March 20 — The Japanese Cultural Institute Community partners with the Bridge: JCI Heritage Center and will be presenting “A Brief History of the Japanese American Baseball Experience” from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute Hall, 1964 West 162nd St. in Gardena.
Kerry Yo Nakagawa, of the Nisei Baseball Research Project, will discuss the history of Japanese American baseball from the immigration period, the camp and resettlement period, and the period from the 1960’s up to the present, with particular emphasis on baseball in Los Angeles and in the South Bay.
Throughout the internment and the difficult resettlement years after the war, baseball provided a bright spot in the lives of JAs, providing a much-needed respite from the harsh realities of everyday life. Today, the legacy of the heart and struggle of earlier generations is carried on through organizations such as the Sansei Baseball League which was founded in 1960 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
During his discussion, Nakagawa will show the films, “Diamonds in the Rough” and “Reel to Reel: The Making of ‘American Pastime,’” about the making of the award-winning film he produced and Desmond Nakano directed. A short historical perspective of the Sansei Baseball League will be presented, and there will also be a panel discussion featuring key individuals involved in JA baseball through the years. A reception will follow.
Presale tickets are $5 Child (12-under) and $7.50 Adults; or $10 at the door. Free parking is available. For presale tickets or further information, email the JCI at [email protected] or call (310) 324-6611.