Week 1: Days of Infamy

When the Emperor was Devine

February 20, 2021

Film Screening: Rabbit in the Moon
Join us at 6:00 PM for the film and post-film discussion with Director Emiko Omori, writer and activist Chizu Omori and JACL Director David Inoue.
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Description: Rabbit in the Moon uncovers a buried history of political tensions, social and generational divisions, and resistance and collaboration in the Japanese American Internment camps. With fascinating archival and recently recovered home movies, Filmmaker Emiko Omori and her older sister, who were children when they went to the camps, also confront their own family secrets. Panel discussion following the film is moderated by national JACL director David Inoue.
Click here for the trailer. An earlier version of Rabbit in the Moon is available for advance viewing through Kanopy with your library card.

February 22, 2021

NMJACL Players Presents... Selections and context from When the Emperor Was Divine at 11:00 AM.

History in Context: Japanese Americans in the Mesilla Valley
Presented by local historian, Christopher Schurtz at 6:30 PM.
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Description: Several farming families of Japanese descent made their homes in the Mesilla Valley in the first part of the 20th century, despite strong, anti-Japanese resistance from mostly Anglo farmers and local farming institutions. Though experiences varied, these families ultimately gained acceptance and greatly contributed to the community for decades to come.

February 23, 2021

NMJACL Players Present... Selections and context from When the Emperor Was Divine at 11:00 AM.

Branigan Book Club: When the Emperor Was Divine at 2:00 PM.
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February 24, 2021

Munson Book Club:  When the Emperor Was Divine at  1:30 PM
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February 25, 2021

Readers of the Purple Sage Book Club:  When the Emperor Was Divine at  12:30 PM
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February 26, 2021

History in Context: Las Cruces at War presented by local historian Christopher Schurtz at 11:00 AM.
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Description: Thousands of Las Crucens of all genders and ethnicities served in World War II. This lecture will focus on how Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley experienced WWII – both at home and at war – with a particular attention to the various connections New Mexico had with the war in the Pacific.

A Conversation With Children's Author Cynthia Grady at 2:00 PM.
Cynthia Grady reads from and discusses her award-winning book Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind.  Click here to check it out in our Library catalog.

Teen Book Club: Displacement by Kiku Hughes at 4:00 PM.
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