Author Event - Bouncing Back: Community, Resilience & Curiosity with Isao Fujimoto

The Avid Reader is excited to welcome Davis author, Isao Fujimoto for reading, discussion, and signing of his memoir, "Bouncing Back: Community, Resilience & Curiosity" on Friday, September 22nd at 7:30 p.m.  

“If one needs hope in a period of collective anxiety,” says Christopher Breiseth,  Director of the Frances Perkins Center in NY, “I advise reading a remarkable memoir by rural sociologist and community organizer, Isao Fujimoto.  Bouncing Back: Community, Resilience, and Curiosity is not only the journey of a very special human being.  It is the story of turning despair into hope.”

Fujimoto’s story begins with his father’s emigration from a small fishing village in Japan to the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington. The close-knit Japanese immigrant farming community there is forcibly removed and incarcerated by the U.S. Government during WWII.    With his father sent to a different detention camp, Fujimoto, at age 8, writes letters for his mother to help reunite their family.  After the war, the family starts over in Northern California and, eventually, begins growing strawberries.

The eldest of 13 children, Fujimoto becomes the first in his family to attend college.  His classes at UC Berkeley are often larger than his hometown.  Fujimoto’s curiosity leads him to explore every building on the UCB campus and join in a wide variety of activities, from judo to leading a student delegation to Indonesia. 

In 2010, at the age of 76, Fujimoto receives his Ph.D. from Cornell University fifty years after he began his studies there.  His dissertation is based on his decades-long work with marginalized, multi-ethnic immigrant communities in California’s Central Valley and around the world.   An innovative and beloved faculty member at UC Davis for more than 50 years,  Fujimoto – now 83 – reflects on  the practices of perseverance, community, and gratitude he learned from his parents.

Event date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
The Avid Reader
Bouncing Back: Community, Resilience, and Community Cover Image
ISBN: 9781546914259
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 2nd, 2017