Remembrance of Hisaye Yamamoto in Little Tokyo

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A remembrance of short story writer and essayist Hisaye Yamamoto will be held on Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo.

Yamamoto, the author of “Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories,” passed away on Jan. 30 at the age of 89. Her stories of Japanese American life in California have been published in mainstream literary journals as well as Japanese American newspapers and Asian American anthologies. She is best known for such stories as “Seventeen Syllables,” “Yoneko’s Earthquake,” “The Brown House” and “The Legend of Miss Sasagawara,” all based on the experiences of the Issei immigrants and their Nisei children.

Speakers will include King-Kok Cheung, author of “Articulate Silences: Hisaye Yamamoto, Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa”; Lane Hirabayashi, first holder of the George and Sakaye Aratani Professorship in Japanese American Redress, Internment and Community at UCLA; and Mitsuye Yamada, author of “Desert Run: Poems and Stories” and “Camp Notes and Other Poems.”

Naomi Hirahara, author of the Mas Arai mystery series, and other members of Pacific Asian American Women Writers West (Momoko Iko, Emma Gee and Patricia Wakida) will read excerpts from Yamamoto’s works.

Excerpts from an oral history interview with Yamamoto will be shown.

The JACCC and the George and Sakaye Aratani Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, are co-presenting the event.

The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested for planning purposes.  For more information, contact J.K. Yamamoto at (213) 629-2231, ext. 148, or [email protected].

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