National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Palo Alto Children's Theatre


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1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301-3349

Tel: 650/463-4930
Fax: 650/324-0291
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/childrenstheatre

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

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When the Emperor Was Divine
Julie Otsuka

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Events

Children Of The Camps

The Kickoff event of The Big Read 2015 in Palo Alto! Our special guest will be filmmaker and psychotherapist, Dr. Satsuki Ina. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. It led to the forced incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry. …More than half were children. CHILDREN OF THE CAMPS is a powerful documentary that portrays the lingering personal impact of the World War II incarceration experience on Japanese Americans who were children during their imprisonment. It is an emotionally riveting piece that tells a disturbing story of racism in America, while highlighting the incredibly enduring strengths and cultural resources of the camp-survivors as they embark on a journey of healing. Please join us as we honor the Japanese American members of our community with this wonderful documentary.

Event Location: 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301-3349

Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

The Art of Acceptance

Join us as we celebrate the strength and endurance of our Japanese-American community with a performance and lecture by Stanford Taiko and Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu. For 23 years, Stanford Taiko has brought awareness of this special form of Japanese drumming to the greater community. Composed of Stanford students under the guidance of the Department of Music, Stanford Taiko has developed its own style of performance and boasts an entirely original, student-composed repertoire. A performance treat for the entire family! Dr. Murphy-Shigematsu is an American-Japanese cultural psychologist and co-founder of LifeWorks at Stanford University. Shikata Ga Nai references the particularly Japanese quality of emotional and spiritual liberation through acceptance. His unique perspective, from both sides of a hyphenated culture, speak to the challenges of race, ethnicity and cultural belonging faced by many communities. Part of the Big Read 2015 program, to promote reading and discussion of “When The Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka.

Event Location: Clubhouse Ballroom on Stanford Campus, 524 Lasuen Mall, Palo Alto, CA 94301-3349

Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

"When The Emperor Was Divine" Public Book Discussion

Join us in the beautiful courtyard of the Mitchell Park Center in Palo Alto, CA for a discussion of the Julie Otsuka novel "When The Emperor Was Divine".

Event Location: Mitchell Park Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301-3349

Date: Tue, Apr 21, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Date: Tue, May 5, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Date: Tue, May 12, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

"When The Emperor Was Divine" Public Book Discussion

Join us in the lovely Embarcadero Room at the newly renovated Rinconada Library in Palo Alto, CA for a discussion of the Julie Otsuka novel "When The Emperor Was Divine".

Event Location: Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

The Ties That Bound Us: Exploring Life Behind the Fences

The Palo Alto Teen Arts Council and Henry M. Gunn High School present an evening of original student works inspired by themes from Julie Otsuka’s “When the Emperor Was Divine". Join us for an artistic discussion of the novel as well as an exploration of the human suffering and ultimate perseverance during one of the most controversial and tragic chapters in American history. Come and explore the issues that faced countless Japanese Americans who woke up one day with a notice on every corner that they were to be relocated and taken away from their lives, their jobs, and their homes. Share in their struggle and eventual endurance in the face of overwhelming adversity. Become the final chapter in this saga as we explore how this changed our nation and how we can continue to move forward.

Event Location: Gunn High School Little Theatre, 780 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

From A Silk Cocoon

Free film screening of the Satsuki Ina documentary, “From A Silk Cocoon”. This award-winning film will share the story of Dr. Ina’s own family as they endured incarceration at Tule Lake during WWII. Afterwards, Dr. Ina herself will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information about the film and her own personal experience as a child of the camps.

Event Location: Palo Alto High School Media Arts Center, 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

"When The Emperor Was Divine" Public Book Discussion

Join us in the lovely Embarcadero Room at the newly renovated Rinconada Library in Palo Alto, CA for a discussion of the Julie Otsuka novel "When The Emperor Was Divine".

Event Location: Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Date: Thu, May 7, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: When the Emperor Was Divine

Palo Alto Day Of Remembrance

The Capstone event in our 2015 Big Read programming. Palo Alto's first Day of Remembrance. In association with the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple and Sequoia Chapter JACL. Review of Big Read program. Reflection on Japanese-American incarceration. Celebration of Japanese-American community. A book discussion with the author, Julie Otsuka.

Event Location: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Date: Sat, May 23, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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