Title: Velina Hasu Houston Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1986-1998
Acquisition numbers: 1691, 1768, 1793, 1794, 1812, 1899.
Houston, Velina Hasu
Extent: 924 cataloged items, plus ephemera (two boxes)
The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
The collection was acquired from Velina Hasu Houston between 1993-1998; the bulk of the collection was acquired between 1996-1998.
The collection is currently not open to researchers.
Literary rights are owned by Velina Hasu Houston. Her permission is necessary in order to photocopy any of her plays and for
the publication of lengthy quotations.
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission
from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical
property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances,
the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate
curator for further information.
[Identification of item], Velina Hasu Houston Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Velina Hasu Houston is a nationally recognized and award winning author of plays, screenplays, poetry, critical essays, and
drama anthologies. Her signature play
Tea, which chronicles the lives of Japanese "war brides"-women who married U.S. military personnel after WWII and moved to the
United States-has been produced internationally. Other plays include
Necessities, Kokoro, As Sometimes in a Dead Man's Face, Asa Ga Kimashita, and others. She is currently the head of the playwriting program at the University of Southern California.
The daughter of an African American/Blackfoot Indian soldier and a Japanese born "war bride," Houston grew up in Junction
City, Kansas, near Ft. Riley, where her father was stationed. Beginning in her childhood, she was acutely aware of her multicultural
identity. It is her multicultural background, along with the desire to help society learn about the cultural similarities
and differences among people, that drives her work.