The Friends of Mukai encourages attendance at the Voice of Vashon’s new documentary series “The Japanese American Presence on Vashon – Part 1”. It will be shown at Vashon Theatre on Tuesday, November 20th at 6:00pm.
The show traces the evolution of Japanese Americans on the island from early farm laborers in 1900, through their integration into the larger Vashon society, and concludes with the shameful 1942 exclusion, known euphemistically as “The Evacuation”, when 115 Japanese Americans (tow-thirds of them American citizens) living on Vashon were forced off the island by gun toting Army troops. The show utilizes historical footage and records, video interviews, audio recordings, and touching essays on what it was like to be a Japanese American on Vashon Island from 1900 to 1942.
Trailer available at: http://www.voiceofvashon.org/user-content/vashon-then-now-the-japanese-american-presence-on-vashon-part-1
The show runs approximately 40 minutes. Free screening.