Author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston will Discuss Her Manzanar Experience July 7th at Main Library

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The Long Beach Public Library and Cal Humanities presents author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston July 7th at the Main Library. Well known to many Long Beach residents, Mrs. Houston, a Poly High School alumna, will discuss her compelling memoir about her Japanese-American internment experience. Farewell to Manzanar, written with her husband James D. Houston, provides her unique perspective on this chapter in our history.

Houston was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and fishing business in Long Beach, and relocated to Manzanar in the foothills of California’s Eastern Sierras, taking only the belongings they could carry. Long Beach was ground zero during the forced dislocation, internment, and property seizure of thousands of local families when anti-Japanese hysteria gripped the country. Her story is a lasting reminder of how civil rights are at risk during a national crisis.

Experience this rare opportunity to hear and meet Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and welcome her back to Long Beach! July 7, 2012 at 1pm at the Main Library Auditorium 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, 90802. Admission is FREE.

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