Screen Asia: A Flicker in Eternity, a film by Sharon Yamato and Ann Kaneko
Join us for an afternoon to commemorate and contemplate the contributions of Japanese-American soldiers during World War II. The afternoon begins with a screening of A Flicker in Eternity by Ann Kaneko and Sharon Yamato. The film depicts the coming-of-age tale of Stanley Hayami, a talented young teenager caught between his dream of becoming a writer/artist and his duty to his country. Based on Hayami’s own journal entries, this documentary is the firsthand account of a 15-year-old thrust into the turmoil of World War II and is a poignant reminder of the indignity of incarceration and the tragedy of war. Through Stanley’s endearing cartoons and witty observations, this film chronicles his life behind barbed wire and as a soldier in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Following the film, noted scholar Lane Ryo Hirabayashi will respond to the film, then address both the history of internment camps in Texas and how the relationship between incarceration and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team changed throughout the war.
This event is presented in conjunction with American Heroes: Japanese American World War II Nisei Soldiers and The Congressional Gold Medal on view December 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014 at Holocaust Museum Houston, located two blocks south of Asia Society Texas Center. National Veterans Network has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program to share this extraordinary story during an exclusive seven-city tour, ending at Holocaust Museum Houston.
Film Screening: 2:00 pm
Lecture and discussion: 2:30 pm
Registered ticket holders, please enjoy free admission to the Sarofim Gallery now showing Weavers' Stories From Island Southeast Asia, today during regular gallery hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Video: Official Trailer
About Lane Ryo Hirabayashi
Dr. Hirabayashi is the George and Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community at the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He teaches courses on the Japanese American experience, Asian American history through the medium of documentaries, and contemporary issues in the Asian American community, among other classes and seminars.
In conjunction with the 2013 – 2014 Smithsonian Congressional Gold Medal Tour. Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.