Emperor Divine smallBROOKDALE READ


We will share a common intellectual experience as we read the novel When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka. The book follows one Japanese American family's experience when they were forced to live in an internment camp during World War II. Programs will be held throughout the semester, centered on the novel’s themes of racism, prejudice, and the dangers of stereotyping. READ MORE

  • Armenian Exhibit 100x140Contact Chhange to purchase: Hundred-Year Legacy of Courage: Celebrating the Lives of Armenian Genocide Survivors in Our Community.

  • ChiyoMoriuchi 100x140pBrookdale Read speaker, N. Chiyo Moriuchi, October 6, 2016.

  • The Cats of Mirikitani 100x140pFilm: Jimmy Mirikitani, internment camp survivor and artist, November 3, 2016.

  • Julie Otsuka 100x140pJulie Otsuka, author of When the Emperor was Divine, November 17, 2016.


 The Generations Book/Film Club Meeting

Last Stop Kew Gardens 370Last Stop Kew Gardens, a film by Robert H. Lieberman, documents the life of the Jewish refugees from Central Europe who, fleeing the Holocaust, settled in this Queens neighborhood. Discussion will follow.

Growing up in Kew Gardens, Queens, in the 1940s and ‘50s, the children of Jewish refugees from Central Europe shared a certain sense of unease, or even guilt—a legacy of their identity as children of Holocaust survivors… 

Robert H. Lieberman, a senior lecturer in physics at Cornell University, a writer and filmmaker, says in his 54-minute semi-autobiographical film, ‘Maybe I wrote it for a sense of closure…. whatever the reason, the door to my past suddenly flung open. We were different…Our parents left behind their loved ones, who would be murdered. All they could take with them were memories of a world that no longer existed.’

(Excerpted from The New York Times, April 22, 2009)


Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:00 PM
Bankier Library Building, Parking Lot 5
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ  07738

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