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Gila River and Mama: a documentary

Discover Nikkei Interview with Claire Mix published


Claire Mix was recently interviewed by Edward Yoshida for an article on the Discover Nikkei website. The article was published today and can be read for free online at

Screen shot 2011-07-26 at 3.14.22 PMYes, there were Caucasians who visited the Gila River concentration camp in Arizona during World War II. Eleanor Roosevelt was one such visitor because our government thought its white barracks made it “the most attractive camp” of all the camps. And yet, although the truly noteworthy Caucasians who frequented Gila River were not of such import, they were in fact immensely more important than the First Lady. Too often these individuals are not only regrettably forgotten, but also are virtually nonexistent when recounting the tragic incarceration of Japanese Americans in this country over half a century more -

August 2011 JANM Screening

Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story

has been scheduled for a screening at the

Japanese American National Museum
August 20, 2011 at 2 pm
in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.

369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Japanese American National Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry.

Its mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.

Calendar of Events, Aug 2011

College of San Mateo Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story has just been accepted into the College of San Mateo Asian Pacific American Film Festival.

For more information, visit
the College of San Mateo Asian Pacific American Film Festival Facebook page
College of San Mateo Event Calendar

Nisei Honorary Degree Ceremony

Dear Ms. Mix,

Last Friday, I gave the keynote address at the University of California, San Francisco ceremony at which honorary degrees were bestowed on Nisei students whose education was interrupted because of the concentration camps. Because I mentioned your mother in my speech, I thought you might be interested in reading it.

I hope this email finds you as well as can be expected and that you are finding your work on documenting your mother’s kindness and courage exhilarating and deeply satisfying.

Pat Hayashi

What a wonderful, beautiful day!

I have the honor of speaking to the UC community on behalf of the Japanese American community.

I also have the honor of speaking to the Nisei who are being honored today on behalf of their children and grandchildren…

… At Gila River, 15-year-old Ruth Mix lied about her age, so she could help out in the camp hospital. There, she and other workers smuggled in medical supplies, sanitary napkins, clothing, shoes – anything to help.

You told us about their acts of kindness and courage. But you never talked about your own.

But, now your stories are being told…

Documentary Update

Claire Mix’s documentary entitled “Gila River and Mama: The Ruth Mix Story”, which focuses on her mother and grandmother’s experience in a Japanese-American internment camp, will be completed by the end of December 2009. The premiere will be on or around February 19, which is the Day of Remembrance. Please check back to the blog for any further changes or updates.


Because of the positive reception of “The Barnsley Nightingale”, Claire is in the process of finishing another KidVid Digital entitled “Grampa’s Chair”. This video features the song Claire wrote about her father and how all of her students loved to play in his electric wheelchair. Featured soloist is Sean Warrick. Music arranged by his father, J.D. Warrick. You can hear more of J.D.’s musical arrangements at

Claire is in the preliminary stages of illustrating her children’s book entitled “Polly Sue Potts and her Magnificent Kite Flight”. This KidVid Digital is of a larger scale production and will be available to view in Spring 2010. It will be narrated by Delta Pick Mello, colorization by Chris Winner, and musical arrangements by J.D. Warrick and Jeremy Johnson. To see a preview of this up and coming project, head to the and click on Coming Attractions.

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