Welcome to the 2021 Get Lit! Virtual Festival
Sunday, April 18 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Displacement and the Japanese American Experience

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This event, generously sponsored by the Spokane Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, will explore Japanese American experiences, focusing on World War II internment camps and the damaging racial politics that allowed them to become a forgotten landmark of American history. Writer and professor John Streamas will open the event by sharing some of his poetry, and Kiku Hughes will read from her historical graphic novel Displacement, a riveting and bittersweet story of a teenager pulled back in time to witness her grandmother’s experience in internment camps during World War II. Following the readings, Streamas will lead Hughes in a discussion about her work and the importance of sharing historical narratives that still carry a timely weight.

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Kiku Hughes

Kiku Hughes is a cartoonist and illustrator based in the Seattle area. Her work has been featured in Beyond Anthology volumes 1 and 2, Short Box #6 and Team Avatar Tales. Her first graphic novel, Displacement, was published by First Second in 2020.
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John Streamas

John Streamas is an Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies and American Studies at Washington State University who specializes in the narrative and racial politics of time and space, and the Japanese American experience during World War II. He has been published in Time’s... Read More →

Sunday April 18, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT