Ito Sister Film Screening and Panel Discussion

On March 19th I attended the film screening and panel discussion of The Ito Sisters: An American Story directed and produced by Antonia Grace Glenn. Along with Professors Evelyn Nakano Glenn and Michael Omi of UC Berkeley, I am one of the talking heads in the film. A discussion followed the screening, featuring Professors Sarah Gualtieri, Beth Meyerowitz, and Evelyn Nakano Glenn.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Ito Sisters captures the rarely told stories of the earliest Japanese immigrants to the US and their American-born children. The 3 sisters at the heart of the film—Nancy, Lillian and Hedy—share rare first-hand stories of their family’s struggle to become American, in the face of a serious of natural and man-made disasters. The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the Anti-Japanese Movement that culminated in the forced removal and incarceration of more that 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II.