Diana Morita Cole: Reading + Documentary
Diana Morita Cole was labelled an "Enemy Alien" by the US government when she was just a child. Born a prisoner of the Minidoka Concentration Camp in Idaho, her book Sideways: Memoir of a Misfit presents her struggle to overcome stigma and understand her personal identity as an American Nikkei (Japanese immigrant[s] and their descendents). The first chapter of Sideways was shortlisted in the Open-Season Competition of The Malahat Review creative non-fiction category for 2013, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize Anthology for 2015.
Along with her book, Diana will be screening an 8-minute clip of the documentary Hidden Internment, a film that exposes the kidnapping, smuggling, and imprisonment of Japanese Latin Americans during WWII. Art Shibayama tells his story in the documentary, describing his illegal incarceration and a three-decades-long fight for reparations, justice, and closure.
This event promises to be a thoughtful discussion on the intersection of personal identity, race, immigration, and self-reflection. We hope you can make it!