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Internment Diaries Subject of Lecture


Internment Camp Diaries Subject of UCR Library Series’ First Event of 2003

Music Professor Deborah Wong and Riverside Native George Fujimoto
Discuss Their Collaboration for Upcoming Book on his Family’s WWII Detention

(January 7, 2003)

Opening entry of George Fujimoto's WWII-era diary

Opening entry of George Fujimoto's WWII-era diary

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Jan 7, 2002 — Associate Professor of Music, Deborah Wong and Riverside native George Fujimoto will speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday Jan. 15 about their collaboration, which has resulted in a book manuscript cataloging his family’s forced internment during World War II, and Fujimoto’s experiences as a member of U.S. military intelligence in occupied Japan.

The talk will take place at Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library as part of the “Meet the Author” lecture series. The event is free and open to the public.

The book project, titled “From Riverside to Poston: The Fujimoto Diaries,” was sparked by Wong’s discovery of George Fujimoto’s wartime diaries in the Special Collections section of the UC Riverside library.

The seven-volume diary is a rich chronicle of the life of Fujimoto’s Japanese-American family in pre-war Riverside. It paints a painful picture of how the Japanese Imperial Navy’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941 transformed an entire group of Americans into national security risks. That perception led to the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans.

The book, contains selected and annotated selections from the diaries, along with interviews of Fujimoto and his family photographs. Wong received a $14,000 grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program in 2001. She has completed the manuscript and is currently looking for a publisher.

Contact Special Collections at (909) 787-3233 for more details about this and other events in the “Meet the Author” series.

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