Book Launch: ‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution’

Eastwind Books of Berkeley and
Oakland Asian Cultural Center welcome

Helen Zia  

‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution’ Book Launch

Sunday, JANUARY 27, 2019  4:30pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street Suite 290 Oakland, CA 94607

LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI is based on the dramatic, real-life stories of a generation caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolution—a heartrending precursor to the struggles faced by migrants today.

Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the U.S.

Helen Zia is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. Zia is the co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of My Country Versus Me: The First-Hand Account by the Los Alamos Scientist Who Was Falsely Accused of Being a Spy. She is also a former executive editor of Ms. magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the City University of New York School of Law and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Opening Reception of “442” Exhibition

Original Art from the Graphic Novel:
Japanese Americans from Incarceration to the Battlefields of Europe
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, February 9, 2019 – Friday, March 1, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This exhibition features the original illustrations from the graphic novel, “442”, which follows a young Japanese American, from in the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, to the front lines of World War II.

OACC Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Join OACC for a free Lunar New Year Celebration to welcome the Year of the Boar! Featuring lion dance by Toi Shan Family Assoc, Ger YouthCenter Mongolian folk dance, Trace Repeat (soul & funk band), Patty Chu’s Chinese folk dance, China’s Spirit Music Ensemble (guzheng), Emeryville Taiko drumming, Burmese dance and music by Tay Than Hlaing Entertainment, poetry by OACC Artist-in-Residence Bonnie Kwong, Maya at Cal (Classical Indian fusion), tai chi demo, and more.

Workshops in qi gong (presented by US Meimen Culture Foundation) and Tui Na, an ancient Chinese therapeutic massage (presented by Wudang West Cultural Heritage Center).

Create arts and crafts to take home (paper lanterns & dragon puppets, good luck banner), and play games from Asia (Ddakji tournament, tangrams, more TBA).

Especially for young kids: Storytime and book give-away (first 75 to participate in story time will receive a new book–select 1 from nearly 30 titles of children’s books about Lunar New Year or Asian culture, presented in partnership with Eastwind Books of Berkeley with support from the Oakland Literacy Coalition). Plus music and shadow puppet making and show with Kids Go Mandarin music class. More info.

Near 12th St. BART and attached garage.

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Gung hay fat choy! Gong xi fa cai!

February 10, 2019 11 AM – 3 PM

The Family Reading Celebration is a special feature for kids during OACC’s Annual Lunar New Year CelebrationJoin us for storytime with Suzanne Lo and Sine Hwang Jensen (librarian at UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library), “Go! Mandarin” music, shadow-puppet making and show, and free books for participating children (quantity limited, select from nearly 30 titles about Asian culture or Lunar New Year curated by Eastwind Books of Berkeley, which will have books for all ages available for sale as well).

“Hidden Legacy” with Shirley Muramoto

Film and Concert
$10-25 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Commemorate Day of Remembrance. View excerpts of Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps.  Shirley Muramato, an accomplished koto master and the film’s creative director will perform with Brian Wong (koto) and dancer Bando Hiroshichiro (aka Nakamura Gankyo–the first Kabuki actor from outside of Japan to be accepted into the Kabuki world.  We are very honored that he will join us for this event!)  Q&A and discussion to follow.

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Resistance at Tule Lake

Film Showing
Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Resistance at Tule Lake” tells the long-suppressed story of incarcerated Japanese Americans who defied the government by refusing to swear unconditional loyalty to the U.S. Thought this was an act of protest and family survival, they were branded as “disloyals” by the government and packed into the newly designated Tule Lake Segregation Center.

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