‘Farewell to Manzanar’ author, film screening slated at JCI

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Author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston will be a guest speaker during a special event, which includes a screening of “Farewell to Manzanar,” scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.

The free event is open to the public and will be presented in the JCI Hall at 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena.

The film, based on Houston’s compelling memoir,  “is a haunting reminder of how our civil rights are at risk in moments of crisis,” organizers said.  

Author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston will be a guest speaker during a special event, which includes a screening of “Farewell to Manzanar,” scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.

The free event is open to the public and will be presented in the JCI Hall at 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena.

The film, based on Houston’s compelling memoir,  “is a haunting reminder of how our civil rights are at risk in moments of crisis,” organizers said.  

During World War II, 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans on the West Coast  were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in illegal detention centers surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers.  Jeanne Wakatsuki, the youngest of 10 children, was born in Inglewood, Calif. and spent her childhood in Southern California until 1942, when at age seven, she and her family were uprooted from their home and incarcerated at Manzanar relocation camp.

This California Reads Searching for Democracy program is made possible with support from Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. Screening of Farewell to Manzanar courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum .

This special program is made possible by the County of Los Angeles Public Library.  

For additional information, call (626) 573-5220, or visit the County Library

Website at www.colapublib.org