Filipino and Japanese Migrant Workers Tell Their Story

SALINAS, CA– This Saturday, July 27, 2013, the National Steinbeck Center presents When Dreams are Interrupted – Fields of Migration, at 1 Main Street in Salinas, CA. This is a FREE performance open to the public and will start at 4:00 p.m.

When Dreams Are Interrupted – Fields of Migration
weaves together stories of Filipino and Japanese migrant workers who toiled in the fields across California, working side by side from the early 1900s until the onset of World War II when their histories diverged.

This new work, produced by Purple Moon dance Project, builds upon When Dreams are Interrupted, a site-specific multidisciplinary performance that examines the disruption of community with the forced upheaval and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

When Dreams are Interrupted has been performed in Berkeley, Fresno, Lodi, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, and Tule Lake in California, and most recently, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Project support is provided by the California Arts Council Creating Public Value and The California Endowment.

If you have any questions, please contact Jean Vengua at or 813-234-8799; or Jill Shiraki at or (510) 734-0875.

About the National Steinbeck Center

The National Steinbeck Center is located at One Main Street in Salinas, California, the birthplace of John Steinbeck. It is a museum and cultural institution with a mission to engage people in the exploration of culture, issues and the arts relevant to our times, inspired by the words of John Steinbeck. The Center offers multiple visitor experiences: the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall and changing art and cultural exhibits with a variety of education and public programs. For more information about this and other events, visit our website at