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The Holocaust Center for Humanity will be hosting an upcoming virtual Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, November 14th, from noon-1 p.m. Author Josh Tuininga will be discussing his new graphic novel, We Are Not Strangers. Inspired by a true story, this graphic novel follows a Jewish immigrant’s efforts to help his Japanese neighbors while they are incarcerated during World War II.

When Marco Calvo arrives at the Jewish Synagogue to attend his grandfather’s funeral, he is caught off guard by something very unexpected. Among his close family and friends there are some people he doesn’t recognize at all. Several Japanese American families have arrived and no one is quite sure why they are here. Who are these strangers that knew his grandfather so well?

What Marco discovers leads him on a journey to explore the powerful true story of his Jewish grandfather who sided with Japanese families during the incarceration camps of WWII. Set in the multicultural Seattle Central District of the 1940s, We Are Not Strangers explores the unique situation of Japanese and Jewish Americans living side by side in a country at war. These perspectives converge in a portrait of a community’s struggle with race, responsibility and what it truly means to be an American.

REGISTER now to reserve your spot and gain access to the event via Zoom. Learn more on the Holocaust Center for Humanity website.

Josh Tuininga is an author, artist, and designer living in North Bend, Washington. After studying fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he founded an art and design agency, where he continues to work as its creative director. His work has been published in Communication Arts magazine and HOW Design magazine, and he was awarded with the Communication Arts Award for excellence in illustration. Tuininga is the author of the children’s books Why Blue? (Xist Publishing, 2014) and Dream On (Indiegogo campaign, 2019). We Are Not Strangers, which has been awarded a 4Culture Heritage Grant, is his first graphic novel.