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Jay Hirabayashi

Executive Director, Kokoro Dance

Jay Hirabayashi is the Executive Director of Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver International Dance Festival. He was born in Seattle to Gordon and Esther Hirabayashi in 1947. After finishing an MA in Buddhist Studies at the University of British Columbia, he embarked on a career in contemporary dance. In 1986 Mr. Hirayabashi and his wife, Barbara Bourget, formed Kokoro Dance, a butoh contemporary dance company that has performed across Canada, the U.S., and in Europe. In 2000 Kokoro Dance initiated the Vancouver International Dance Festival, which annually presents Canadian and international dance artists in performances and workshops.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Hirabayashi, Korematsu, and Yasui: Family Perspectives [AUDIO]
Lorraine K. Bannai, Professor of Legal Skills and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University
Jay Hirabayashi, Executive Director, Kokoro Dance
Karen Korematsu, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education
Holly Yasui, CEDESA Centro de Desarrollo Agropecuario / Center for Agricultural Development


Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Redwood A & B
Topic: Speaking Up