Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.
Great and uplifting film!
HILL COUNTRY AUTHORS SERIES
The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.
The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.
In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.
Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at www.folgeorgetown.org/calendar. Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.
The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
A Bitter and Sweet Story, Aptly Named
This discussion seemed to veer quickly away from the details of the book to greater societal and historical truths. Although Phyllis began the discussion with a question about the relationship between Henry and his father in the story, the group did not delve into that question. Instead we talked about general and specific group racism and other prejudicial behavior, particularly in light of war and the fear that comes from war. The treatment of the Japanese by the American people and the government during the 1940s was engendered by fear. Japan was indeed an enemy of the United States, and with the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor earned a reputation of being a dangerous and wily enemy. This then trickled down to the way Americans in the city saw all Japanese-Americans, even those who had been born and raised as Americans. Our discussion mostly focused on this situation and similar situations in history.
During WWII, German-Americans were also sent to camps in some cases, but those communities were not as dense and singular as the Japanese community in San Francisco, which is probably why their internment didn't become as famous. Someone mentioned that prejudice toward Japanese people was particularly easy to act on, because the Japanese look so much different from other Americans, as opposed to German-Americans. This led to some discussion about the differences among various Asian groups. German camps during the war in Colorado, Nevada, and California were not as well documented in history as the Japanese internment camps. Someone noted that the U.S. shipped German POWs to Texas and held them here during the war. German families had to lay low in Texas and probably throughout the Midwest during the war.
We had a mixture of opinions as to whether Henry's wife knew about or had a hand in Henry's father's request to intercept Henry's letters back and forth with Keiko. Some of us assumed that Ethel was at a lower level of the Post Office and never saw the letters; others figured that there were probably very few people working at the Post Office so that she probably did know about the interception. Regardless, her regard for Henry stemmed from his steadfast loyalty to Keiko.
We ended our discussion mentioning some of the ways that history is taught, and the prejudicial angles that are typically implied in textbooks. For example, what do the British children learn about the American Revolution? Most of us in our group are out of touch with what the current textbooks are teaching, but it seems they are edited to slant more toward what might be the current politically correct wishes as to what the truth had been, rather than the truth.
Patty mentioned that the Panama Hotel currently has a tourist area with a tearoom. You can ask for a tour to see the Japanese belongings that are still there and unclaimed.