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FREE Screening: Issei: The First Generation

UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

FREE Screening: Issei: The First Generation

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Filmed in 1983, in and around Walnut Grove, CA, ISSEI: THE FIRST GENERATION was shown only twice in 1984 on local television.  Buried in the vaults for thirty years, this unique film was produced by poet and film maker Toshi Washizu.  54 minutes in length, ISSEI revolves around original oral history interviews with Walnut Grove’s Issei, ranging in age from their 80s into their 100s, recounting their lives and experiences in their own words.

With the help of UCLA’s Aratani Endowed Chair/Professor Lane Hirabayashi, film maker Washizu has generated a newly restored, wide-screen, digital version of the film, with English narration by Amy Hill and subtitles for Japanese interviews.  ISSEI is one of the few films that documents Japanese Americans in rural settings generally, and the San Joaquin delta area specifically, making it a valuable contribution to the history of the first-generation Japanese experience before, during, and after the war.
ISSEI: THE FIRST GENERATION is a documentary film about the Japanese who, at the turn of the century, immigrated to the West Coast of the United States.  These pioneering men and women tell their own stories of struggles and triumphs in a new land.

  • Doors open at 3:30 - Light refreshments provided
  • Stay Afterwards for a Q&A with Director Toshi Washizu.
  • Free Parking for the first 125 guests. Please park in Lot 3.
Have questions about FREE Screening: Issei: The First Generation? Contact UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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Broad Art Center, EDA Room
240 Charles E Young Dr N
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

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UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

The UCLA Center for Japanese Studies was created in 1991. The original goal of its creators was to enhance and develop an infrastructure for Japanese Studies at UCLA. At the same time the Center committed itself to the training of a new generation of scholars working on Japan. A further goal was to provide greater national visibility for UCLA's Japanese Studies Programs and to cooperate with other groups and institutions in the broader field of Japanese Studies in the United States. Emerging as it did after the complex period of Japanese-American relations in the 1980s, it furthermore committed itself to providing an academic understanding of the U.S.- Japan relationship. A final goal of the Center was to attract sufficient funding to support a vigorous Japan centered program and to serve as an advocate on campus for the faculty and student support needed to develop Japanese Studies at UCLA.
The generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Terasaki in 2005 has allowed the Center to expand its programs in several new directions. The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Program provide necessary resources to promote new initiatives, hold flagship conferences, and offer analysis of the most compelling domestic and international issues facing Japan.

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