11/13 — Nanka Nikkei Voices Panel in Torrance

Nov. 13 — On Saturday, Nov. 13, from 3 to 4:30 pm, at the Torrance Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3031 Torrance Bl, Torrance 90503, the audience will have the opportunity to hear and share experiences and ask questions pertaining to the theme of this fourth publication by the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California.

How did Issei parents communicate such values of “gaman,” “shikata ga nai,” “enryo”? What were the common experiences of immigration before and during the politically and racially biased laws prohibiting entry, marriage, and citizenship?  What were the happy experiences fostered through the “kenjinkai” for their Nisei children and Sansei grandchildren? How was life in the “inaka” of the South Bay? What common experiences of Issei parenting do Nisei share?

These and other insights and personal stories will be the focus of the program as writers Roy Sakamoto, Naomi Otani, Marie Masumoto, Becky Kato Applegate, and Ike Hatchimonji interact with the audience through brief readings and sharing thoughts behind their stories.  The program will be moderated by editor and chairperson, Iku Kiriyama.

A limited number of copies will be available for purchase at $20 per copy. If you would like to reserve your copies prior to the program, please contact Kiriyama at (310) 326-0608 or [email protected] And, remember, Christmas is around the corner for gifting a one-of-a-kind limited edition to the “person who has everything.”