Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of APA Heritage Month (1978-2018)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events are happening throughout San Francisco in the month of May. This Master Calendar of events is compiled by the APA Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Mayor’s APA Heritage Celebration Committee and the Official Celebration Partners of the 40th Anniversary:
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Film Screening: Paper Lanterns
May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree with museum admission
“Paper Lanterns” is the true story of three men, two American and one Japanese, who survived the American bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Normand Brissette of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Ralph Neal of Corbin, Kentucky, were two of the 12 American POWs who were on the ground in Hiroshima that day, 1,300 feet from ground zero. On that same early August morning, a young Japanese boy, Shigeaki Mori, also witnessed the explosion. Mori spent over 35 years tracking down the stories of the American POWs who were in Hiroshima that day. He wanted to understand them, not as enemies, but as humans who suffered in one of history’s most tragic events.
Mori and his wife will be our special guests at this this screening, on their first visit to the United States. Director Barry Frechette and producer Nobuko Cleary Saito join Mori on stage for a Q&A following the screening.