Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Never Again II

After the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the incarceration of over 100,000 persons of Japanese heritage. Most of them were American citizens. In February of 1942, Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 (the image above), an order that gave military commanders free rein to set apart areas as military zones, to exclude "any and all persons". These zones were mainly on the West Coast, in California, parts of Oregon,Washington and Arizona. The U.S. government focused mainly on those of Japanese heritage as "any and all persons", removed them from their homes and livelihoods and sent them to various internment camps or centers around the country. The internment lasted from 1942 until 1946.

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Beginning in 2005, TVCC's Oral History Project, under the direction of Gerry Hampshire, sought to record the events that violated the civil rights of those who lived through the internment.

  (Photo taken by Dorothea Lange. Source: Wikipedia)

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Our library has the collection of interviews of Japanese-Americans, conducted by the Project, it includes the recollections of a number of Treasure Valley residents who were deprived of their equal standing as American citizens as well as their civil rights. These citizens' lives were affected not only by the attack on Pearl Harbor, but also the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

As you see the images of the aftermath in Hiroshima during the exhibit that continues at the Performing Arts Center through May 13th, we invite you to watch and listen to the experiences of Japanese-American citizens who lived through the Internment.

In recent years, when events have prompted suggestions of interning other citizens, such as Arab-Americans, some of the Japanese-Americans who endured in the camps, are the first to come out and speak up and say "Never again!" Their voices continue to be needed and valued as we continue to live in a turbulent world.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Never again

When wars and events of immense horror take place, many of us say "Never again". But then, violence and wars continue, and I cannot help but think of a Twin Peaks episode where the Giant appears to someone at a roadhouse to tell him "It is happening again." How does what a character says in a television show, connect to the wider world? What the Giant was saying related to violence, and it can be extrapolated to the world in which we live.

TVCC is honored to host the special museum exhibit Educating for Peace: Never Again - Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which comes from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan, through the Wholistic Peace Institute's Educating for Peace program. There is much to see and learn from the images displayed, not just of destruction, but also of peace, as well as from listening to a survivor as witness to the horror and the effects of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Ed Kawasaki will be speaking at the McLean-Meyer Theater, as mentioned in our previous blog entry, on Wednesday May 4th at 6 p.m. as well as Thursday May 5th at 9:30 a.m. Both the exhibit and the talk are open and free to the community.

When you have been to both events and would like to learn more, we invite you, also, to visit the library and see what we have in terms of books and videos, such as:

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   Listening to stories that become history, or reading about them is how we can say "Never again", and keep learning more about peace.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Remembering the past

In History classes, in films, in articles and news websites, we continually are exposed to stories.  These stories become familiar and are subsequently tucked away into our subconscious as part of the collective history of our nation or culture.  This is common.  And yet, there is so much more that history can teach us.  The past is rarely common or mundane.  Rather, it is a living example of the consequences of humanity's choices.  To see the extent of our actions, to see the breadth of those consequences, to stop for a moment and find the individual stories within events, that is the power of remembering history.  Suddenly, those moments in time become real,  moving from the background or wallpaper of our minds to viable moments that we can learn something from.
In light of the recent 70th Anniversary of the dropping of the Atom Bomb on Hiroshima and the present period of violence this nation is currently a part of, the TVCC Library and Social Sciences Department are honored to bring you an amazing opportunity to connect with history and learn about peace.
Beginning May 2nd, TVCC will host a special museum exhibit for two weeks.  This exhibit, "Educating for Peace: Never Again", comes from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan through the Wholistic Peace Institute's Educating for Peace program.  The exhibit will feature a remarkable images of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, images for peace, current information on nuclear weapons, as well as streaming films and more.  The community is invited to come view the exhibit at any time during this two week period.
In addition to the exhibit, we are hosting a memorable and moving guest presentation featuring speaker Ed Kawasaki, a survivor of the atom bombing of Hiroshima.  Mr. Kawasaki will be speaking in the Meyer-McLean Theater on Wednesday, May 4th at 6 p.m. as well as on Thursday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m.

