Nihonjin Face challenges audiences to think about civil rights from a different angle by recalling the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Nihonjin Face, meaning “Japanese Face,” shares the story of 10 year-old Tacoma resident Tomiko Hashimoto and follows her family’s experience during the war and its impact on her future. Nihonjin Face challenges audiences to make connections between our South Sound heritage and our own civic engagement today. Discussion follows the play.
Feb. 19 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Presidential Executive Order 9066 that led to incarceration of West Coast Japanese American citizens during WWII. Setting the stage for the play, Professor Mary Hanneman will share highlights of the oral history research project she and Professor Lisa Hoffman led to document experiences of the Japanese American community that existed where UW Tacoma is located today, a vibrant community that did not return to Tacoma after the war.
Admission is free.
For more info, call the UW Tacoma Office of Advancement 253-692-5753
Presented by the UW Tacoma Arts & Lecture Fund