Presidio Book Club

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Gary Y. Okihiro, Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II (University of Washington Press, 1999)
The traditional book club reimagined as an inclusive public program that anyone can take part in, whether or not they’ve read the book. Enjoy contextualizing remarks by Presidio Trust historian, Barbara Berglund, and then either participate in or listen to the facilitated discussion of both the book and the general topic that follows. Think of this as part book club, part graduate seminar, part Parisian salon.
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During World War II more than 5,500 young Japanese Americans found their way out of the internment camps in which their families were imprisoned to attend colleges beyond the West Coast exclusion zone. This little-known story, of the actions of these Nisei students and the white Americans who helped them, adds an important dimension to understandings of both racism and antiracism on the American homefront.
This four-month Presidio Book Club series (begun in January) explores U.S. wartime homefronts, from a West Coast perspective and through a broader national lens. The Presidio of San Francisco was a U.S. Army post from 1846 to 1994. The people who passed through here shaped conflicts at home and abroad. Through these books we’ll delve into how individuals and communities have grappled with war; how war has propelled social and economic change; and how war has both challenged and confirmed ideas about what it means to be an American. 
This event is free but due to space constraints registration is required. Please complete the registration process below. Please note that registering does not guarantee admission. Registered guests will be offered priority admission that will be honored until 15 minutes before the start of the event.Read more about our event registration policy >>


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