The Writing is on the Wall

While the new artwork is currently hanging, a celebration for Rhythmix’ “The Writing on the Wall” will not take place until Feb. 19.

'The Writing is on the Wall" is Rhythmix K Gallery's first exhibit in 2020 (January 11th - February 29th) featuring Japanese calligraphy and carbon copies of typewritten letters from World War II internment camps, artist Najib Joe Hakim’s photographs of Palestinian and Lebanese walls and Salma Arastu’s paintings that are inspired by the scripture of the Quran.

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda’s destination for the arts, presents Day of Remembrance for Alameda’s Japantown on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The annual Day of Remembrance, Feb. 19, 1942, commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, who had to abandon their jobs, their homes, and lives, to be sent to one of ten internment camps scattered in desolate, remote regions of the country. No Japanese Americans were ever charged, much less convicted, of espionage or sabotage against the United States. Yet they were targeted, rounded up, and imprisoned for years, simply for having the “face of the enemy.”

Executive Order 9066 is responsible for the disappearance of a once thriving Alameda Japantown. The words and stories of the Japanese in Alameda remind us of an extreme act of racial targeting that took place just 78 years ago.

Rhythmix Day of Remembrance for Alameda's Japantown will include a gallery exhibit reception for “the writing is on the wall” featuring Japanese calligraphy and carbon copies of typewritten letters from World War II internment camps, artist Najib Joe Hakim’s photographs of Palestinian and Lebanese walls and Salma Arastu’s paintings that are inspired by the scripture of the Quran.

Maze Daiko will read poems from Heart Mountain and present the taiko piece "Heart of the Mountain" with special guest Kallan Nishimoto. Excerpts from the documentary film "Honoring Alameda’s Japanese Americans" will be introduced and shown by Reverend Michael Yoshii of Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Alameda.          

For more information see www.rhythmix.org.