Brandon Shimoda and Aisuke Kondo: March 7, 2019

Tags

academy of american poets aisuke kondo alienation american amnesia anger archival art arizona art and activism asian american poets asian american studies asian diaspora asian migration berlin, germany bilingualism black mountain college border crossing brandon shimoda chernobyl nuclear disaster christina sharpe citizenship city lights books civil liberties act of 1988 class identity collage concentration camps creative process custodial labor dehumanization democracy documentary film el camino real emotion eternity ethan hawke experimental documentary family family history forced labor ford foundation fukushima, japan fukushima nuclear disaster gallery turnaround ghosts gila river gila river internment camp history identification immigration injustice installations intergenerational trauma japanese american internment camps japanese american poets japanese american relocation japanese artists japanese language josef albers kommunale galerie berlin kyoto art center kyoto, japan language interpretation los angeles, california mass deportation memorials memory mintmoue multimedia muslim americans nuclear power phoenix, arizona photography poetry coalition possession public law 100-383 race and writing racism rea tajiri research rohwer war relocation center ruth asawa ruth asawa garden of remembrance san francisco, california san francisco state college san francisco state university santa anita, california santa clara university sculpture sendai, japan sfsu faculty statelessness state surveillance strawberry fields (1997) sublimation surveillance tanforan assembly center temporality the shops at tanforan the song cave time tokyo art museum tokyo, japan topaz war relocation center translation transnationalism tucson, arizona twitter united states department of justice university of colorado visual arts walt disney walt whitman whiteness world war ii xenophobia yukiko nagakura

The Poetry Center presents Brandon Shimoda and Aisuke Kondo, featuring a reading, an art presentation, and conversation. Shimoda reads a new work, written for the occasion, reflecting on the experience and legacy of Japanese American internment during World War II, followed by one long poem from his book The Desert (The Song Cave, 2018). Kondo, Japanese artist and visiting scholar at SF State in Asian American Studies, speaks (with live Japanese-to-English interpretation by Wesley Uenten) on the influence of his great grandfather's migration to the US and his internment during World War II in the Topaz Camp, in Utah, on his own art and creative process, interspersed with a video presentation and slideshow from recent exhibitions. Prior to the event, the audience was invited to join an informal gathering at the Ruth Asawa Garden of Remembrance, a public space designed to commemorate the 19 Japanese American San Francisco State University students incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. The reading and presentation are followed by a conversation between the artists and with the audience (with Japanese-English interpretation by Takeshi Moro). This event, funded in part by a Ford Foundation grant to the Academy of American Poets in support of the Poetry Coalition, is part of a series of nationwide programming during the month of March 2019 in conjunction with the Poetry Coalition, under the theme: "What is it then between us?" Poetry and Democracy, and was co-sponsored by the Department of Asian American Studies at SF State.

Contributor
Steve Dickison, Wesley Uenten, Takeshi Moro, Susan Gevirtz, Steve Fujiwara, Jacob Kahn, Valerie Soe, Elaine Katzenberger
Date
03/07/2019
Originally Recorded By
DocFilm Institute
Total Run Time
01:44:59
Location
The Poetry Center, SFSU
Views
905
Downloads
54

Brandon Shimoda (00:27:56)

Click here to listen to this audio file

Aisuke Kondo (00:34:44)

Click here to listen to this audio file

Conversation (00:34:45)

Click here to listen to this audio file

Related Items