Live Stream with Shirley Ann Higuchi - Setsuko's Secret


A heart felt and personal account of living in a Japanese Incarceration Camp; A History Book Talk

As children, Shirley Ann Higuchi and her brothers knew Heart Mountain only as the place their parents met, imagining it as a great Stardust Ballroom in rural Wyoming. As they grew older, they would come to recognize the name as a source of great sadness and shame for their older family members, part of the generation of Japanese Americans forced into the hastily built concentration camp in the aftermath of Executive Order 9066.

Only after a serious cancer diagnosis did Shirley's mother, Setsuko, share her vision for a museum at the site of the former camp, where she had been donating funds and volunteering in secret for many years. After Setsuko's death, Shirley skeptically accepted an invitation to visit the site, a journey that would forever change her life and introduce her to a part of her mother she never knew.
Navigating the complicated terrain of the Japanese American experience, Shirley patched together Setsuko's story and came to understand the forces and generational trauma that shaped her own life. Moving seamlessly between family and communal history, Setsuko's Secret offers a clear window into the "camp life" that was rarely revealed to the children of the incarcerated. This volume powerfully insists that we reckon with the pain in our collective American past.

Shirley Ann Higuchi joins Tattered Cover on Wednesday November 4th at 5pm MT on YouTube to discuss her newest book, Setsuko's Secret.



This event is free and open to the public. It will be live streamed on our YouTube channel. You can watch the live stream HERE and even set reminders for when we go live. The event will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel after the event.


Event date: 
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 5:00pm
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Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299327804
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 20th, 2020