NOVEMBER 18, 2016
College Center (Bldg. 10) Room 193
College of San Mateo
1700 W. Hillsdale Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Free Event (Public) – $2 visitor parking
Questions? Contact: KomoEvents@gmail.com
6:30 – 8:00 PM Program
8:00 – 9:00 PM Reception with light refreshments
BEING BLACKANESE AND THE EVOLVING EMBRACE OF SELF AND COMMUNITY brings together an award winning literary artist, a scholar activist, and an independently published author in an examination and affirmation of Black Japanese American life. The “Blackanese” experience – of a world where divisiveness remains common and cultural ambiguity can equate to invisibility within one’s own communities – will be exposed through readings, presentations and Q&A.
FEATURING READINGS BY:
ALYSS DIXSON will read from “The Club”, her short fiction piece about Ai, a determined Black Japanese girl who decides to sneak a ride on her father’s old Harley until an encounter with a thief puts her between fear of the stranger and fear of her dad’s punishment.
FREDRICK CLOYD will read selections from his memoir, Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific, covering his struggles as a half-Black Japanese boy born of an African American military father and that of his mother who was looked down upon for having a child by an American, as well as his life as an Amerasian after migrating to the United States.
RAMON CALHOUN will read excerpts from his self-published novel, Blackanese Boy, the coming of age story of Rafael Halifax. Raised by a single mother, Rafael tries to cope with and understand the complexity of his mixed-identity, born of his Japanese American mother and Black father, an infrequent yet powerful presence in his life.
The readings will be followed by a Question & Answer session facilitated by DR. FREDERICK GAINES, Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies, College of San Mateo
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