Sunday, May 22 2016
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
*** NEARING CAPACITY. We will soon start waitlisting and are considering a second screening. ***
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE (2016, 60 min., documentary). The dominant narrative of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans has been that they behaved as a “model minority,” cooperated without protest, and proved their patriotism by enlisting in the Army. The long-suppressed story of Tule Lake Segregation Center overturns that myth and is more relevant than ever.
The pre-premiere of Konrad Aderer’s feature-length Resistance at Tule Lake will highlight a 60-minute version of the film currently being prepared for public broadcasting. It is a crucial update to previous documentaries on the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Driven by intimate first-hand stories of men and women who lived this tumultuous history, this documentary conveys the emotions, values and family bonds that compelled them to resist, to protest their incarceration, and to salvage a livable future for their families.
Resistance at Tule Lake is a presentation of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) with funding provided by the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Program, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation.
Program: Panel hosted by the Suyama Project from UCLA featuring local resistor Jimi Yamaichi, other former Tule Lake incarcerees from Los Angeles, and a special appearance by director Konrad Aderer from New York. The UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) Eji Suyama Endowment strives to preserve the history of Japanese American dissent during World War II. After the war, Suyama was one of the few 442nd veterans from the mainland to publicly support Japanese Americans who had protested the discriminatory policies of the government during World War II.