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Kathy Masaoka

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Kathy Masaoka was born and raised in the multicultural neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. Coming of age during the late 1960s, the Vietnam War and Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley were important influences on Ms. Masaoka’s values and direction. Since 1971 she has worked on issues related to youth, workers, housing in Little Tokyo, and redress. Masaoka represented National Council on Redress and Reparations (NCRR) in Japan to support the rights of Koreans and other minorities. She currently conducts workshops with the NCRR Education Committee on the film Stand Up for Justice, and with the NCRR 9/11 Committee she helps to build relationships with the Muslim and South Asian communities through programs such as Bridging Communities.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 5

Power of Commission Hearings: First Person Voices of Japanese American Incarceration [AUDIO]
Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Department, UCLA
Richard Katsuda, Co-Chair, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress
Kathy Masaoka, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress
Kay Ochi, Co-Chair, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress


Time: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Willow B
Topic: Speaking Up