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History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991)
A close up of a Japanese woman smiling

October 19, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Jacobs Hall



Join us on Free Third Thursday, October 19 for a film screening in collaboration with Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) and the San Diego Asian Film Festival:

History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige (1991) by Rea Tajiri

Filmmaker Rea Tajiri’s family was among the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Drawing from a variety of sources—Hollywood spectacle, government propaganda, newsreels, memories of the living, and spirits of the dead—History and Memory offers a poetic exploration of recorded history and unrecorded memory.

Following the film screening will be a Q&A with Tajiri and UCSD Associate Professor and visual artist, Nguyen Tan Hoang. Refreshments will be available from The Kitchen.

***Reserved tickets for this event are sold out, but tickets will be offered on stand-by (if available) on the day of.***


Rea Tajiri

Rea Tajiri is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and educator who creates installation, documentary and experimental films. Her work situates itself in poetic, non-traditional storytelling forms to encourage dialog and reflection around buried histories. Tajiri is a Sansei who grew up in Rogers Park, Chicago and Van Nuys, California. She earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied post-studio art. Upon graduation, Tajiri began working in video art, two early shorts were included in the Whitney Biennials of 1989 and 1991.

The San Diego Asian Film Festival and Pacific Arts Movement

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is the flagship event of Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian and Asian American cinema. The festival is dedicated to highlighting the diversity and breadth of Asian Pacific Islander and Asian international images, from impassioned independent voices and provocative documentary subjects to the top hits from the world’s biggest continent, the latest works from the masters of cinema, and the fresh points of view of Asian Pacific Islander American filmmakers. The 24th San Diego Asian Film Festival will take place November 2-11, 2023 in theaters across San Diego County. Tickets available at

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Top: Still from "History and Memory," courtesy of the artist.