OACC event organizer Pam Mei Harrison said she hoped the ceremony would serve as an opportunity for participants to reflect on a shared humanity, and the importance of the arts in building resilience, hope, and strength in working towards peace. The event was funded through a grant from the Asian Pacific Fund. Near sunset, attendees decorated lanterns that they floated on Lake Merritt. The lanterns were inspired by the Bay Area Japanese Lantern Ceremony for Peace , in which floating lanterns are used every year to remember the victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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Some homeless guy did a award winning James Brown impersonation and was promptly awarded with a visit from security for disturbing the peace, I had to leave so I did not get to see if it ended in fisticuffs, though he was pretty big with a voice that rivaled that of Morihei Ueshiba's mythic roar I doubt such power could match up against what looks like security guards on the hefty side. Attended a talk in the evening. Comfortable venue.