Yoshiko Uchida

June 29, 2008

Yoshiko Uchida

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Yoshiko Uchida
Born November 24, 1921(1921-11-24)
Alameda, California United States
Died June 21, 1992 (aged 70)
United States
Occupation short story writer, editor, Novelist, children’s book author
Genres fiction, folktales
Literary movement Folk Art Movement
Relative(s) Dwight Uchida (birth father), Iku Uchida (mother), Keiko Uchida

Yoshiko Uchida (November 24, 1921June 21, 1992) was a Japanese American writer.



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[edit] Life

Yoshiko Uchida was the daughter of Japanese immigrants Takashi and Iku Uchida. Her father came to the United States from Japan in 1903 and worked for the San Francisco offices of Mitsui and Company. Yoshiko and her sister Keiko were both nisei, or second-generation Japanese Americans, born in the United States.

By the age of 10, Uchida was writing stories. “Being the child of frugal immigrant parents, I wrote them on brown wrapping paper which I cut up and bound into booklets… I also kept a journal of important events which began the day I graduated from elementary school…. By putting these special happenings into words and writing them down, I was trying to hold onto and preserve the magic as well as the joy and sadness of certain moments of my life… I guess that’s really what books and writing are really about.” [1]

Yoshiko Uchida graduated early from high school and enrolled at University of California, Berkeley at sixteen. The Uchidas were living in Berkeley, California and Yoshiko was in her senior year at U.C. Berkeley when the Japanese attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Soon after, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all Japanese Americans on the west coast to be rounded up and imprisoned in internment camps. Thousands of Japanese and Japanese Americans, regardless of their U.S. citizenship, lost their homes, property, jobs, civil liberties and human dignity.

The Uchidas were not spared. Takashi was questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and he and his family, including Yoshiko, were interned for three years, first at Tanforan Racetrack in California and then in Topaz, Utah. In the camps, Yoshiko taught school and had the chance to view not only the injustices which the Americans were perpetrating, but the varying reactions of Japanese Americans towards their ill-treatment.

In 1943 Uchida was accepted to graduate school at Smith College in Massachusetts and allowed to leave the camp, but her years there left a deep impression. Her 1971 novel Journey to Topaz is fiction but closely follows her own experiences, and many of her other books deal with issues of ethnicity, citizenship, identity, and cross-cultural relationships.

Over the course of her career Uchida published more than thirty books, including nonfiction for adults and fiction for children and teenagers. She died in 1992.

Uchida became widely known for her 1982 autobiography Desert Exile, one of several important autobiographical works by Japanese Americans who were interned that portray internment as a pivotal moment in the formation of the author’s personal and cultural identities.

She is also known for her children’s novels, having been praised as “almost single-handedly creating a body of Japanese American literature for children, where none existed before.” [2]. In addition to Journey to Topaz, many of her other novels including Picture Bride, A Jar of Dreams and The Bracelet deal with Japanese American impressions of major historical events including World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II, and the racism endured by Japanese Americans during these years.

“I try to stress the positive aspects of life that I want children to value and cherish. I hope they can be caring human beings who don’t think in terms of labels–foreigners or Asians or whatever–but think of people as human beings. If that comes across, then I’ve accomplished my purpose.”[3]

[edit] Bibliography

This is a partial list of Uchida’s published work.

  • The Invisible Thread: An Autobiography
  • The Terrible Leak
  • Picture Bride
  • The Dancing Kettle and Other Japanese Folk Tales (1949)
  • New Friends for Susan (1951)
  • The Magic Listening Cap: More Folk Tales from Japan (1955)
  • The Full Circle (1957)
  • Takao and Grandfather’s Sword (1958)
  • The Promised Year (1959)
  • Mik and the Prowler (1960)
  • Rokubei and the Thousand Rice Bowls (1962)
  • The Forever Christmas Tree (1963)
  • Sumi’s Prize (1964)
  • The Sea of Gold, and Other Tales from Japan (1965)
  • In-Between Maya (1967)
  • Hisako’s Mysteries (1969)
  • Sumi and the Goat and the Tokyo Express (1969)
  • Makoto, The Smallest Boy (1970)
  • Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese American Evacuation (1971)
  • Samurai of Gold Hill (1972)
  • The Birthday Visitor (1975)
  • The Rooster who Understood Japanese (1976)
  • The Bracelet (1976)
  • originally published as a short story, Journey Home (1978)
  • Jar of Dreams (1981)
  • Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family (Autobiography) (1982)
  • A Jar of Dreams (1981)
  • Best Bad Thing (1983)
  • The Happiest Ending (1985)
  • Picture Bride (1987)
  • Invisible Thread: An Autobiography (1991)
  • Magic Purse (1993)
  • Two Foolish Cats
  • The Magic Purse
  • The Birthday Visitor
  • Sumi’s Prize
  • The Wise Old Woman

