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Nikiko Masumoto Performance

Nikiko Masumoto

The Henry Madden Library at Fresno State in partnership with the College of Social Sciences and the Sociology Department present Nikiko Masumoto performing What We Could Carry.

This one-woman show is developed and performed by Nikiko Masumoto, a Del Rey peach farmer, public arts performer and a member of the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. Masumoto performed an excerpt of What We Could Carry at the White House in December, as part of a panel speaking about the future of food.

  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on April 5, 2017
  • Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room in the Henry Madden Library (3rd floor, North Wing)
  • This is a free public event held during normal Library hours.
  • Parking may be restricted. Please visit a campus parking kiosk.
  • RSVP on our eRsvp form using "LIBCARRY"

The show asks us to consider how and what memory we carry about Japanese American experiences before, during and after Internment and World War II. Based almost entirely on the testimony of individuals from the Los Angeles hearings of the 1981 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, Masumoto performs 13 individuals' testimony (in addition to her own) about internment and the weight of these memories.

The event is co-sponsored by the sociology department and the College of Social Sciences as part of their Lived Experiences, Social Justice and Social Science speaker series.

The Madden Library is co-sponsoring this event as part of 9066: Japanese American Voices from the Inside, a series of exhibitions and events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans with a focus on those from the San Joaquin Valley.

For more information or assistance with physical accommodations, contact Sharon Ramirez at 559.278.5790 or

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