BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.4074@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20130202T000000Z DTEND:20130202T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<em>Blossoms and Thorns</em>\, a short documentary commissioned and funded by the Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League\, depict s the story of Richmond's Nikkei flower growing community. Japanese immigr ants began arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1800s and qu ickly discovered that they could make a living growing cut flowers. The mo derate climate was conducive to growing flowers\, and they found affordabl e land with ready access to well water and public transportation. Through hard work and collaboration with other immigrant growers from China and It aly in particular\, Japanese flower growers established the San Francisco Flower Market as a hub for the cut flower industry throughout Northern Cal ifornia.\n\nThese growers succeeded despite increasingly hostile anti-Asia n sentiment in California. Laws were passed restricting immigration from J apan\, marriage to American citizens\, and ownership of land. Japanese imm igrants nevertheless created families and businesses in California\, often skirting the laws by placing their property in the names of their America n born children&mdash\;kids who generally thought of themselves as America n\, particularly in rural Richmond\, a small community with immigrants fro m around the world. Their beliefs were soon tested with the bombing of Pea rl Harbor\, when everyone of Japanese descent in their community\, regardl ess of citizenship status\, was rounded up and removed to remote parts of the United States\, in barren desert incarceration camps.\n\nThrough a com bination of personal interviews and archival footage\,&nbsp\;<em>Blossoms and Thorns</em>presents the story of Richmond's flower growers: from the p re-war era when Japanese immigrants first arrived\; to the bombing of Pear l Harbor and the forced removal of everyone of Japanese ancestry throughou t the Western United States during World War II\; and finally to the post- war period of resettlement\, when Richmond's Nikkei community returned fro m the camps and reclaimed their lives and businesses\, in a dramatically c hanged Richmond. Narrated by broadcast journalist George T. Kiriyama\, fea turing Richmond flower growers Ruby Adachi Hiramoto\, Flora Ninomiya\, and Tom Oishi.\n\nQ&amp\;A to follow screening.\n\nFree with Museum admission .&nbsp\;Reservations recommended to rsvp@janm.org or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior.&nbsp\;<a href="http://www.janm.org/" target="_blank">www. janm.org</a>\n<a href="http://janmstore.com/40073.html" target="_blank"></ a>\n<a href="http://janmstore.com/40073.html" target="_blank">Purchase the DVD from the Museum Store &gt\;&gt\;</a>\n<a href="/journal/2013/1/28/blo ssoms-and-thorns/"></a>\n<a href="/journal/2013/1/28/blossoms-and-thorns/" >Read about the film on Discover Nikkei &gt\;&gt\;</a> SUMMARY:FILM SCREENING: "Blossoms and Thorns: A Community Uprooted" URL:/en/events/2013/02/02/film-screening-blossoms-and-thorns-a-community/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR