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11 October 2004 @ 11:26 am
Back at Kinkos...  
...with another trip update. Mark went home this morning. :( I never realized how lonely traveling by yourself can be until he left our hotel this morning and I had the spend the next two hours puttering around the room, waiting for shops (and Kinkos) to open. This is my one free day in Burbank, tomorrow I get to drive out to Palm Springs for my conference so I probably won't feel as alone after today.

Little Tokyo & The Japanese American National Museum

Saturday was spent in Little Tokyo. Mark & I walked around the Japanese American National Museum and looked at the HUGE exhibit of the internment camps during WWII. I'd always been interested in Japanese-American history and have done tons of research on the internment camps for school, so walking through the exhibit was an amazing experience for me.

As we looked at the various anti-Japanese propaganda items in the showcase (there was actually a "Life" magazine article that taught people how to distinguish a Chinese person from an "enemy Jap") :P, I knew they were there to be shocking, but oddly enough, another feeling overcame me as I looked at them. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I shouldn't be too shocked by all of this. I told Mark that you can put things like that behind glass in a museum and people will point and gasp at how awful it is, but in essence, very similar things go on today (to other minority groups) and though it may not be as overt, it's still all about narrow-mindedness and hate. :P

Mark & I spent the entire morning in the museum and it was definitely eye-opening for the both of us. It's been a while since I've been passionate about my culture and sometimes I think I need to be reminded what a history I've come from. Possibly the most meaningful for us was the portion of the exhibit dedicated to the plantation workers who came from Japan (since both sets of our grandparents came in to Hawaii as plantation workers.)

Afterward, Mark & I ate some wonderful Shabu Shabu at a little place on First Street, had some mochi ice cream, and then went to see "Mixed Messages" at East West Players. The show was pretty thought-provoking and again brought to mind a lot of issues of ethnicity. It wasn't one of the best shows I saw all weekend, but I think it was an important one to see.

I have many more exciting theatre news to write about, but I don't have the time or the money (this internet connection is .20 a minute!) So I'll have to write about Kevin, "Ten Commandments", Julie Jackson and her incredible performance, and Nick (who I adore even more after this weekend) a little later. I'm sorry I haven't been commenting as much as I would have liked on all of your journals, but I've read through all of your entries and I miss catching up with everyone on a daily basis. :(

Hope you all have a nice day off.
Current Mood: rushedrushed
ex_angeldove677 on October 11th, 2004 11:45 am (UTC)
20 cents a minute is ridiculous!

I remember when I used to do the bulletin for the church and I didn't have a printer and so I'd go to Kinko's to print. Gosh, when that clock is ticking and so as my money...anyway, glad I don't do the bulletin anymore. Hope you have a great day in your trip.
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on October 12th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
It is pretty ridiculous! :P I always feel so pressured when I come here to know exactly what I want to look for - and I ALWAYS forget to do something because I'm rushing so much. :P Blech! :P
kenna_clairkenna_clair on October 11th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
Saying goodbye to your loved one always sucks. :(

That Life article about telling difference between Chinese vs. "Enemy Jap"...I know this is kind of a stretch but in some ways don't well meaning people do this even now when they come up with their own theories as to how they can tell if an Asian is Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, etc.? Like it's some well kept Asian secret. I know several people who have come up to me proud of their little theories on how to tell one group apart from another - or they ask me how I can tell (because being Asian, I would be able to tell). I know they mean well but it irks me.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 12th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
It does. :( I can't believe that I'll be here for another week! :P Right now I feel like I just want to go home. :(

That would irk me too. :P I think in the case of the Life magazine article, it wasn't so much that they pointed out the differences, but rather the reason they were doing it. "How to identify your enemy" was the main theme that ran through the article. There were two photos on the page (of each ethnicity) and they pin pointed the differences. :P

BTW, it reminds me of a site that I was directed to a while back. Have you seen this? http://www.alllooksame.com ? It was interesting because I scored so low! It's funny that people would think that just because we're Asian, we'd be able to clearly distinguish the differences. :P
Mme Bahorel: confusedmmebahorel on October 11th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC)
So, uhm, how does Life magazine tell the difference?
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on October 12th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
They showed two photos of both ethnicities in an attempt to point out differences in features. :P I read the whole article and it was about as ridiculous as you'd expect.
irisheyes77 on October 11th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)
I can kind of sympathize with you a bit. The Irish were the lowest of the low back in the early immigration days. I've always wondered how the Japanese got to Hawaii - I mean, I know it's close, but I wondered what made them emigrate.

I wish that I was off today! Most libraries are closed today, but not ours. :P
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 12th, 2004 08:37 am (UTC)
Yup, it was working on the plantations. I don't know if you ever saw the little movie that came out in 1992 or so called "Picture Bride?" That was actually a pretty acurate account of our grandparents and their history when they came to Hawaii.

I'm sorry you didn't get the day off! I was under the impression that you were State employed, I'm not sure why.
irisheyes77 on October 12th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
It's up to the individual library whether to give Columbus Day off or not. Ours doesn't. My old one did.
karmastyx: heart jumpin'karmastyx on October 11th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
You know, I have never been to that museum. I may have to make a trip to it. I have been to the Museum of Tolerance. That is a very eye opening museum as well.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on October 12th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
I've always wanted to go to the Museum of Tolerance. That must've been an experience as well.
WE ALL NEED A SENSE OF HUMOR: small  bl catbeam861 on October 12th, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great vacation! When Dave used to travel for business, he used to say about how lonely he felt too! It is strange that you commented on the Japan/US thing. We were just talking about that the other day. My son was talking about how people have forgotten how so many other ethnic groups have suffered at the hands of stupid people. Too bad the government was the stupidest of all! Some of my family are of German decent. During WWI, they were persecuted so badly, they changed their last names. They could not get jobs, or buy things. It's sad though, they came over here to get away from the same thing in the country they fled! I don't think any of us should ever forget our heritage or where we came from.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 12th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
I think the saddest thing is when a family has to change their last name in order to avoid persecution. :( I think that we tend to think that it's all a thing of the past, but if you really think about it - it seems that some of these things go on today (under different guises) to other groups and we accept them. :P

And I want to go home and see my hubby and hug my fuzzy dog! :(