Monday, November 9, 2015

Mark Your Calendar for March 21-22, 2016, for the next great A Walk in Their Shoes Presentation:

Updated: February 28, 2016

A Walk in Their Shoes presents a critical WWII story that must not be forgotten.
In March 2016 A Walk in Their Shoes will feature presentations on two books, A Diamond in
Desert, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice, and Barbed Wire Baseball, by Marissa Moss. Both stories
center around WWII and the injustice our government bestowed upon Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were suspected of spying for the enemy. Over 120,000 people on the West Coast were rounded up; forced to leave homes and businesses. Fathers were arrested by the FBI, newspaper headlines throughout the warned people not to trust Japanese Americans, and property and businesses were lost as our government sent them hundreds of miles away to internment camps. Their only crime—being of Japanese descent.

Kerry Yo Nakagawa, Howard Zenimura and Tets Furukawa will share this piece of American history with community members and the students throughout Marathon County.  Students from Edgar, Medford, Wausau East High School, Horace Mann and John Muir Middle Schools, as well as EEA and EGL will also participate in presentations.

Public presentations will be held on:

● Monday, March 21, 2016 at 6:30 PM at University of Wisconsin Marathon County's
                                                             James Veninga Auditorium at the WIPPS Center.

● Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM at Edgar High School.

● Book signings will follow the presentations

Kerry Yo Nakagawa is an accomplished writer, director, and the founder and director for the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP). Accompanying him will be Mr. Zenimura and Mr. Furukawa to help with the presentations. Both are former camp internees and baseball players for the Gila River Arizona camp baseball team. Their families were interned on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Baseball at Gila River gave Japanese Americans a sense of pride, hope, and normalcy. After the war the camps were closed, it was still a decades-long journey for healing, an apology, and recognition that such indignities must never happen again to other groups in America. Through the efforts of Mr. Kerry Yo Nakagawa and his organization, people throughout America can hear and these stories so they are not forgotten.

For more information about the work of A Walk in Their Shoes go to or or contact Colin Hanson at 715-560-8933.