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Our History, Our Responsibility, Featuring Khizr Khan and Kishi Bashi Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Our History, Our Responsibility, Featuring Khizr Khan and Kishi Bashi
Event typeLibrary Program
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationOther
AddressSeattle Center--Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
AudienceTeens, Adults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a Day of Remembrance event to honor Japanese Americans of World War II and stand in solidarity with American Muslims today, with special guests Gold Star father Khizr Khan and musician Kishi Bashi.
DescriptionDuring World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly incarcerated against their will for the sole “crime” of their Japanese ancestry. Today, American Muslims are being similarly targeted because of their faith. We’ve been here before, and it is our responsibility to ensure that we do not continue down a path that values prejudice and a false sense of security over liberty and justice.

On February 19, we will recognize Japanese American service members, survivors, resisters, and upstanders of World War II. And we are honored to welcome guest speaker Khizr Khan whose new memoir, "An American Family," is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it’s like to risk everything you know for the promises contained in the U.S. Constitution.

Musician Kishi Bashi will screen a segment of his forthcoming documentary about Japanese American incarceration and will accompany it with a musical performance.

Khizr Khan is a Constitutional Rights Advocate and a Gold Star parent who attended Punjab University Law School in Lahore Pakistan. He was licensed to practice law in 1974. In 1980, he migrated to the United States and attended Harvard Law School for LL.M. degree. He is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States and in Washington, DC and New York courts and before the Federal District Courts, Southern and Western Districts of New York. With Ghazala Khan, he is a proud parent of three including the late US Army CPT Humayun Khan and four grandchildren. His new memoir, "An American Family," is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it’s like to risk everything you know for the promises contained in the U.S. Constitution.

Kishi Bashi is an internationally acclaimed Japanese American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He will present a segment of his forthcoming project, Omoiyari: a Songfilm by Kishi Bashi. The film chronicles a personal quest in which Kishi Bashi creates music in locations relevant to the Japanese American Incarceration. It is on this journey that Kishi Bashi comes to terms with his own identity, and uncovers a myriad of social issues that have gripping modern relevance. ‘Omoiyari’ is a genre breaking, artistic exploration that fuses history, art, and the complexities of the human condition.

Co-presented by Densho, CAIR-Washington State, Seattle Center, The Seattle Public Library, NVC Foundation, Keiro Northwest and sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company. This event is supported by the Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information visit: https://densho.org/dor2018/
NotesThis event is free and open to the public, but all attendees are required to register for complimentary tickets at https://denshodor.brownpapertickets.com/.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. and all attendees will be subjected to a courteous bag screening. Guests are encouraged to arrive early as general admission tickets are not a guarantee of a seat. Doors will open to non-ticket holders 10 minutes prior to the start of the program.

World War II incarceration survivors and Nisei veterans are encouraged to attend and will be honored during the event. If you plan to attend, please email info@densho.org with your name and the names of your accompanying family members so that VIP tickets can be issued to you.

This event will be live-streamed at https://densho.org/dor2018/.

Questions? Email info@densho.org. Members of the media, please contact nina.wallace@densho.org.
Contactinfo@densho.org
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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