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We Are Not Strangers Book Talk with Josh Tuininga and Ellen Eisenberg

May 26 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

Presented by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

We Are Not Strangers Book Talk
Sunday, May 26, 2-3pm
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street, Portland
Entry included with museum admission

We Are Not Strangers is a historical fiction graphic novel written and illustrated by Josh Tuininga. Inspired by a true story, the book follows a Jewish immigrant’s efforts to help his Japanese neighbors while they are incarcerated during World War II. We Are Not Strangers converges two perspectives into a single portrait of a community’s struggle with race, responsibility, and what it truly means to be an American.

Join us for a discussion between the book’s author and illustrator, Josh Tuininga; executive director of JAMO and historian of Japanese-American history, Hanako Wakatsuki-Chong; and Ellen Eisenberg, a consulting scholar for the graphic novel and preeminent historian on Jews in the Pacific West. We Are Not Strangers is available for purchase in the OJMCHE museum shop.

This program is co-presented by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

About the presenters

Josh Tuininga is an author, artist, and designer living in North Bend, Washington. After studying fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he founded an art and design agency, where he continues to work as its creative director. His work has been published in Communication Arts magazine and HOW Design magazine, and he was awarded with the Communication Arts Award for excellence in illustration. Tuininga is the author of the children’s books Why Blue? (Xist Publishing, 2014) and Dream On (Indiegogo campaign, 2019). We Are Not Strangers, which has been awarded a 4Culture Heritage Grant, is his first graphic novel.

Ellen Eisenberg is the Dwight and Margaret Lear Professor of American History at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, where she has taught since 1990. Her research centers on the history of American immigrant and ethnic communities, particularly American Jewish communities. Since the mid-1990s, she has focused on Jews in the Pacific West, with an emphasis on relationships between Jews and other minority ethnic groups. She has written four monographs on Jews in the West, as well as publishing a number of articles and book chapters. The First to Cry Down Injustice? Western Jews and Japanese Removal during WWII (2008), was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. Her two-volume history of Jews in Oregon was published in 2015 and 2016.

Hanako Wakatsuki-Chong is the executive director of the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, and a professionally trained public historian, political scientist, and museologist. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management Programs. Before joining JAMO, she was the first superintendent of the Honouli’uli National Historic Site in Honolulu and also served on special detail as the acting chief of interpretation for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. In 2022, she was selected to work on a six-month detail in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the White House, serving as the AANHPI policy advisor to the deputy assistant to the president on issues and initiatives affecting the AANHPI community.

Entry included with admission to the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209 United States
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