Family Stories, Japanese American Internment, and When the Emperor Was Divine

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Urbandale Public Library
Meeting Room A/B

Event Details

Presenters Neil Nakadate and Vivian Hayashi will give us a glimpse into both their families' experience in Japanese-American Internment Camps during WWII. Neil Nakadate's novel, "Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir," includes an account of his family's internment camp experience that he will expand on. We will also hear from Vivian Hayashi, and the everyday life her father and family experienced at Topaz- the same Japanese American Internment Camp described in the 2021 All Urbandale Reads book, "When the Emperor Was Divine" by Julie Otsuka. Attendees will be entered into a door prize to receive a signed copy of Neil Nakadate's book, "Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir." 

Program Agenda: 
  • 25-30 minutes: Neil presents an overview of the history regarding Japanese-American Internments Camps. He'll make connections to the 2021 All Urbandale Reads book and his own family's experience that he wrote about in his novel. 
  • 25-30 minutes: Vivian presents on what everyday life was like in Topaz with the aid of powerful visuals, including her father's yearbook. 
  • 25-30 minutes: Q&A with Neil and Vivian. Wrap up with drawing the door prize winner. 
Target Audience: All Ages (Registration for this event is strongly advised as space is limited.) 

This program is part of our All Urbandale Reads series. The 2021 All Urbandale Reads book is "When the Emperor was Divine" by Julie Otsuka. To learn more about the All Urbandale Reads program, click here

Event Type(s): Special Event
Age Group(s): All Ages
Brianna Ryan, Programming & Outreach Asst.

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