The first Annual PowellsWood Storytelling Festival is coming up fast… July 13 and 14! Andy Hobbs at the Federal Way Mirror just published a great feature article about the event. Click Here for the full article. Here’s an excerpt:
This entry was posted on 07/05/2012 in Northwest Gardening Blog by PowellsWood
Stories can last a few minutes to a half-hour, transporting audiences to a world created by the teller. Presenters include Alton Chung, who will share oral histories of Japanese-Americans from World War II. In his stories, Alton Chung brings emotions to the surface, colored by his own life experiences. He likens the storyteller’s role as a train conductor, leading the listeners on a ride.
For one story, Chung adopts the persona of a Japanese soldier who tries to save the lives of hundreds of girls forced to live with his fellow soldiers. The girls’ diaries shape the scope of Chung’s stories as he explores the horrors of war.
“It’s absolutely horrific what these girls went through,” said Chung, a native Hawaiian who now lives in Vancouver, Washington.
Chung researches the dark corners of his heritage, hoping to dig up stories that need to be told — stories that will help enrich the culture from which they came.
“A lot of these stories are so tightly held,” he said. “For me, it’s like learning history.”