iSchool and Digital Curation Center to Host Movie Screening on Tule Lake Segregation Center on May 4

iSchool and Digital Curation Center to Host Movie Screening on Tule Lake Segregation Center on May 4

Who: The College of Information Studies and Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), University of Maryland

What: Screening of "From a Silk Cocoon," documentary on the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, and Q&A with producer, writer, and director Dr. Satsuki Ina. The documentary features Ina's own family's experience in the Tule Lake internment center.

When: Monday, May 4, 2015, 4-6:30 pm

Where: Juan Jimenez Room, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland

More information: RSVP requested,

Dr. Ina and DCIC staff can be available to reporters before or after the event; for more information, contact Diane Travis at

About Satsuki Ina: Satsuki Ina was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, one of the ten American concentration camps during World War II.  Her father, Itaru Ina was separated from the family and interned in Bismarck, North Dakota, a Department of Justice camp for enemy aliens after he renounced his American citizenship.  Dr. Ina is currently a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in the treatment of childhood trauma.  She serves as a consultant to educational, cultural and religious communities regarding sexual abuse, the psychological impact of racism, and cross-cultural communications. With the production team of Hesono O Productions, she has produced, written, and directed two documentary films, Children of the Camps (2000) and From A Silk Cocoon (2007).  Both films have been broadcast nationally on PBS and From A Silk Cocoon was awarded the Northern California Emmy for outstanding historical and cultural program. Dr. Ina is currently working on the book version of From A Silk Cocoon, titled, The Poet and the Silk Girl:  Love Letters from an American Concentration Camp.

About the film: The discovery of a small metal box leads to the uncovering of a family story, shrouded in silence for more than 60 years. Woven through their censored letters, diary entries, and haiku poetry, is the true story of a young Japanese American couple whose shattered dreams and forsaken loyalties lead them to renounce their American citizenship while held in separate prison camps during World War II. They struggle to prove their innocence and fight deportation during a time of wartime hysteria and racial profiling.

The iSchool's DCIC is heavily involved with the history of the World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans in its "Revisiting Segregation through Computational History" project. In this project, a multi-disciplinary team of student researchers is partnering with the National Park Service and National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to integrate archival and user-contributed data on the Tule Lake Segregation Center to investigate and prototype a GIS platform that links people, places and events from these distributed sources. This platform would give greater access to these records to internment camp survivors and their families, as well as increasing opportunities for engagement with historical knowledge for the general public. This project has been funded through a seed grant from the University of Maryland's Future of Information Alliance.