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September 21, 2012
Showing of two films on Japanese-American baseball

INTERNMENT BASEBALL.jpgFor over a 100 years baseball has played an important role in the life of the Japanese-American community, especially during the internment during World War II. Two films -- one a documentary, one a fictional story -- celebrate this enduring legacy. They'll be shown at a festival this Sunday in Grass Valley.

Diamonds in the Rough: Zeni and the Legacy of Japanese-American Baseball honors Kenichi Zenimura, a talented player and respected manager, who worked tirelessly to promote the American Nisei Leagues. American Pastime is the story of a Japanese-American family who finds strength and self-respect in the internment camps through baseball.

Historian and producer of both films, Kerry Yo Nakagawa, will meet with the audience at the film festival. He was interviewed on a recent KXJZ Insight segment, which you can listen to here.

What: Two films on Japanese-American Baseball
Where: Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra, 360 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley
When: Sept. 23, 2 p.m.
Cost: $15 in advance (call 530-265-5462). $18 at the door.
For more info: (530) 273-6362 or website

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PHOTO CREDIT: Japanese-American internees watch and play baseball in 1943 at the Manzanar War Relocation Center. Photograph by Ansel Adams. (AP Photo/Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at mdolgushkin@library.ca.gov.

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at agraham@saclibrary.org.

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at pbasofin@sacbee.com.

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