Memories from an Internment Camp: Paul Chihara, the Japanese American Internment, and his Music

The Asian Studies Program and the Hofstra Cultural Center present Paul Chihara, a renowned Japanese American composer, who will share his childhood memories from an internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho, and his journey to pursue his career in music. Born and raised in Seattle, Professor Chihara was one of those 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forcibly relocated into internment camps in desolate, desert areas inland during World War II. His talk is accompanied by music pieces he composed, remembering his years in the camp. Music, along with other activities, such as sports, or art and craft-making, was an important part of camp life and a source of inspiration for people who endured their long, unjust incarceration.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Music.

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time:  4:20-5:45 p.m.
Location: Virtual Event. Advance registration is required. Registrants will receive an email with the link to join the event. 

Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.  

For more information, please email the Hofstra Cultural Center at or call 516-463-5669.


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In case you missed the live event, please see recording:

Memories from an Internment Camp: Paul Chihara, the Japanese American Internment, and his Music

Tuesday, February 23, 2021



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