Peacemaking symposium to be held at UH Mānoa on November 21

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Michiko Kodama-Nishimoto, (808) 956-6165
Research Associate, Center for Oral History, Social Science Research Institute
Scott T. Nishimoto, (808) 783-6641JD Candidate, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Nov 3, 2010

"Words of War, Lessons of Peace:  A Multigenerational Symposium for Peacemaking" features the personal experiences and recollections of civilians impacted by World War II.  The symposium will be held on Sunday, November 21, from 1-3 p.m. at UH Mānoa's Architecture Auditorium.
 
Izumi Hirano, a Hawaiʻi-born Nisei who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will speak about his wartime and postwar experiences, and Helene Minehira, whose family was evicted from their home near Pearl Harbor solely on the basis of race, will speak about her wartime fears and the disruption of family life.
 
The oral history narrative of Alfred Preis, a German national incarcerated as an enemy alien at Sand Island Detention Camp, and the oral history narrative of Gussie Ornellas, a Kalihi Valley resident who lost two daughters to American anti-aircraft fire on December 7, 1941, will be read.  The slam poetry of Darron Cambra and the winning entries of elementary, middle, and high school students who submitted their work to the Write for Peace Contest, will also be featured. 
 
Organized by William S. Richardson School of Law JD candidate Scott T. Nishimoto,  the event is free and open to the public.  On-campus parking is free.  
 
The symposium is co-sponsored by UH Mānoa's William S. Richardson School of Law, Center for Oral History, Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution, Ethnic Studies Department, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi, and Soto Mission of Hawaiʻi.