BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20140628T000000Z DTEND:20140628T000000Z DESCRIPTION:"I listen and gather people's stories. Then I write them down i n a way that I hope will communicate something to others\, so that seeing these stories will give readers something of value. I tell myself that t his isn't going to be done unless I do it\, just because of who I am. It' s a way of making my mark\, leaving something behind...not that I'm plann ing on going anywhere right now." \n \n So explains Stephen Murphy-Shigem atsu in this touching\, introspective\, and insightful examination of mix ed race Asian American experiences. The son of an Irish American father a nd Japanese mother\, Murphy-Shigematsu uses his personal journey of ident ity exploration and discovery of his diverse roots to illuminate the jour neys of others. Throughout the book\, his reflections are interspersed am ong portraits of persons of biracial and mixed ethnicity and accounts of their efforts to answer a seemingly simple question: Who am I? \n \n Here we meet Norma\, raised in postwar Japan\, the daughter of a Japanese wom an and an American serviceman\, who struggled to make sense of her ethnic heritage and national belonging. Wei Ming\, born in Australia and raised in the San Francisco of the 1970s and 1980s\, grapples as well with issu es of identity\, in her case both ethnic and sexual. We also encounter Ru dy\, a "Mexipino"\; Marshall\, a "Jewish\, adopted Korean"\; Mitzi\, a "B lackinawan"\; and other extraordinary people who find how connecting to a ll parts of themselves also connects them to others. \n \n With its attent ion on people who have been regarded as "half" this or "half" that throug hout their lives\, these stories make vivid the process of becoming whole . \n \n <a href="/en/journal/2012/12/26/exploring-the-borderlands/">Read a book review of <em>When Half is Whole</em> &gt\;&gt\;</a>\n<a href="/en/j ournal/authors/murphy-shigematsu-stephen/"></a>\n<a href="/en/journal/auth ors/murphy-shigematsu-stephen/">Articles Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu contrib uted to Discover Nikkei&gt\;&gt\;</a>\n<strong></strong>\n<strong>For more information about this event and others\, please visit the Japanese Ameri can National Museums' events page: <a href=" 4/06/#28" target="_blank"></a></stro ng>\n\n********\n\nAll programs are free for Museum members and free with& nbsp\;<a href="" target="_blank">admission</a>&n bsp\;for non-members\, unless otherwise noted.&nbsp\;<em>Events are subjec t to change.</em>\n\nAdvanced reservations are recommended for most progra ms as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reserv ation contacts. Please check program description.&nbsp\;<strong>When makin g a reservation\, email&nbsp\;<a href=""> </a>&nbsp\;or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event.</str ong>&nbsp\;Include the name\, date\, and time of the program\, as well as your name and the total in your party.\n\n<em><strong>NEW:</strong>&nbsp\; </em>For all classes\, workshops\, and food tours\, pre-payment is now req uired to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or&nbsp\;<a href="http: //" target=" _blank">download the pre-payment form</a>. Cancellations must be made 48 h ours in advance or no refund will be issued. SUMMARY:When Half is Whole by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu URL:/en/events/2014/06/28/when-half-is-whole-by-stephen-murphy-shigematsu/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR