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Barbara Johns discusses "The Hope of Another Spring" Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017, 7 – 8:10 p.m.
Barbara Johns discusses "The Hope of Another Spring"
Event typeAuthor Readings/Lectures
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryArt historian Barbara Johns will discuss Takuichi Fujii, a Japanese artist who was incarcerated during WWII. After her presentation, Johns will appear in conversation with Densho’s Tom Ikeda.
DescriptionTakuichi Fujii (1891-1964) left Japan in 1906 to make his home in Seattle, where he established a business, started a family, and began his artistic practice. When war broke out between the United States and Japan, he and his family were incarcerated along with the more than 100,000 ethnic Japanese located on the West Coast. Sent to detention camps at Puyallup, Washington, and then Minidoka in Idaho, Fujii documented his daily experiences in words and art. "The Hope of Another Spring" reveals the rare find of a large and heretofore unknown collection of art produced during World War II. The centerpiece of the collection is Fujii’s illustrated diary that historian Roger Daniels has called the most remarkable document created by a Japanese American prisoner during the wartime incarceration. Barbara Johns presents Takuichi Fujii’s life story and his artistic achievements within the social and political context of the time. Sandy Kita, the artist’s grandson, provides translations and an introduction to the diary. This is a significant contribution to Asian American studies, American and regional history, and art history.
Barbara Johns, Ph.D., is a Seattle-based art historian and curator. She is the author of Signs of Home: The Paintings and Wartime Diary of Kamekichi Tokita.

Tom Ikeda is the founding Executive Director of Densho. He is a Sansei (third generation Japanese American) who was born and raised in Seattle. Tom’s parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka, Idaho. In addition to leading Densho for the past 20 years, Tom has conducted over 220 video-recorded, oral history interviews with Japanese Americans. He has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows Award and the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities.

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
View in Catalog"The Hope of Another Spring" by Barbara Johns
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for $6 after 5 p.m.
Recorded for PodcastThis event will be recorded for future podcast.
Contact Info*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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