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Asian Pacific Islander Day

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Asian Pacific Islander Day
Saturday, May 11 • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Central Library/Great Hall & Donald Wright Auditorium

11 a.m. • Moving Histories: Japanese Americans After the Wartime Incarceration
Join us for a conversation with two women writers who grew up in the Pasadena area and whose writings have focused on the World War II mass detention of Japanese Americans.

  • Naomi Hirahara will read excerpts from her historic novel in progress, Clark & Division, and share photos of Japanese Americans temporarily settling in Chicago immediately after being released from World War II incarceration camps.
  • Sharon Yamato will show her most recent documentary, Moving Walls, that tells the little-known story of what happened to the thousands of poorly constructed barracks that served as ramshackle homes for Japanese Americans during the war.


This program was made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

1:30 p.m. ▪ Hawaiian Dancers
Experience traditional halau as Halau Hula Moani’a’ala Anuhea showcases Hawaiian culture through dance, language and music.

3 p.m. ▪ Alan Brennert discusses his new novel, Daughter of Moloka’i, the highly anticipated sequel to his national bestseller Moloka’i.It is a richly emotional tale of two women, mother and daughter—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. Told in Brennert’s vivid, evocative prose, it conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures. Books will be available for sale and signing.


May 11
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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285 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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