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For the Sake of the Children Film Screening & Discussion

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Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

122 E. Culver St.

Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Join us for a film screening and panel discussion with filmmaker Marlene Shigekawa.

Now, more than 75 years after World War II, For the Sake of the Children, explores the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration, its impact on current generations who are descendants of families who were incarcerated and the complex interplay of culture, racial prejudice, history, and intergenerational differences. For the Sake of the Children captures the diverse voices of women who surmounted imprisonment, racial prejudice, displacement and resettlement. Mothers who gave birth to or raised children while incarcerated include: Misako Shigekawa, Kiyo Yoshida and Kitako Izumizaki. They speak of putting aside their frustration and fear to provide for their children. Daughters and sons of this generation speak of their struggle to assimilate in a postwar society while unknowingly dealing with both parental shame triggered by the incarceration experience and silent suffering. Each person tells of how he/she has searched for an outlet to express and validate their Japanese American identity. The next generation, whose grandmothers or great grandmothers were incarcerated, explains their attempts to uncover, comprehend and integrate their ancestor’s experiences into their lives.

For the Sake of the Children follows the journeys of a variety of Japanese Americans from four generations in searching for their identity as Americans with a unique Japanese American heritage. These individuals reflect a cross section of society such as artists, politicians, preservationists, journalists, activists and young students. Notable individuals include: Former U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Transportation, Norm Mineta; and actor, George Takei. Many of these stories have, until now, never been told.

Generous support for this event is provided by a grant from the Stowe Fund housed in the ASU School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies

Sponsored by ASU Asian Pacific American Studies and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center

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