Japanese Internment & Muslim Ban

Letters From Camp

Sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and created by filmmaker Frank Chi, this short film features letters that young Japanese Americans in World War II incarceration camps sent to Clara Breed, a librarian in San Diego. Excerpts from the letters are read by contemporary Muslim American youth standing beside Japanese American camp survivors. The survivors remain silent as the young people read stories that parallel their own hopes and fears. This video will be featured in the center's event "CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality," on May 28 and 29 at the Arts & Industries Building. Learn more at smithsonianapa.org/crosslines and let them know you’ll attend on their Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1116460541751620/#CrossLines #LettersFromCamp

Опубліковано Smithsonian 17 травня 2016 р.

The video begins with hands opening a letter, these hands are brown, they are clearly the hands of kids, and the background sound of a single piano note being played repeatedly are enough to set an aura of impending doom. In the video, “Letters From Camp,” young Muslim kids and Japanese Internment Camp survivors read letters written by Japanese kids, during their time in Camp.

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