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The Human Face of Internment: Author Julie Otsuka discusses When the Emperor Was Divine
February 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm| Free
The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and book signing with award-winning author Julie Otsuka, as part of their series “The Human Face of Internment: The Roosevelts and the Wartime Incarceration of Japanese Americans. Otsuka will discuss her book “When the Emperor Was Divine” which features the internment of a Japanese-American family during World War II, as a result of FDR’s Executive Order 9066. The book is based on the author’s own family history: her grandfather was arrested by the FBI as a suspected spy for Japan the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, and her mother, uncle, and grandmother spent three years in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk. This event is offered in partnership with the Poughkeepsie Public Library and is held in conjunction with a new special exhibit at FDR Library & Museum “Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II.” This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.