October 11th, 2004

Nick DeGruccio

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.
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