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August 2020, Volume 70, Issue 7

Japanese American Memorial PilgrimagesJAMP presents Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage, a 9-week exploration of JA history, culture, heritage, and legacy through films, webinars, panels, presentations, lessons, and gatherings – and it is all online from June 13 to August 16, 2020. Most of the offerings will remain available online at the JAMP website after the end of this time. (Some of the films were procured for a limited time only and may no longer be available.) https://www.jampilgrimages.com/virtualpilgrimageregistration

Mt Baker Meaningful Movies -- MBMM presents The Vow from Hiroshima with a panel discussion following on Thursday, September 24th at 6 pm via Zoom. This documentary from Bullfrog Films is shown in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. It presents an intimate portrait of Setsuko Thurlow, a hibakusha (survivor) of Hiroshima who has devoted her life to ridding the world of nuclear weapons. https://meaningfulmovies.org/neighborhoods/mt-baker/

Asian Counseling and Referral Service – ACRS hosts their Annual Benefit Gala Virtual Event on Saturday, October 3, at 5:30 pm online. Over the last four and a half decades, you have helped create a home – one where Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and others – immigrant, refugee or American born – can find help from more than 280 dedicated and passionate staff who speak over 40 languages and dialects. It is each of you – especially in these times – who fuels the hope and opportunity that ACRS represents to our community. Come celebrate with us as we look forward to an evening of inspiring stories and great company online. Help raise funds to bring hope and opportunity to thousands of immigrants, refugees and others across our community! https://acrs.org/events/gala/

Densho -- Densho hosts a Densho Dinner @ Home on the evening of Saturday, October 24, 2020! This year we invite you to partake in an evening of entertainment and edification from the comfort of your own homes! We’re working to develop a spectacular line-up of speakers and artists, and we’re excited to be able to invite supporters both near and far to join us for what promises to be a truly unique virtual event. Densho’s rich collection of resources on the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans is in higher demand than ever before, and we need your support in order to maintain and expand the work that we do! Funds raised will allow us to expand our archives, education program, and engagement with artists, activists, and other thought leaders working to preserve this history and make it relevant for generations to come. More information about the event and registration coming soon! https://densho.org/denshodinner/

Seattle Public Library, Densho, Heart Mountain WY Foundation -- 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, 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. This is a Virtual Event – more information coming soon. https://www.spl.org/event-calendar