5th graders from Daruma no Gakko summer school for Japanese culture viewed "Hidden Legacy" as part of their class. Shirley Muramoto gave a little talk and koto demonstration, and students also got a chance to play some koto. Shirley showed how sound is produced from a string by putting rubber bands around a cover, and putting glue sticks under the rubber bands as tuning bridges... ... See MoreSee Less
G Yamazawa expressing how he feels disconnected to his father and his cultural heritage in this moving poem. After the camps, Sansei's felt a hole in their souls as Japanese language and cultural arts were cut out of their lives in place of American culture and English. The message still resonates in former incarcerated Japanese Americans that we were still not considered American unless we fully assimilated. This is why Taiko drumming gained popularity in the 60s, why Odori dance and Japanese music saw a resurgence among Sansei at that time. Sansei's felt the disconnect, and apparently, young people like G Yamazawa still feel it. Arts and culture are what make us whole, gives us soul, just as important as air and water to a person. ... See MoreSee Less
"My father's accent is a hole in a Japanese internment camp fence. It's an escape route to his culture." #word
Video by Slamfind feat. G Yamazawa
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