Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community

CANCELLED: MAC Salon Night: “Bearing the Unbearable”

As a matter of caution, this event has been cancelled.

Join the Bainbridge Island Multicultural Advisory Council’s Salon Night featuring a showing of the 30 minute film Bearing the Unbearable. Bearing the Unbearable is a recently released film produced by the National Park Service that chronicles the Bainbridge Island story of the exclusion and its impact on the community. Attendees will hear from a panel comprised of our own Lilly Kodama, Mary Woodward, Clarence Moriwaki, and NPS Ranger Kevin Mahe immediately following the showing. The evening will be hosted at Sakai Intermediate School at 6:30 p.m. Bearing the Unbearable will be featured at the NPS Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park at 3 p.m. daily in Seattle.

Sakai Intermediate School

Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School serves fifth and sixth grade students. The school is located at the heart of Bainbridge Island and adjacent to the grades 7-8 middle school. The school was named after Mr. Sakai, a first generation “Issei” man of Japanese ancestry. He came to Bainbridge Island in 1915 and began farming in 1918. When the U.S. declared war against Japan, Mr. Sakai and his family were interned in relocation camps. After nearly four years, the Sakai family was allowed to return to their Bainbridge Island home. When the time came for needing building sites for the new school in our district, the Sakai family offered a portion of their land at a nominal cost. Mr. Sakai passed away in 1957. Through all his struggles during his pioneering years and his relocation camp years, Mr. Sakai remained a hard working upbeat person whose spirit and perseverance instilled great values in his children. He valued education and was grateful for the opportunities it opened for his children.

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