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May Guild EXTRA Show

5pm Saturday, May 18th
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It is not well known that Oregon was attacked by the Japanese in WWII.  In collaboration with and based upon the work of independent film maker, Ilana Sol (On Paper Wings and Samurai in the Oregon Sky; storyteller, Alton Takiyama-Chung will tell the stories of the paper balloons armed with bombs sent across the Pacific to attack the US towards the end of WWII and how Oregon was bombed by a Japanese plane. Years later, in acts of reconciliation, some of the women, who helped make the balloons and the Japanese pilot, who dropped the bombs visit Oregon.  These are just some of the stories or remembrance and redemption, which will be shared in this Extra Portland Storytellers Guild Show on May 18, 2024.

About the teller:

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Alton Takiyama-Chung

Japanese-Korean storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung, grew up with the superstitions and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands.  He tells stories of Hawaii, of the Japanese-American experience of WWII, and Asian folktales, and has been a featured teller at the Timpanogas and National Storytelling Festivals, and at international storytelling festivals in the Cayman Islands, Singapore, India, Vietnam, and Thailand.  He also is the editor-in-chief of The Story Beast, a storytelling e-Publication ( and a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for National Storytelling Network, the national organization for storytellers in the US.

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