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Design Conversation Series, Featuring Setsuko Winchester

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The Liljestrand House

3300 Tantalus Drive

Honolulu, HI 96822

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Featuring Setsuko Winchester's "Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowls Project"

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Ceramic artist, photographer and journalist, Setsuko Winchester, will install her Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowls Project on the back lawn of Liljestrand House overlooking Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and Pearl Harbor. We hope you will join us for a presentation and conversation with Setsuko and her husband, celebrated author Simon Winchester.

Exploring questions such as “Who is American?”, “What does citizenship mean?” and “How long do you have to be here to be considered a bona fide member of this mongrel group?” Setsuko hand-pinched 120 yellow tea bowls in various sizes and shades of yellow. Each of the 120 bowls represents 1,000 of the 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry (of which 70% were US citizens) who were incarcerated after FDR signed Executive Order 9066 in February of 1942. The color yellow was chosen to represent “The Yellow Peril” as they were referred to at the time.

From 2015-2016, Setsuko and Simon packed up the 120 bowls and drove to each of the ten concentration camps, some located in the most remote, least visited parts of the United States. The bowls were then arranged and photographed at each of the camps. Setsuko’s hope is that by exposing these places of “fear” we can finally exorcise the shame and guilt, and move forward rather than blame the victim or shame the oppressors. Rather, use history as a way to learn how to move forward rather than repeat the past.

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