Opening Session: Day of Remembrance

February 19, 2021

Welcome to the Big Read

A Discussion with Ken Miyagishima from CLC-TV on Vimeo.

Join us here at 2:00 PM for an introduction to the Big Read 2021, featuring Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League representative Victor Yamada, Big Read Project Coordinator Brita Sauer and NMJACL Big Read Partner and Program Coordinator Nikki Nojima Louis. The video concludes with a powerful slideshow featuring the song Take Only What You Can Carry by Michael Stern. 

Film Screening: Kikan: The Homecoming
Join us at  for the film and post-film discussion with Director Kerwin Berk along with the cast and crew at 6:30 PM.
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Description: A promise takes Private Jimmy Ibata on a journey from the battlefields of Europe to San Francisco to complete his final mission of the war. This award-winning film features Ryan Takemiya, Anna Sun, Ken Takeda, Kealoha Nakamura, Miyoko Sakatani, Roji Oyama, Chizu Omori and Hiroshi Kashiwagi and was directed by Kerwin Berk (39 min).
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