusing on Japanese American family dynamics. GROWING UP SANSEI centers on a live onstage reading of the comedy-drama “GARAGE DOOR OPENER (a JA Dysfunctional Family Play)” by SOJI KASHIWAGI.
“Glenn and Sharon Tanaka’s parents have died, leaving the siblings with the daunting task of clearing out a garage filled with decades worth of dusty accumulations. They’re in for a bumpy ride. What they find will make them laugh, cry, shake their heads, gasp in surprise, and be amazed that there are still things to discover about their parents when they thought they knew it all.”
The reading will be followed by a dialogue with the playwright facilitated by DR. SATSUKI INA. Dr. Ina’s counseling expertise is in JA family dynamics so the discussion will cover a lot of ground, including JA child rearing, cultural concepts of shame and endurance and how incarceration affected not only the Nisei but the subsequent generations. Learn how a uniquely JA upbringing comes not only with physical baggage left behind in a cluttered garage but with emotional baggage as well. With the discussion, Dr. Ina aims to help all of us with a decluttering catharsis.
Nisei and children of their generation (Sansei) won’t be the only ones to recognize and find humor and meaning in these topics, as all of us must eventually tackle questions of mortality and the burdens and pride of heritage, as well as determining the legacy we are left with.
The Buddhist Temple of San Diego cordially invites you to attend this unique event. Please share this information with those you think will be interested in its topic.
A delicious Hawaiian style buffet lunch precedes the event at 12 noon. Lunch tickets are $10. The play reading begins at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $15. Attend one or both!
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“OUTSIDE THE BARBED WIRE: Options to Internment 1942-45”, JAHSSD’s current exhibition, opened July 27 at the San Diego History Center.
The exhibition focuses on the experiences of local Japanese Americans and their families who avoided confinement in the government-run “relocation camps” during World War II, unlike the majority of their neighbors 75 years ago who found themselves behind barbed wire for the duration of the war.
Among the San Diegans featured in Outside the Barbed Wire are Ruth Takahashi Voorhies, Dr. Terry Tanaka, John Maruyama, Reiko Furukawa Maruyama, Kajiro Oyama, Les Tachiki, Tom Segawa, Jihachiro Otsuka, Mas Tsuida, Tosh Miyashita, James Yamate, Tosh Hasegawa, Dr. Shigeru Hara, Min Sakamoto, Mike Ishikawa and Charles Ogino.
Also included in the display are the recreated name tags of Poston Camps I, II and III residents which were originally part of artist Wendy Maruyama’s THE TAG PROJECT, a sculptural representation of the roughly 120,000 individuals held in all ten of the WWII camps. The majority of San Diego’s 2,000 Nikkei (Americans of Japanese descent) who were removed from the West Coast spent the duration of the war in the Poston, Arizona facilities. Following the Tag Project’s recent successful multi-year tour of the United States, Maruyama donated the Poston tags to JAHSSD.
We encourage you to learn about and share these unique stories of those who avoided WWII confinement.
Outside the Barbed Wire will be on view through January 20, 2018. JAHSSD members enjoy free admission to the San Diego History Center. All others are invited to make a donation to the SDHC in lieu of an entrance fee.
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