Paper flowers defy
censored duststorms of parched land,
barbed wire fences.

Paper Flowers

Satsuki Ina

Satsuki Ina was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a maximum security concentration camp for Japanese Americans during WWII. She has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in the treatment of community trauma. A community activist, writer, and filmmaker, she has produced two award-winning documentary films about the WWII Japanese American incarceration: Children of the Camps and From A Silk Cocoon.

"Paper Flowers" by Glenn Mitsui, October 25, 2018

Children of the Camps

Children of the Camps

Children of the Camps is a one-hour documentary that portrays the poignant stories of six Japanese Americans who were interned as children in US concentration camps during W.W.II.

From a Silk Cocoon

From a Silk Cocoon

The discovery of a small metal box leads to the uncovering of a family story, shrouded in silence for more than 60 years. Woven through their censored letters, diary entries, and haiku poetry, is the story of a young Japanese American couple whose dreams are shattered when, months after their wedding, they find themselves held captive, first in race track horse stables and later, in tar paper barracks.

“My Name is NOT Sandy!”

“My Name is NOT Sandy!”

A children’s book about a spunky girl who refuses to give up her ethnic identity. Illustrations by Dana Kawano. Currently under review with Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.

"Night Walk", Cover illustration by Dana Kawano

“Snow Country Prison: The haiku poetry of Itaru Ina”

“Snow Country Prison: The haiku poetry of Itaru Ina”

A collection of 400 poems written during Itaru Ina’s incarceration during WWII in the Tanforan “Assembly Center”, Topaz Concentration Camp, Tule Lake Segregation Center, Santa Fe Internment Camp, and Crystal City Internment Camp. Translations by Leza Lowitz and Hisako Ifshin. Segments published in Modern Haiku Journal, Lincoln, Ill.

Announcements

Local Advocates Confront Immigration Policy Crisis

46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage Keynote

Crystal City to Dilley: Satsuki Ina on Immigrant Family Detention

Satsuki Ina @ United For Compassion: A Japantown Community Gathering Against Hate (2016)

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