Talk

Presented by

John Nomura

Recorded:
10/6/2019
Location:
Nickerson St. Zendo
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American Sutra: Hero of the legendary trout

Our own John Nomura was born in the Japanese Internment Camps during WWII, so it's no wonder he was greatly moved by American Sutra, a history of Buddhism in the Internment Camps.

What was meant to be a sort of book report became a weaving narrative between stories from the book, first person experiences and stories from his family, covering themes of a resilient people who refused to relinquish their dignity, personal protests and the relentless pursuit of mythological trout by sneaking out of the camps in the dead of night.

It was a time when Americans turned against Americans and immigrants in a witch hunt whipped up by a paranoid government.  Sounded all too familiar...