This free photographic exhibit covers the initial immigration of the Issei (first generation immigrants) from Japan in the late 1800s to modern day Hawai’i, showing how the Nikkei (overseas Japanese) in Hawai’i have merged their Japanese cultural values with the blend of cultures in Hawai’i.
At the core of the exhibit is the story of the Nisei (second generation) who served in the US armed forces in World War II. The exhibit also depicts the post war accomplishments of the Nisei in Hawai’i. Prominent Japanese Americans from Hawai’i are displayed along with the prefectures in Japan that their ancestors emigrated from.
The intent of the exhibit is to educate people on the story of Hawaii’s Nikkei and to promote goodwill and cross-cultural values between Japan and the United States.
The exhibit will be on display from July 14 to August 29 and may be viewed during the library’s business hours.