July 25, 2021, 11:30am-2:00pm Hawai’i Time ADORE (A Dialogue On Race and Ethnicity) meeting

The July 25th ADORE meeting will be held virtually from 11:30am-2:00pm. An extra half hour is being tacked onto the usual 2-hour meeting because we will be showing and discussing a 75-minute docudrama called, Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai’i, and we want to leave ample time for discussion.

The rise in anti-Asian hate incidents this past year has prompted an important discussion about racism toward the Asian-American population, both in Hawai’i and the Continental United States. During the meeting, we will view the film mentioned above and then delve into a discussion on various related topics such as the history of anti-Asian racism, including the WWII internment camps, the burden of the model minority myth, the indiscriminate lumping of all Asians into one block, and Asian-American support for other vulnerable ethnic groups such as those who are caged at the US southern border and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Following is a description of the docudrama, Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai’i. The film was sponsored by, among others, the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i.  It was written and directed by Ryan Kawamoto with David Sato directing photography, including the historical reenactments.

While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II has been well documented on the U.S. Mainland, new information about the sites and untold stories continue to emerge from Japanese Americans in Hawai’i who endured this dark chapter of history. “Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of Hawai’i” explores the personal stories of Yakuma Hayashi, George Hoshida, Koiichi Iida, Rev. Tadao Kouchi, Dr. Motokazu Mori, Dr. Seiichi Ohata, Kanesaburo Oshima, Matsujiro Otani, Joichi Tahara, Shigeri Terada, and Kyoichi Ueda from the counties of O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i and Hawai’i Island. The film also takes an archeological journey through the 19 former WWII confinement sites in Hawai’i and the relevance of history upon civil liberties today. 

Below is the information and link to enter the zoom ADORE meeting on July 25th. The meeting will officially start at 11:30am Hawai’i Time. Please log into the meeting starting around 11:15am so that we can start promptly at 11:30am.

adore@unitariansofhi.org is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Monthly ADORE (A Dialogue On Race and Ethnicity) Meeting
Time: Jul 25, 2021 11:00 AM Hawaii
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