Coming Out and Coming Home: Documenting the Voices of Queer and Trans Japanese AmericansSaturday, September 26, 2020
2:00 PM — 3:30 PM
The Japanese American community has not always broadly welcomed gay, transgender, and queer Nikkei people. It took courage for LGBTQ+ Nikkei to live openly and with integrity in decades past. Hear from four LGBTQ+ Japanese Americans who are forerunners of making Nikkei communities more accepting: Melvin Fujikawa, Gary Hayashi, Bill Tashima, and Mia Yamamoto. They will be in conversation with moderator Aya Tasaki. This virtual discussion will also include Barney Cheng, the award-winning filmmaker who directed "Okaeri Voices: An Oral History Project," a series of short Okaeri-produced documentaries about each of these figures that will be available for streaming during Visual Communications’ upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
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Read an article by Okaeri member Stan Yogi: Coming Out, Coming Home .
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