The Red Pines
This companion piece portrays the struggle of Japanese-American immigrants on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and the legacy of their culture in the present-day community. From the story of Zenhichi Harui, a Japanese immigrant who came to Bainbridge Island in 1908, to the present day nursery business run by his son, Junkoh, the film traces the obstacles overcome by the Japanese pioneers and their families. Bainbridge Island represented a unique opportunity for the Japanese immigrants, with a multicultural community that tolerated diversity. Even so, from the laws preventing Asians from purchasing land to the internment during World War II, the Japanese-Americans had to exert an extraordinary amount of spirit and hard work to prosper.
THE RED PINES is distributed by New Day Films. You can order it at their website by clicking here.
(Running time – 11 minutes)