virtual reality artwork Beyond
Manzanar has recently been acquired by the San Jose
Museum of Art. This presentation celebrates the Museum opening of
Manzanar and with the panelists and artists
-- Tamiko Thiel and Zara Houshmand -- explores historical and legal
issues the artwork raises. This art piece dramatically casts guests
in the unwitting roles of internees inside the Manzanar, California
Internment Camp and juxtaposes this experience against the subsequent
mistreatment of Iranian-Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis
in 1979-80. Now, following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, a similar situation exists. The afternoon's
presentation will explore the issues and corollaries of all three
Tamiko Thiel, Japanese American new media artist and engineer interested
in investigating new forms of narrative structure and in developing
socially and culturally meaningful uses of virtual reality.
Houshmand, Iranian American writer, theater director, and multimedia
artist whose work focuses on cross-cultural issues. She was involved
in pioneering the development of virtual reality on the Internet.
Tatsuno, interned at the Topaz camp in Utah during World
War II, will show scenes from his haunting movie of the camp, Topaz,
which forms part of the National Registry of films.
Konda, an attorney with The Asian Law Alliance and an active participant
in the Japanese-American redress movement.
Tabrizi, financial consultant specializing in mergers and acquisitions;
Founder, Treasurer and past President of the Persian Center.
Susan Hayase, software engineer, a leader in the campaign to
obtain redress for former camp internees.
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