Emi Ito was born in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan. After college she became a make-up artist and wanted to try living and working abroad. She arrived in New York City to work in her field and found Saori freestyle weaving there, which was the beginning of her work in fiber arts.
In 2008 Emi and her husband moved to Bath, Maine.
Once in Maine she was welcomed into spinning and weaving community where she acquired more skills and found her own style--a hybrid between her Japanese roots and her American life.
To see her beautiful scarves and to view her schedule for upcoming craft shows visit www.emiito.com.
Music: "Ito" by Miyuki Nakajima
Lyrics to "Ito"
We have no idea
why we meet each other
We never know
when we'll meet each other
Where were you,
where have you lived your life?
Two stories playing
out under distant skies.
You're the vertical thread
I'm the horizontal thread
Maybe the cloth we weave
can warm someone up someday
The day I was uncertain about
my reason to live left some fraying
The day I fell down chasing my
dream left some fraying
I've trembled in the wind, anxious about
what a thread like me could become.
Toho was the only American-born member of his family. He and his brother were raised in California where his family had moved in the early 1970's for his father's work. They attended Japanese language and culture classes on Saturdays and visited Japan every summer.
He studied anthropology at Johns Hopkins University followed by a master's degree in public health. Today Toho Soma is the Director of Public Health for the City of Portland. He discusses what public health is and the role of social determinants of health in Maine. In the interview he also refers to some of the many partnerships the city has with other organizations which support immigrant health and well-being,
(click directly on them for links):
Care Partners at Maine Health
International Clinic at Maine Med Center
MAIN- Maine Access Immigrant Network
ILAP - Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Multilingual/Multicultural Center of Portland schools
Music: "Vektor" by Shugo Tokumaru
Naoto Inoue came to the United States from Japan in 1963 as an 11 year old. Today he is the President of Talmage Solar Engineering, Inc. in Arundel, Maine. Naoto's has been involved with renewable energy since the early 1970's. He shares his latest idea about a new way to think about sustainability with a more activated model which includes individual participation.
Music by Willie Nelson
Sunday, January 10, 2021 Kerem Durdag of GWI and The Indus Fund shares his passions for making sure immigrants have equal access to the tools they need to build a life here.