Author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston to speak

September 22, 2012 by  

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston was a young child when she and her family were forcibly removed from her childhood home and forced to live at Manzanar concentration camp in Owen’s Valley, California. She will talk about her experiences and her work as an author at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute next month

Along with Houston’s talk, a screening of ‘Farewell to Manzanar’ will be shown. The 120-minute film was originally released in 1976 as a made-for-television special.

More than 110,000 children, men, and women were ordered by the US government to be moved to military style camps in 1942. Born in Inglewood, Houston was seven years old and the youngest of 10 when she and her family were incarcerated. The film is based on Houston’s memories of her time in the camp.

The Manzanar War Relocation Center was only one of the 10 camps where the government housed resident Japanese aliens and Japanese American citizens during World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Most of the detainees were born in the United States. Manzanar is now designated a National Historic Site and many former internees come back to visit every year.

The Japanese Cultural Institute offers cultural, educational, and social programs for members of the community of all nationalities and offers its facilities for use to community organizations.

The discussion and accompanying film will be presented on Saturday, October 6 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Authors interested in following Houston’s lead and writing a book should check out a print company as an alternative to traditional publishers.