ICJS Event: Documentary "From A Silk Cocoon"

Tuesday, May 22, 2007
12:00 p.m. - 13:30p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus
Azabu Hall Room 212 (Access)
Open to general public.
Registration closed

In a Treasure Box of memories created to teach her Children (which included the Director), an Issei Japanese American woman collected the letters and Haiku between her and her husband, interned in separate camps, which describe the struggles of the young family, isolated and trapped between the imperial policies of Japan and the racism and war hysteria of the United States during WWII, and faced with a momentous choice: should their children be raised American or Japanese?

A cautionary film, illustrating the essential similarities between the US treatment of Japanese Americans who were interned post-Pearl Harbor, and the treatment of Muslims post-911: "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it". Interestingly, at about the same time that this documentary won an Emmy Award when shown on PBS, Pres. Bush signed a law that gave $38 million in a political gesture to preserve what remains of the Japanese American Internment camps, which have been long forgotten, except in moving family memories, such as the documentary "From a Silk Cocoon". Could it be that, with the unpopularity of the "War on Terror", Pres. Bush paid 'guilt money' to attempt to show that he had not fallen into the trap of repeating the mistakes of this history?

Recently, Female Directors, many of whom were former Internees, have found a vigorous voice in criticizing the Japanese American Internment and have been much more critical than their Male counterparts about the violations of their Civil Rights by the US Government, since women (and children) had no option to leave the camps and demonstrate their loyalty to the US by fighting in one of the famed Japanese American military units, such as the "442d Regiment". In effect, women and children were held as hostages by the US Government during WWII. Thus, "From a Silk Cocoon" was screened at the Aichi Women's Film Festival, and could be interpreted as a much-needed case of Feminist Historical Revisionism, which has accurately reflected the current World outrage towards the domestic means used by the US to conduct the War on Terror.

About Dr. Satsuki Ina

As a Psychologist, Dr. Ina has had the unique experience of counseling Japanese Americans traumatized by the Internment. She is the director of "From A Silk Cocoon" and will attend in person to present her film.