[edit] Awards

[edit] References

  1. ^ Grice, Helena. “Yoshiko Uchida” in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 312: Asian American Writers. Gale, 2005.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of World Biography, accessed 7 Nov 2006
  3. ^ Grice, Helena. “Yoshiko Uchida” in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 312: Asian American Writers. Gale, 2005.

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Bette Fetter

Founder and CEO of Young Rembrandts

When I was a child, art museums were not available to me as they were not a priority for my family. My first visit to an art museum wasn’t until I was in high school – an art teacher took our class on a field trip to a museum and I was soon-after hooked. At the same time, I became good friends with a girl whose family often went to museums and I always looked for the chance to tag along on their regular visits. Seeing the paintings in person, the textures and brushstrokes on the canvas, brought me closer to the artists. I became friends with artists I never met – from Van Gogh to Mary Cassatt. These visits opened my eyes to the inspiration of visual art and expanded my interest in arts education.

The joy of visiting art museums has stayed with me and continues to be something I enjoy today. This opened up a whole new world for me in the valuing and appreciation for art in and of itself. With an expanded awareness of all that is out there, I have yearned for more inspiration and ideas as I visit art museums. I joined a welcoming community that I didn’t know existed but longed for as I grew up. Additionally, this has contributed to my creativity and love for the visual arts, and has continued to help me thrive throughout life.

Bette Fetter is the founder and CEO of Young Rembrandts, the international art program for children. She began her career as a professional artist with a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, yet it was her fascination with child development, especially as it related to the visual arts, which led Bette into the field of arts education. In 2000, Bette and her husband, Bill Fetter, franchised Young Rembrandts Inc.

Ms. Fetter is also a member of the Women President’s Organization, an elite organization for women whose businesses gross more than $2 million annually. The group works to improve business conditions and promote acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all industries.

SIPA Alumna Edet Belzberg Receives MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award
Edet Belzberg

Edet Belzberg, SIPA ’97 and documentary filmmaker, was leaving the Jewish Historical Society where she was conducting research for a film when she received an unexpected call on her cell phone. The caller encouraged her to sit down. Fearing something was wrong, Belzberg stopped in the first store she passed, a bedding store. The caller then revealed incredible news — Belzberg is among 25 people selected as 2005 MacArthur Fellows. Also known as “Genius Awards,” the fellowship comes with $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years.

Because of the foundation’s strict, anonymous nomination process, Belzberg didn’t even know that she was being considered for such an award. She remained captive on a comfortable bed in the store for nearly an hour before regaining her composure and taking the subway home.

“This is life-altering and seemingly unfathomable,” says Belzberg. “It provides a documentary filmmaker with an incredible amount of freedom. I am extremely grateful beyond words to the MacArthur Foundation. It is something I never would have imagined.”

Belzberg, age 35, is planning to use the grant for research and development for several films that she has been thinking about over the years. She also will consider starting a fund to help other young documentary filmmakers.

Her signature film, Children Underground, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. Belzberg spent four years creating the film, which follows homeless children living in a train station in Bucharest, Romania, and personalizes the dangerous and chaotic world of these children. Critically-acclaimed throughout the United States and Europe, the film has focused international attention on child welfare in post-communist Romania.

Belzberg’s characteristically intense and detailed treatment of the lives of children also defines her recently completed film, Gymnast, which follows the top three American female gymnasts for two years before, and two years after, the 2000 Olympics. The film shows what happens to young athletes physically and mentally when they do, and don’t, attain their goals.

“We are delighted that SIPA alumna Edet Belzberg has won this richly deserved recognition,” says SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson. “Her combination of artistic creativity and public policy impact is precisely what we try to nurture at the School of International and Public Affairs.”

Belzberg received a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.A. from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a frequent lecturer at Columbia’s Journalism School and has taught at NYU.

