News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Palo Alto Day of Remembrance Event, May 23
Contact : Lane Pianta, Grant Manager    1-650-463-4939
Julie Otsuka's book.

Come honor and remember the 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in camps around the country.  The Palo Alto Day of Remembrance event will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd in Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Children’s Theatre and the Japanese-American Citizens League are sponsoring the event.

This event will culminate the Big Read 2015 - a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest that promotes reading of a particular novel.  This year, the Children’s Theatre selected Julie Otsuka’s novel, “When The Emperor Was Divine”.  The novel tells the story of a Japanese-American family that is split up and incarcerated during WWII.  In line with that topic, we partnered with local high schools to bring camp survivors and teaching artists into the classroom to raise awareness about this chapter in American history.

The Palo Alto Day of Remembrance, co-sponsored by the Japanese-American Citizens League, will feature two guest speakers: Tom Izu, Executive Director of the California History Center and Foundation (CHCF) and Julie Otsuka, author of "When The Emperor Was Divine" (appearing by Skype).  Ms. Otsuka’s appearance will mark the Capstone of the Big Read 2015 programming – in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest.

Admission is free and open to the public.