On February 26, a new exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles titled Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration opened with a virtual preview and talk by curators Duncan Ryuken Williams and Emily Anderson. The exhibit, sponsored by the Museum and the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, features artifacts never before seen that showcase the role faith played for Japanese Americans during incarceration. On April 2 the museum hosted an in-person grand opening program and reception, and on August 13 a procession of interfaith clergy, mainly Buddhist priests, will carry the Ireicho Book of Names, a book containing the names of the victims of incarceration, for formal installation in the museum’s atrium as an addition to the exhibit. The names in the book (compiled by Williams) are meant to be chanted as a form of remembrance. Sutra and Bible runs until November 27, 2022.

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