"Out of the Desert: Resilience and Memory in Japanese American Internment" Exhibit
Curated by Courtney Sato, ELP '13
Yale University - Sterling Memorial Library Memorabilia Room
120 High Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Enter through the 128 Wall Street Door and the Memorabilia Room will be to the right
Open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:45 pm
After more than a year of curatorial work, Courtney Sato's exhibition “Out of the Desert: Resilience and Memory in Japanese American Internment” is open at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library. This is Yale Library’s inaugural exhibition to draw from multiple archives across the university. It is also the first-ever exhibit centered on Asian American history.
The exhibit can be traced back to the 2013 USJC Annual Conference in Washington, DC. At the conference, USJC Senior Vice President Kaz Maniwa introduced Courtney Sato (ELP '13) to Council Member Delphine Hirasuna, curator of the exhibit “The Art of Gaman.” After meeting Ms. Hirasuna, Ms. Sato began research to identify internment materials already housed in Yale’s collections. She quickly uncovered a vast but largely unknown collection of materials related to internment.
The work currently features a digital touchscreen exhibit is live at outofthedesert.yale.edu. Visitors to the website will be able to scroll through exhibit materials including a copy of the 1943-1944 Manzanar High School Yearbook, engineering maps of Poston, correspondence between internees and Quaker activists, and handmade Junior Red Cross scrapbooks.
The exhibition is running through February 26, 2016. Day of Remembrance programming to be held in February 2016 will be announced closer to the date on the exhibition website (outofthedesert.yale.edu).
For more information, see this article in The New York Times.
"An important show with a phenomenal cast, it deserves to be seen!" - Entertainment Weekly
When USJC Board of Councilors Member George Takei first envisioned the idea of a Japanese American themed musical back in 2008, he never knew if it would ever come to fruition. Eight years later, Allegiance is on Broadway and is loved by those who go to see it!
The musical is "inspired by true events"-- and follows the story of the Kimuras, a Japanese American family dealing with a post-Pearl Harbor America. Allegiance touches on many aspects of the Japanese American condition during World War II-- from fighting for the United States military, to protesting the internment, to keeping the family united.
Starring George Takei himself (known for his role in the original Star Trek series) and Lea Salonga (known for her performances both on Broadway and in Disney movies), this powerful performance should not be missed!
To learn more about the musical or to purchase tickets, please visit its website.
The performance only runs through March, so make sure to reserve your tickets now!
USJC is proud to promote the showing of Persona Non Grata, which celebrates the life of Japanese Diplomat Chiune Sugihara and his efforts to aid the escape of more than 6,000 Jewish refugees from World War II Europe. The film screening is part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF), "one of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America" that occurs annually. This year, WJFF is running from February 24 to March 6.
The film will be screened three times during the festival.
If you wish to attend, please purchase tickets here.
Dir. Cellin Gluck
(135 min, Japan, 2016)
Japanese with English subtitles
The heroic tale of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat posted in Lithuania during WWII, is brought to screen in sweeping fashion in this instant epic. By personally issuing scores of exit visas to Jews looking to flee the continent — without full authority from his government — Sugihara was responsible for the escape of more than 6,000 Jewish refugees to Japanese territory, all while risking his career and his family’s lives in the process.