Internment Camp survivor to talk

Those who participated in this year’s Greenwich Reads Together program won’t want to miss a lecture from Japanese Internment Camp survivor Lorraine Leiko Miyahara who will appear April 22 in the Greenwich Arts Council Meeting Room at 1 p.m.

Greenwich Reads Together’s 2013 book selection, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, tells the story of one Japanese American family in early 1942. They are suddenly informed that along with thousands of others they have been classified as “enemy aliens” and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert. When the Emperor was Divine conveys the emotional texture of their experience.

Accordingly, Ms. Miyahara will speak about her experience as a Japanese American during her period of confinement in the early period of World War II.

She has written a book entitled Internment: A True Story — Memories of a Thirteen Year Old Girl, 1941-1944.

The program will also include a PowerPoint presentation of photographs taken in the camps, a display of artifacts of the period and an array of paintings by Ms. Miyahara responding to her internment experiences.

The author will sign copies of her book after the presentation.

Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments of green tea and Japanese cookies will be served.

A complete booklet listing all programs scheduled for Greenwich Reads Together 2013 may be picked up at the Greenwich Arts Council or by visiting greenwichreadstogether.org.

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