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Thank you to all who joined us at our fourth National Conference, Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity, held July 4–7, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.

Visit our Conference Highlights page to see a slideshow of photos and links to articles, audio and video from the presentations and speeches, and more!


The emotion, information, reflection, and enlightenment was an epiphany and I left with a newfound respect, appreciation, and admiration. It was a truly humbling and profound experience.
Dan Okada, Ph.D., 2008 National Conference attendee,
Professor, California State University, Sacramento, Division of Criminal Justice


On July 4 through July 7, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, the Japanese American National Museum will present its fourth national conference—SPEAKING UP! DEMOCRACY, JUSTICE, DIGNITY. The Conference will explore the historic and contemporary connections of the Japanese American experience to local, state, and national histories.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted redress and reparations to Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. Attendees will hear firsthand about the crafting of the Civil Liberties Act, including the factors that led to its creation and the pioneering involvement of the Pacific Northwest's Japanese American community. There will also be opportunities to hear from those incarcerated in the War Relocation Authority camps of Heart Mountain, Minidoka, Tule Lake, and Manzanar.

Additionally, special Conference bus and walking tours and other activities such as the screening of Farewell to Manzanar, Community Marketplace, and Expo are being offered to ensure an impactful Conference experience for all participants, young and old.

What to expect

Those familiar with the success of our three previous conferences—in Los Angeles, Little Rock, and Denver—know that JANM will present a powerful, content-rich, and transformative slate of multiethnic, multigenerational speakers, presentations, and activities. More than 1,000 participants of all ages and backgrounds from across the country will once again convene to learn and reflect upon the journey endured by the Issei and Nisei, in particular the significance of that journey within the context of the larger American story.

Who should attend

Throughout the Conference participants will encounter many ways to learn and connect to the unique aspects of the Japanese American story. Whether it is from hearing the last remaining first-person voices from the World War II experience to discovering your own family and community history, the Conference will transform and inspire all to remember and reflect on the meaning and implications of the issues surrounding civil rights, democracy, and dignity. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gather with your family, friends, and others to better understand how the past can shape a better future.

Be a part of history in the making and engage in the important dialogue about the lessons and legacies of the Japanese American story.

Why this is important

The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Through its educational programming including the 2013 National Conference, exhibitions, media arts productions, Museum Store, online resources, and through its comprehensive collection of more than 80,000 unique Japanese American objects, images, and documents, JANM shares the Japanese American story with a national and international audience as an integral part of our nation's history.

Partners & Sponsors (back to top ⇑)

The 2013 National Conference is made possible through the generous support and participation from our Conference partners, donors, and sponsors. It is through such collaborations that JANM is able to continue to present its highly-regarded educational programming and outreach.

Thank you to our National Conference Partners and Sponsors!


Contact Us (back to top ⇑)

Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel 213.625.0414 x 2218 • Fax 213.687.9140 • janm.org

For 2013 National Conference inquiries, please contact seattle@janm.org, or call 213.625.0414, ext. 2218.