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Japanese American Incarceration - Brandon Shimoda

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
SU Theatre

UConn's annual observance of the Day of Remembrance presents poet, writer BRANDON SHIMODA and "Japanese American Incarceration."

Of himself and his work Brandon writes:

I was born in the San Fernando Valley of southern California, to an Irish-Scottish girl and a Japanese boy. They were married in the Swiss Alps in the early 70’s. They were children at the time, and have sustained themselves as fortunately so, for now I count them both among my siblings. My mother is a visual artist and my father founded a non-profit organization based out of Laos. My sister, Kelly, is a photographer; her photos compose a resource of astonishingly acute feeling—especially feeling possessed by people in and out of their element—that I am in continual awe of, and constantly fail to enact in my own work. The three of them—my mother, father and sister—are a basic part of my motivation, the four of us obscured by the problems that refuse to sway, giving rise to a fruitful and communal elaboration of energies. Another principal motivation is my father’s father, Midori Shimoda—also a photographer, imprisoned in a federal detention center in Montana during the second World War for being one. And for being Japanese; he was born in Hiroshima, in 1910, emigrated to the U.S. in 1919, though was not granted citizenship until 1955. - from

There will also be a drumming performance by UConn Kodama Taiko.

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian & Asian American Studies Institute, Dept of History, Dodd Center, AsACC, Human Rights Institute, El Instituto, Humanities Institute, and the American Studies Program.


Asian American Cultural Center (primary), Asian American Studies Institute, History Department, Human Rights Institute, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn Master Calendar

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