WHO/WHAT: A talk story and book signing with Heidi Kim, editor of “Taken from the Paradise Isle: The Hoshida Family Story.”

Crafted from George Hoshida’s diary and memoir, as well as letters faithfully exchanged with his wife Tamae, “Taken from the Paradise Isle” is an intimate account of the anger, resignation, philosophy, optimism and love, with which the Hoshida family endured during their separation and incarceration during World War II.

George and Tamae Hoshida and their children were an American family of Japanese ancestry who lived in Hawai‘i.  George was arrested as a “potentially dangerous alien” and interned in a series of camps over the next two years. Meanwhile, forced to leave her eldest daughter who is disabled in a nursing home in Hawai‘i, Tamae and three daughters including a newborn, were incarcerated at the Jerome incarceration camp in Arkansas.

Editor Heidi Kim, assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will share the “Hoshida Family Story” through their letters, diaries and pencil and brush artwork by George Hoshida.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1-2 p.m. in the JCCH Historical Gallery Theater.

COST: Admission is free. For more information, call 945-7633.


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