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Review: Christian Kiefer creates dreamlike tragedy in “Phantoms”

“Phantoms,” by American River College English professor Christian Kiefer, is a dreamlike narrative about the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II and how it affected the people in Newcastle, Calif. (Photo Illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Patrick Hyun Wilson

May 13, 2019

After returning from the Western front during World War II, Ray Takahashi visits his childhood home in Newcastle, California. While there, he visits old acquaintances, childhood friends and old neighbors from a life who are far removed from the life he was living in the August of 1945. However, his re...

Is a photo really worth 1000 words?

This photograph is used to question the narrative possibility in photography. Depicted in the photo are a group of people, in a barge, on a body of water, but is there really a narrative? (Photo by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Patrick Hyun Wilson

October 25, 2018

The cabin is dark; rocking on the sunbeat waves, people wait for shore. The haiku above encapsulates the entirety of the photograph that accompanies this essay. The photograph creates more questions than it answers. Who are they? Where are they going? What lies ahead for them? These questions ca...

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