The Oral History Committee of the local chapter has established a Speakers Bureau to serve as an educational resource for teachers and civic organizations in the Sonoma County area. This Speakers Bureau, offered as a free service, was established to educate the public about the Japanese American experience, particularly the mass evacuation and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.
Hear a member of the Oral History Committee share the unique story of diversity and cultural interdependence between the Japanese American and Caucasian communities in Sonoma County before, during and after World War II.
Storytellers use Kamishibai, Japanese for Paper Theater, consisting of 20 vibrant prints, to convey a tale of two young Japanese American siblings being forced into a Japanese Internment camp. Kamishibai is a unique way of interacting with the audience. The storytellers bring a wooden briefcase (butai) that has doors that open to create a stage that frames the prints. The viewers gather in front of it and listen as the story unfolds. For larger crowds, a PowerPoint presentation is available.
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