Reflecting on the connections between the Japanese American internment during World War II and the present-day detention and deportation of immigrants and refugees, this multi-media event will combine sounds from archival 78 rpm records, live performance, and film projection. Utilizing multiple rooms of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW), a historic building that served as temporary housing for internees as they resettled in Seattle following the war and is home to the oldest Japanese language school in North America, the performance will feature Paul Kikuchi (percussion, composition) and Crow Nishimura (vocals).
This project was supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture. Presented by the Earshot Jazz Festival and the JCCCW. Photo of girl skating at Topaz concentration camp by David Tatsuno.