Week 2: Confinement in the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico's Historical Experiences with Concentration Camps

February 27

Film Screening: CLOE: A Voyage of Discovery
Join us at 2:30 PM for the film and post-film discussion with the film creators as they discuss their discoveries.
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Description: As a result of a National Park Service Grant, the NMJACL spent hundreds of hours researching the four Japanese American Internment Camps located in New Mexico. This process and research has been put on film. Click here to preview their project.

March 2

The CLOE Project: Confinement in the Land of Enchantment at 11:00 AM.

March 3

Book Discussion: CLOE at 6:00 PM 
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March 4

Fort Sumner/ Bosque Redondo Historic Site: The Past, Present, and Future
Presented by Park Ranger Rebekha Crockett at 11:00 AM.
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Description: Fort Sumner was established in 1864 as the military control center of an internment camp for the N’de (Mescalero Apache) and Diné (Navajo). Approximately 10,000 people were force-marched to what became known as the Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation and held as prisoners of war for four long years. This lecture, given by a Fort Sumner Park Ranger, will discuss the events that lead to the internment of these two tribes, the hardships they experienced, and Bosque Redondo Memorial’s role in interpreting and sharing this dark chapter of New Mexico’s and America’s history with the public.

A conversation between children’s lit authors Cynthia Grady and Laurel Goodluck at 2:00 PM.

Description: Join two New Mexican authors as they discuss writing for children and their relationship to Japanese American internment. Laurel Goodluck is a children’s book author living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She comes from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Tsimshian tribes and is of Japanese descent. Her great-grandfather, Harry Sharai, was imprisoned in Santa Fe and Lordsburg Internment camps, separated from his family who were split up into different camps throughout the West. 

March 5

Exile from Paradise, Internment in New Mexico:  Fathers and Grandfathers in When the Emperor was Divine and Remembering Our Grandfathers' Exile
A lecture by Gail Okawa at 11:00 AM

Description: Join Dr. Gail Okawa as she explores the parallels between the WWII internment of the fictional father in When the Emperor was Divine and her own maternal grandfather and Hawai`i's Japanese, documented in her recently published book Remembering Our Grandfathers' Exile. Using photos and wartime documents, as well as readings to dramatize internee voices, Dr. Okawa will capture the experience of Japanese immigrant men unjustly held in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Lordsburg and Santa Fe Internment Camps in New Mexico, and elsewhere, including episodes that the fictional father's letters could not reveal. 

NMSU English Department/ La Sociedad Presents: Christine Kitano at 2:30 PM.
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Description: Join NMSU for the latest installment of their La Sociedad Reading Series featuring poet Christine Kitano. Christine Kitano is the author of two collections of poetry, Sky Country (BOA Editions) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press). Born and raised in Los Angeles, she currently lives in Upstate New York where she is an assistant professor at Ithaca College and teaches poetry and Asian American literature. She also serves on the faculty for the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.