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Tsukimi Kai in Cuba: an oral history project
March 20 – 29 main group
March 20 – April 2 – extended project
Tsukimi Kai is taking its fourth group to Cuba to follow connections further into the community of Cubans of Japanese descent and record oral histories. On this trip Tsukimi Kai will travel to Pinar del Rio province for the first time to meet with a grouping of families identified by our hosts the Interim Committee of the Society of Cubans of Japanese Descent. We will also renew old friendships and expand interviews with friends in Havana and the southern coast fishing village of Sugidero de Batabano.
Those able to stay in Cuba for the full two weeks will take the ferry to the Isle of Youth off the coast of Cuba to visit this farming area with a cohesive community that maintains activities in Japanese crafts, food and dance.
Day 1 Friday March 20, 2015
You will meet the entire group at the Miami International Airport, international charter flight check-in area. Tsukimi Kai coordinators will walk you through the check in process in Miami and also through immigration and customs in Havana. In Havana we will meet our Cuban guide and board our Amistur bus for a trip all of the way out to Pinar del Rio. It will be a scenic ride past Havana, through Havana province, over the mountains dividing the two provinces and down into Pinar del Rio where we will settle into our hotel and have the evening free.
Day 2 Saturday March 21
We will visit with families of Japanese descent who will be expecting us at a local community center. There, we will share stories and record their histories of immigration in the early 1900’s, community development, incarceration during WWII, recovery, the impact of the Revolution on their lives and life in the years since. We will share our cultural performance, share our stories and small gifts we have brought. Interviews will also be scheduled into the evening and the next day at the homes of families we meet today.
photo by Sandra Levinson
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