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‘Overflowing with Hope’ Opening Overflows

Alameda Post - the meeting room for the kick off of Overflowing with Hope : The Hidden History of Japanese Americans in Alameda exhibit. The chairs are full, and there is no more room to sit down
The opening of the exhibit was a very well attended by members of the community of all ages. Photo Adam Gillitt.

There was standing room only for the opening of the “Overflowing with Hope: The Hidden History of Japanese Americans in Alameda” exhibit at Alameda Free Library on Wednesday afternoon, May 17. The crowd filled the Stafford Room for the opening program to hear musicians and speakers and to peruse the displays. The deeply detailed exhibit documents the Japanese American community in Alameda and how it was broken up, with residents forcibly removed and incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. The walls of the Stafford Room are full of deep insights into the devastation that Alameda’s Japanese neighborhood and its residents experienced.

Alameda Post - visitors look at the Overflowing with Hope exhibit.
Overflowing with Hope: The Hidden History of Japanese Americans in Alameda is now open. Photos Adam Gillitt.

The exhibit will be open to the public through July 15. It is part of a three-year initiative of the Alameda Japanese American History Project, a partnership between the Alameda Free LibraryBuena Vista United Methodist Church, the Buddhist Temple of AlamedaDensho, the Internet Archive, and Rhythmix Cultural Works.

Alameda Post - an image from the Overflowing with Hope exhibit
This piece and many others are on display now at the Alameda Free Library. Photo in the display courtesy Takuritsu Morita. Photo of the display Adam Gillitt.
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