An Intergenerational Writing Workshop

January 26, 2012 by Admin

“Collecting Nisei Stories: An Intergenerational Writing Workshop on Wartime Incarceration and Post-War Resettlement”
facilitated by Brian Komei Dempster

Saturday, Feb. 11th
2 pm to 5 pm
Berkeley Methodist United Church, 1710 Carleton Street, Berkeley

The workshop is designed as a catalyst to explore Nisei stories through writing.  In particular, we will focus on the Nisei camp experience–both the wartime incarceration and post-war resettlement.  We invite Nisei to come on their own or to bring a son, daughter, grandchild, or friend to share in the process.  We invite Sansei to help write down and remember our Nisei family stories. We invite you be a part of an online writing collective for the posting and sharing of Nisei Stories.

The workshop is a continuing thread of Nisei writing workshops lead by Brian Komei Dempster that has resulted in two publications, Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011) and From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001).  “Collecting Nisei Stories” receives funding support from the California State Library – Civil Liberties Public Education Program, which allows the workshops to be offered free of charge.

We look forward to having you join us.

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In the aftermath of World War II, more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry – roughly two-thirds of whom were American citizens – were released from forced imprisonment in U.S. concentration camps. But released to return where, after being taken from their homes along the West Coast? When they were finally allowed to leave the internment camps, they faced a new challenge: How do you resume a life so interrupted.
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