Including this year’s fellowships, 707 people, ranging in age from 18 to 82, have been named MacArthur Fellows since the program’s inception in 1981. In addition to Belzberg, Terry Belanger, Columbia alumnus and former faculty member and assistant dean of Library Service, also has been named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow. Belanger currently is University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections, as well as a rare book preservationist, at the University of Virginia. Belzberg and Belanger join more than 28 other Columbians who have been named MacArthur Fellows, more recently including: Caroline Walker Bynum, Barbara Fields, Edward Hirsch, Richard Howard, Sherry Ortner, Pedro Sanchez, Kara Walker and Patricia Williams.

David Carroll David Carroll
Naturalist Author/Illustrator
Warner, New Hampshire
Age: 64
David Carroll has the eye of an artist, the mind of a scientist, the voice of a great storyteller, and the soul of a conservationist.  An illustrator, author, and naturalist for over forty years, he has made voluminous, detailed observations of the ecology of the deciduous hardwood forests and wetland habitats around New England, especially near his home in central New Hampshire.  His understanding of the plants and animals that comprise these natural systems makes him a valuable resource for herpetologists, ecologists, and conservationists, providing a meticulous chronicle of life in areas threatened by human encroachment and imparting essential insights for those attempting to protect them.  Freshwater turtles are the central focus of his studies, particularly the increasingly rare spotted and wood turtles.  With an artist’s sensibility, David Carroll immerses himself in wetland environments, gaining a deep understanding of the lives of swamp-dwelling creatures and the threats to their survival.  He has published four books on aspects of natural history and wildlife preservation, including Swampwalker’s Journal (1999), detailing his expeditions and illustrated with precise sketches and maps, and Self-Portrait with Turtles (2004), a memoir that describes his lifelong fascination with swamps and the creatures that inhabit them.  Through his artwork, writing, fieldwork, and speaking, Carroll helps people of all ages see the beauty, history, and value in swamps, marshes, bogs, kettle ponds, and rivers.

David Carroll received a B.F.A (1965) from Tufts University.  He is the author and illustrator of Trout Reflections (1993) and The Year of the Turtle (1996), in addition to his more recent books.  Carroll’s artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Dartmouth College Museum and Galleries, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.  He is also an active lecturer and consultant to conservation institutions throughout New England.


David and Mammoth

Born on December 2, 1946, David was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. He found himself having to adjust from an idyllic English childhood to life in a fast-paced American city. During this period of change, he began to draw seriously. So exciting did he find this process that he chose to pursue an undergraduate education at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture, then spent his fifth year at RISD in the European Honors Program, studying in Rome, Herculaneum, and Pompeii.After a short period working as an interior designer, a junior high school teacher, and a teacher at RISD, Macaulay began to experiment with writing and illustrating books. His first book, Cathedral, was published in 1973. Since then, he has created a number of spectacular books about various subjects, including the construction of a Roman city (City), the erection of the monuments to the pharaohs (Pyramid), the building of medieval fortresses (Castle), and the evolution of a New England mill town (Mill), as well as such picture books as Rome Antics, Shortcut, and Black and White (a Caldecott Medal Winner).

David Macaulay’s elaborate show-and-tells have made him beloved by adults and children throughout the world. His books have sold more than two million copies in the United States alone and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Three of his titles-Cathedral,Castle, and Pyramid- have been made into popular PBS television programs. Macaulay has garnered a number of awards: the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, the Washington Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, a Hans Christian Anderson Award nomination, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, a Dutch Silver Slate Pencil Award, and the Bradford Washburn Award, presented by the Museum of Science in Boston for an outstanding contribution to science.

David Macaulay lives with his family in Rhode Island.



Speaking Engagements
Mr. Wiseman is available for lectures and workshops. Requests for guest appearances should be made well in advance. Please contact Karen Konicek at info@zipporah.com.

Frederick Wiseman, Chronicler of the Western World

Philippe Pilard (originally published in La Sept/Arte)

Fred Wiseman is probably one of today’s greatest living documentary filmmakers. For close to thirty years, thanks to the Public Broadcast Service (PBS), he has created an exceptional body of work consisting of thirty full length films devoted primarily to exploring American institutions. Over time these films have become a record of the western world, since now more than ever as we approach the century’s close, nothing North American is really foreign to us.

