LAWSON FUSAO INADA (1938—)

Oregon Poet Laureate; won American Book Award for Legends From Camp; interned during World War II; senior editor of major anthology of internment camp literature, only what we could carry; editor of The Big Aiiieeeee!, anthology of Chinese American and Japanese American Literature.

Lawson Fusao Inada - "What it Means to be Free"

An Informative Video About Poetry & Japanese American Internment.

American Book Award winning poet Lawson Inada reads ten poems from his books Legends from Camp and drawing the line. An internee in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, Inada discusses his experiences and his poems about growing up in the camps. Shot in California—Fresno, Lava Beds National Monument, in the ruins of Tule Lake Relocation Center—and in Ashland and Portland, Oregon, the video also contains historical footage and photographs from Inada family albums, the National Archives, and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. View Lawson Inada's photo gallery.

Viewers will engage with poetry as a way of presenting a life influenced by early events, and feel the exhilaration and value of freedom.  Viewer's guide included.

Excerpts:

From the "Denver Union Station"



From "At the Stronghold"


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From the "Denver Union Station"



From "At the Stronghold"


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Produced by Michael Markee and Vincent Wixon, creators of award-winning videos on William Stafford. Original music by Todd Barton, Resident Composer and Music Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

These items are also included with your purchase:

What It Means To Be Free - DVD $10