The Walla Walla Diversity Coalition's annual Freedom from Discrimination Month events in October will focus on the theme of "Immigration Perspectives: The Asian Experience and Current Issues."
- Thursday, 7 p.m., Maxey Auditorium, Whitman College - "Within the Silence," a 30-minute presentation about Japanese internment during WWII by Becky Chong of Living Voices, a multi-media performance company from Seattle. It will be followed by a panel discussion of current immigration and civil rights issues. The panel includes Chong; Jazmn Santa Cruz, One America; Wendy Hernandez, local immigration attorney; Hassan Ziada, Islamic Center of Tri-Cities; and moderation by Diversity Coalition member and attorney Dan Clark.
- Friday, 9:10 a.m., Lincoln Alternative High School - Becky Chong will present "Within the Silence" at a school assembly.
- Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Walla Walla Public Library - "Climbing Gold Mountain, Gum Sahn: Chinese Pioneers in the Western Frontier" by storyteller Rebecca Hom of the Humanities Washington program.
- Oct. 21, Walla Walla Community College - Rebecca Hom will speak to an open class in the morning and join a delegation from Seattle's Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience to study burials in the Chinese section of Mountain View Cemetery. Work will include providing translations of gravestone markings to the city for its cemetery records and as subject matter for a future Wing Luke exhibit.
The Coalition also has published a list of books on immigration and immigration issues at promotediversity.org/events. Books are available at the Walla Walla Public Library.