All of this program is free and open to the public.  If you have any questions about this event or would like to bring students through the exhibit, please contact us at 541-881-5929 or library@tvcc.cc

Friday, February 19, 2016

Jazz in paint

It is February, and one of the things that this month is known for is Black History Month. Last year I wrote a bit about why we celebrate Black History Month. One of the ways to observe or celebrate, is to honor the achievements of artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers. Our library has a number of books and DVD’s that focus on events in history. We have fiction from great writers such as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Richard Wright and James Baldwin, among others. Jazz from Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
Speaking of Miles Davis, did you know that he was an artist as well? Come check out his work in the book, Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork. It is a fascinating look at his oeuvre, and style that very much like his music, did not follow contemporary trends.

Here is an excerpt from a conversation between James Baldwin and Margaret Mead that took place in 1970. The topics covered included guilt and responsibility, identity and the immigrant experience. In this excerpt that deals with responsibility, Baldwin and Mead discuss how important the past is in shaping responsibility.

                        BALDWIN: A man’s life doesn’t encompass even half a
                        thousand years. And whether or not I like it, I am
                        responsible for something which is happening now and
                        fight as hard as I can for the life of everybody on this
                        planet now.
                        MEAD: The more one wants to be an activist the narrower the time is.
                        BALDWIN: Precisely! Precisely!
                        MEAD: What the kids say … if you cut out all the past —
                        BALDWIN: You can’t.
They are acting in the past. They don’t know it. It takes a long time to realize that there is a past… It takes a long time to understand anything at all about what we call the past — and begin to be liberated from it. Those kids are romantic, not even revolutionaries. At least not yet. They don’t know what revolution entails. They think everything is happening in the present. They think they are the present. They think that nothing ever happened before in the whole history of the world.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Books, Kids, Holidays

It's that time of year again, where we all start to feel the crunch of the holiday season with all of its to-dos and busyness.  In the midst of this, there are moments where we often find ourselves pausing to think... about our own lives, about what we have and are thankful for, about those moments and memories of this time of year that are special and cherished, and the people who once were and those who will continue to be a part of those memories. Beyond everything else about the season, this pause is the priceless part. It's the part that has good people around the world reaching out to share some of that with someone else. We buy gifts, meals, do small acts of kindness, and reach out to others.
The TVCC Library has a way to help you share in this season of thankfulness, giving, and sharing. For the past few years, the College's student organization has led a book drive to give books to children in our community. With the help of teachers at local schools, kids in need of a book who might not have the opportunity to read at home were identified and members of our campus community bought them a book for Christmas. In 2014, the Library took over this program. We branched out to the community as well as the number of students we were reaching and were able to put almost 200 books into the hands of kids to brighten their Christmas.

This year, we are going to do so much more. TVCC, the Library, and all of those on our campus are but one part of this community. So this year, the Library is reaching out to the whole community for help and participation in this event.  We want you all to help give the gift of reading this holiday season.

What buying a child a book does?  What is this gift of reading that we are talking about?  Why books?  Besides the fact that the TVCC Library is sponsoring this program, and we naturally believe in reading, here’s what buying a book does.  It gives a child the gift of imagination, joy, inspiration, creativity, knowledge, laughter, hope, and excitement.  A book can do all of that.  A book also keeps alive the spark inside a child that wants to learn, to explore, to find out more about life and the world around them.  We all believe in the power of education and books are a vital part of that.  Yes, reading does all of this.  And a book from a stranger to a child shows them that someone in their community believes in them, even just a little. 
Have we convinced you yet to be a part of the Library’s Book Tree drive?  Here’s how to help.  Through some excellent community partners, we have been able to place trees around Ontario where you can find a tag that has a child and their reading wishes on it.  Choose a tag, buy a book.  It’s that simple.  Return the book and tag to any of the locations and we will make sure it is wrapped and placed in the hands of that child.  You can find tags and return your books to the following locations:  TVCC Library, TVCC Science Center, TVCC Barber Hall, Ontario Community Library, Andrew’s Seed Co., Jolts & Juice Coffee Co., World Fitness Gym, Sorbenots Coffeehouse.  This is a small and easy way that all of our community can come together and make a big impact on the children here.
Want to help but aren’t really up for book shopping?  Are you a business owner or community member that wants to help in a bigger way?  We can do that too.  You can send donations to the TVCC Library and we will put our thrifty book buying powers to work to make the most of every dollar you give. 
This year, we are planning on putting nearly a thousand books into the hands of children who need them.  As one part of this community, the college library cannot do this.  As a whole community, we most certainly can. 
The Book Drive starts Wednesday, November 25, 2015.  All books need to be turned in by Monday, December 14th.