OKLAHOMA CITY —
Wakida, the writer and historian, will be teaching linoleum carving and printing during the journey as well as conducting oral histories with people she encounters. As a fourth-generation Japanese American who grew up in California’s Central Valley, Wakida said the Joad family’s forced migration mirror her family’s experience.
During World War II, both her mother and father were forced into American internment camps.
“Those unseen circumstances that can change your destiny are seen throughout American history and are reminders to us all that the cycles of economics, prejudice, and the need to participate in a democratic society are always with us,” she said.
Wakida said she hopes to provide people with a chance to share their history and how they overcome obstacles like high unemployment, droughts and floods, healthcare woes and more.