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Internment Camp Author to Speak Wednesday
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, author of the memoir “Farewell to Manzanar,” will talk about the book and her experiences as an internee during World War II at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, at the Chula Vista Civic Center library, 365 F Street.

Houston was 7 years old when she and her family were sent to a Japanese internment camp in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. In 1973, she and her late husband, novelist James D. Houston, co-wrote “Farewell to Manzanar,” a first-person account of that time.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Friends of the Chula Vista Library in conjunction with a yearlong exhibit on the Japanese community at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum. Titled “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land,” the exhibition depicts the arrival of Japanese workers in 1905, the “celery wars” of the 1920s and 1930s, and the community’s World War II internment and post-war resettlement. Also featured is a full-scale replica of a room in the Poston, Arizona, barracks where about 450 Chula Vista residents were interned during the war.

The Chula Vista Heritage Museum is located at 360 Third Avenue in downtown Chula Vista. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The exhibit and lecture are partially funded by a grant from California Reads. California Reads programs are made possible with support from Cal Humanities in partnership with California Center for the Book.

Posted: October 8, 2012

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