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Monday, February 9

Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey discusses and signs Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


Lily Nakai and her family lived in southern California, where sometimes she and a friend dreamt of climbing the Hollywood sign. At age ten, after believing that her family was simply going on a "camping trip," she found herself living in a tar-papered barrack, nightly gazing out at a searchlight. She wondered if anything would ever be normal again. In this creative memoir, Lily Havey combines storytelling, watercolor, and personal photographs to recount her youth in two Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Vintage photographs reveal the historical, cultural, and familial contexts of the Nakais' dislocation. The paintings paired with her animated writing pull us into a turbulent era when America disgracefully incarcerated, without due process, thousands of American citizens because of their 

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