Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps
Film - Documentary: Center for Japanese Studies | September 18 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Gund Theater
Shirley Muramoto Wong, Filmmaker
Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps uses historical footage and interviews from artists who were interned to tell the story of how traditional Japanese cultural arts were maintained at a time when the War Relocation Authority (WRA) emphasized the importance of assimilation and Americanization. This film is the first major presentation of the existence of traditional music, dance and drama in the camps. Filmmaker Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong has been searching, researching and collecting for over 20 years information on who these artists were. Her own familys history with the camps led her to become a kotoist and teacher of the Japanese koto (13-stringed zither).
This event is being held to honor the memory of Masako Martha Suzuki, and to celebrate the new Masako Martha Suzuki Endowment in support of the activities of the Center for Japanese Studies to continue the promotion of educating students and the general public about Japanese history, culture and arts as well as the Japanese-American experience immediately before, during and after World War II.
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