The Smithsonian National Museum of American History will observe a Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to mark the anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and subsequent incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans.
In the Warner Theater of the American History museum, the Smithsonian will host a film screening and live performance by the award-winning composer Kishi Bashi, and a guest lecture by renowned scholar Duncan Ryuken Williams.
In Omoiyari: a Songfilm by Kishi Bashi, composer Kaoru Ishibashi (professionally known as "Kishi Bashi") embarks on a personal quest by creating music in locations relevant to the Japanese American Incarceration. Omoiyari is a genre-breaking cinematic exploration that fuses history and art to examine the complexities of the human condition. NPR’s All Songs Considered listed Kishi Bashi as a favorite new artist, praising his work as “a radiant, uplifting soundscape.”
USC professor Duncan Ryuken Williams, the author of American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War, explores the role of religion – particularly Buddhism – in the Japanese American incarceration. George Takei has called American Sutra “a must-read for anyone interested in the implacable quest for civil liberties, social and racial justice, religious freedom, and American belonging.”
Following the screening and lecture, Kishi Bashi and Duncan Ryuken Williams will join NMAH curators Noriko Sanefuji and Peter Manseau on stage for discussion and audience Q&A.
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