USC PAM is proud to participate in the Pasadena Public Library’s Big Read, highlighting the book When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Taking inspiration from the novel, join artist Rosanne Kleinerman in creating a no-sew butterfly book (a Japanese technique that refers to the pages fluttering like the wings of a butterfly) using a variety of drawing and painting materials. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on family and personal memories when creating the contents of their book.
Otsuka’s novel follows a Japanese American family that was sent to an internment camp during World War II. Since internees could only take what they could carry, we will consider how a book recalling things left behind would help with enduring gaman, a Japanese term for persevering through an unbearable situation with dignity and patience. For Families, limited to 30 participants.
This program is generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. About NEA Big Read: An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.