Topaz examines the experiences of a Japanese American family separated and incarcerated in World War II prison camps and considers how this incarceration affected the family. Moreover, this collection delves into the lasting impact of this imprisonment on future generations.
Reading - Brian Komei Dempster
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:00pm
Join Green Apple Books as we welcome local author and poet Brian Komei Dempster on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 pm in our Granny Smith Room as he reads and discusses his new book Topaz. Along with Dempster, several former camp prisoners and second-generation Nisei writers--Florence Ohmura Dobashi and Michi Tashiro--will present their first-person stories from Dempster's edited anthologies: From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001) and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011).
Topaz, Brian Komei Dempster's debut poetry collection, examines the experiences of a Japanese American family separated and incarcerated in American World War II prison camps. This volume delves into the lasting intergenerational impact of imprisonment and breaks a cultural legacy of silence. Through the fractured lenses of past and present, personal and collective, the speaker seeks to piece together the facets of his own identity and to shed light on a buried history. Dempster's edited anthologies--From Our Side of the Fence and Making Home from War--gather first-person memoirs of Japanese American wartime incarceration and post-war resettlement.
Brian Komei Dempster is a professor of Rhetoric and Language and faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as the Director of Administration of the Master of Arts Program in Asia Pacific Studies.
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Published: Four Way Books - October 2013
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Published: Heyday Books - February 2011