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World War II’s Impact on Japanese-American Children

Sept. 20, 2012

Grave of the Fireflies film poster


Cal State Fullerton’s Modern Languages and Literatures Department presents a screening of the animated antiwar film “Grave of the Fireflies” and a panel discussion about Japanese-American children who were affected by World War II. The panelists include Japanese-Americans who lived in internment camps as youths.


Thursday, Sept. 27
4-5:30 p.m. screening
5:30-6:45 p.m. panel discussion


Room 123 of the Humanities-Social Sciences Building
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

About the Film:

The 1988 “Grave of the Fireflies,” directed by Isao Takahata, tells the tragic story of a boy and his sister who struggled to survive in Japan during World War II.

About the Speakers:

  • June Honma, who was a 5-year-old living in Hawaii when she was deemed a “spy” and sent to an internment camp during WWII, will share her memories, which closely resemble a main character in the film. Her father, the late George Hoshida, was interned from 1942-45 when he documented his experience through his artwork.
  • Yoko Osumi, who was born in Los Angeles and as a young child was in Kansai (the area of the bombings shown in “Grave of the Fireflies”), will speak of her experiences.
  • Elsa Okuda, a native Californian, was 11 when she was relocated to an internment camp. She will discuss her experiences.


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details available online.

Media Contacts:

Reyes Fidalgo von Schmidt, Modern Languages and Literatures, 657-278 4563
Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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