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Community News - Seattle Public Library, Densho, Heart Mountain WY Foundation


November 22, 2020



Start Time

4:00 pm

End Time

5:00 pm

Seattle Public Library, Densho, Heart Mountain WY Foundation -- Online release and book reading by Shirley Higuchi

Date: Sunday, November 22nd
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Join the sponsors for an online release/book reading with author Shirley Higuchi to celebrate Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration on Sunday, November 22, from 4:00-5:00 pm PST.

As children, Shirley Ann Higuchi and her brothers knew Heart Mountain only as the place their parents met, imagining it as a great Stardust Ballroom in rural Wyoming. As they grew older, they would come to recognize the name as a source of great sadness and shame for their older family members, part of the generation of Japanese Americans forced into the hastily built concentration camp in the aftermath of Executive Order 9066.

Navigating the complicated terrain of the Japanese American experience, Shirley patched together Setsuko's story and came to understand the forces and generational trauma that shaped her own life. Moving seamlessly between family and communal history, Setsuko's Secret offers a clear window into the "camp life" that was rarely revealed to the children of the incarcerated. This volume powerfully insists that we reckon with the pain in our collective American past.

Tom Ikeda, Founding Executive Director of Densho based in Seattle, Washington will moderate the discussion. Local Support provided by Community Co-sponsors Seattle Chapter JACL and Puyallup Valley Chapter JACL.

This Virtual Event is free but registration is required: https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp