Social Justice: Personal Views Through Images and Words

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Social Justice: Personal Views Through Images and Words
Artwork by Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey
Reception & Reading: Wed, Jun 4, 7pm

Havey’s vivid and poignant watercolors depict decades-old memories and dreams from her time spent in the Granada War Relocation Center (Amache Internment Camp) in Colorado, where she was interned in 1942. Her paintings reflect moments in daily internment camp life, illuminated by the her adult perspective—they draw readers into a turbulent era when the United States incarcerated thousands of American citizens because of their race and without due process. The June 4 reception will feature Lily Havey reading from her memoir, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence, released in May 2014 by the University of Utah Press.

Lily Havey was born in Los Angeles. In 1942, along with 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, she was incarcerated in a Japanese American internment camp. After World War II, her family moved to Salt Lake City. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, pursued an MFA at the University of Utah, and taught high school for thirteen years before establishing a stained-glass business.

This exhibit and the corresponding Justice-Memory-Activism workshop for high school students, happening June 9–13, are sponsored by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art, The City Library, the Salt Lake City School District, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) program.

Location: Main Library, Lower Urban Room

Contact Information: 801-524-8200