The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) and UCSB History Associates present City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950, a lecture by Valerie J. Matsumoto, Ph.D. on Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. at the Alhecama Theatre (914 Santa Barbara St.).
Even before wartime incarceration, Japanese Americans largely lived in separate cultural communities from their West Coast neighbors. Although the Nisei children, the American-born second generation, were U.S. citizens and were integrated in public schools, they were socially isolated in many ways from their peers. These young women found rapport in ethnocultural youth organizations, a forgotten world of female friendship and camaraderie that Valerie J. Matsumoto recovers in this book.
Come hear Valerie J. Matsumoto, Ph.D., author of City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950, highlight the ways in which urban Nisei daughters claimed modern femininity, an American identity, and public space from the Jazz Age through the postwar era. A book signing and reception will immediately follow the lecture.
Admission is free for SBTHP members, UCSB History Associates members, and students (with valid i.d.); non-members $5 suggested donation
For more information, visit sbthp.org or call 805/965-0093.