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GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans
The upcoming/completed events and news feature the Asian American Orchestra’s premiere of “GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans” commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 (EO9066) in 1942 that forced over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into desolate internment camps until the end of World War II. Commissioned by the Zellerbach Foundation, GO FOR BROKE! honors the courageous Nisei (second generation Japanese in America) soldiers who fought in WWII while their families were imprisoned. Find out more in our events section.
We have had a productive winter. The Asian American Orchestra is proud to announce a new recording, “GO FOR BROKE! - A Tribute to Nisei Veterans.” The CD release will coincide with our East Bay premiere performance of “GO FOR BROKE!” on February 18th, 7PM at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Please plan on joining us there. Event information can be found here.
On Friday, November 3rd at 7PM, the Presidio Trust and InterMusic SF partnered with Dr. Brown and the Asian American Orchestra(AAO) to present a Presidio Sessions musical concert premiering GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans at the Presidio Officers’ Club. The orchestra was grateful to perform in front of a packed house of friends, supporters and music lovers.
The AAO performed “GO FOR BROKE! - A Salute of Nisei Veterans” on Veterans Day to an audience including family and friends of nisei veterans at WE ARE ALL AMERICANS! TRIBUTE TO NISEI VETERANS presented by the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS). This event was emceed by NBC Bay Area's Mike Inouye, and was highlighted by a speech by 442nd RCT veteran Lawson Sakai. This day also marked the opening of NJAHS new exhibition, “Artists Eyes, Art of Incarceration” at the Presidio Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Building 640commemorating the 75th anniversary of EO9066. We encourage everyone to visit this spectacular exhibition.
The public presentations of GO FOR BROKE! A Salute to Nisei Veterans is programmed to provide the public contemporary artistic interpretations of major historic events that have shaped and continue to inform our society. Today now more so than ever, every American must know the president said that he “might have supported Japanese American internment.”