Film Screening & Discussion: 80 Years Later
September 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$15
The feature documentary 80 YEARS LATER explores the racial inheritance of Japanese American family incarceration during World War II through multigenerational conversations with survivors and their descendants.
In the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that imprisoned 120,000 Japanese Americans in World War II, families still grapple with the legacy of their experience. How does one inherit traumatic history across generations?
Our community screening in Chicago is especially meaningful as many incarcerated Japanese Americans relocated and rebuilt their lives in Chicago following their incarceration. The screening will be 50 min long and will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew from the film.
The Q&A will be moderated by Karen Su, Global Asian Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago. Professor Su started teaching Introduction to Asian American Studies in 2006, before the Asian American Studies program was formally established. She serves as the Principal Investigator and Project Director of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative.
In her creative work, Prof. Su focuses on children’s picture books featuring Asian American life stories. She was chosen to participate in a mentorship program with Maya Gonzalez at Reflection Press in 2017 and was a We Need Diverse Books mentee in 2018. One of her current works-in-progress focuses on the story of Yuki Llewellyn who was incarcerated as a child at Manzanar during WWII.
The filmmaker Celine Parreñas Shimizu considers it incredibly important that this community impact screening amplifies existing work that supports formerly incarcerated Japanese Americans and their descendants. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Japanese American Service Committee (JASC). JASC engages people of all ages to experience Japanese American history and culture and to improve their well-being through innovative, high quality programs and services tailored to the multicultural community.
This is a masked event. Masks are required indoors to keep our community safe.