The institutions that Wiseman examined early in his career – a hospital, a high school, army basic training, a welfare center, a police precinct – have “problems” that the filmmaker uncovers. His approach reveals the profound acknowledged and unacknowledged conformity and inequality of American society. Wiseman’s films are also a reflection on democracy. What do his films portray, the “American dream” or the “air conditioned nightmare”? Both, but also a questioning of the world and of existence.

Occasionally, his films describe less circumscribed institutions – the world of fashion, a public park, and a ski resort. In addition to examining the social and ethical questions he is not afraid to confront the “big” metaphysical questions particularly in the films about handicapped children and dying patients. The filmmaker is trying to encompass all of human experience in his films.

In the past, Wiseman had already made movies outside the borders of his own country, in the Sinai, in Germany, and in Panama. In each of these films, however, his subject was Americans abroad.

In 1993, in his film BALLET, he followed the American Ballet Theatre rehearsals in New York and performances in Europe. For a long time Wiseman had wanted to make a film in France and in 1995 he tackled that most French of institutions, The Comedie Francaise. Both in BALLET and LA COMÉDIE-FRANÇAISE Wiseman raises questions about the conditions necessary for artistic creation: how to create those conditions which allow a director, an actor, or a dancer to achieve the goal of a perfect even sublime performance; how the specific dialect for the theatre works, the dialect which both places in opposition and transcends the solitude of individual creation and group collaboration.

“Documentaries, like theatre pieces, novels or poems are forms of fiction,” claims Wiseman. Over the years his films have become more a skillful mix of observation, testimony, reflection, an absence of prejudice, and courage, and humor. A complex body of work, as great works of fiction (novels, drama, music, and film) can be, with the same profundity, contradictions, and questions without answers.

Unconventional physician-filmmaker receives “genius” grant

When Gretchen K. Berland, M.D., embarked on a research project in 2001 aimed at improving health care for the disabled, she took an unusual approach: she gave video cameras to three people in wheelchairs and asked them to record their lives.

Berland, an assistant professor of medicine who had worked as a producer for public television before medical school, hoped to make an intimate, first-person film that would give physicians and policymakers a fresh perspective on the day-in, day-out realities of coping with life in a wheelchair. The film that resulted, titled Rolling, won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Lake Placid Film Festival.

Gretchen K. Berland, M.D.

Gretchen Berland

Still, one of Berland’s mentors, Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, wondered whether Berland’s maverick style might deny her work the academic recognition he thought it deserved.

He needn’t have worried. Berland’s work was validated in a big way last fall, when she won one of the John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation’s famed “genius” grants.

“It’s very empowering to know an organization like MacArthur believes in your work,” says Berland, an assistant professor of medicine who serves on the core faculty of the Clinical Scholars Program.

Berland says that her film adds new perspective to the doctor-patient relationship, which she believes is undermined by the typical 15-minute office visit. The subjects of Rolling are “real and dimensional,” she says, and we see their disability in the context of their whole lives.

Berland says she receives 100 inquiries about Rolling every week, and she has answered more than 7,000 requests for videotapes from throughout the world.

She used to charge $15 for tapes to cover her costs, but since winning the $500,000, no-strings-attached MacArthur, she has been distributing copies for free.

Berland is grateful for the openminded encouragement she has received at Yale.“My work is very nontraditional,” she says, “and they knew that when I came here. Not many other universities would have supported that.”

if i was a rapper

November 24, 2007

shave my head
gonna break out some lyrics
wish i could grow out a beard…dangit!! haaha

mos def/common/beastie boys would be my style

Common (rapper)

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Common at the 2006 Men’s Health magazine party in New York City.

Background information
Birth name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
Also known as Common Sense
Born March 13, 1972 (1972-03-13) (age 35)
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genre(s) Hip hop (conscious/alternative)
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1992 – present
Label(s) Relativity, MCA, G.O.O.D. Music, Geffen
Soulquarians, Kanye West
Website common-music.com

Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972), better known as Common, is an American hip hop artist best known for songs that focus on spirituality, poverty, and other issues to do with social awareness. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow A Dollar?, and maintained a significant underground following into the late 90s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. His first major label album, Like Water for Chocolate, received widespread critical acclaim and moderate commercial success. Its popularity was matched by 2005‘s Be, which was nominated in the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album.[1] Common has also started a burgeoning film career, starting with a role in the action thriller, Smokin’ Aces, which will be followed by a part in American Gangster.