Storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung as the late Sen. Spark Matsu-naga. (Photos courtesy of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace.)

WHO/WHAT: The Matsunaga Institute for Peace will stream this encouraging, real-life tale in its online “Beginning and End of the Bomb Talk Story” series about “resiliency during unprecedented times.”

“Spark Matsunaga: Warrior Poet with Storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung” will be presented by locally raised Takiyama-Chung, former chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network. His online performance tells the story of the plantation-raised, compassionate U.S. senator who, “(h)aving tasted the bitterness of war…always strove to find sweet and ever-lasting peace.”

The late Matsunaga, poet and 100th Battalion/442nd RCT veteran, established the position of U.S. Poet Laureate and led the Redress Bill for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, during his time in the Senate.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Oct. 8, 1-2:30 p.m., at the Peace Institute’s YouTube page, Register for this free event at For details, contact Jose Barzola at 956-6433 or


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