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Saturday, August 25, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura by James Matsumoto Omura; edited by Arthur A. Hansen

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The late journalist James “Jimmie” Omura was among the fiercest opponents of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. In his sharply written columns, Omura called out leaders in the Nikkei community for what he saw as their complicity with the US government’s unjust and unconstitutional policies. Among the first Nikkei to seek governmental redress and reparations for wartime violations of civil liberties and human rights, Omura paid dearly for his bravery; he was shunned by the Nikkei community and excluded from the standard narrative of Japanese American wartime incarceration until later in life.

In this vividly written memoir, scheduled for release on August 28, Omura provides an account of his early years and attempts to correct the “cockeyed history to which Japanese America has been exposed.” The book is edited and includes an introduction by historian Arthur A. Hansen, who will discuss the book and his friendship with Omura, and features contributions from activists and writers Frank Chin, Yosh Kuromiya, and Frank Abe.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with editor Art Hansen about Nisei Naysayer on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Life After Manzanar by Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist

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What happened to Japanese Americans when they were released from America’s concentration camps like Manzanar after World War II ended? Life after Manzanar seeks to answer this question by shedding light on the “Resettlement”—the relatively unexamined postwar period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry were finally released from custody.

Given $25 and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver, Chicago, and New York to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs.

Co-writers Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist will facilitate a discussion regarding different responses to the “resettlement.”

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Available at the JANM Store.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara

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The latest and final installment in the Mas Arai series finds the curmudgeonly detective returning to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative. However, Mas quickly becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy, who was about the same age he was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945.

Join award-winning author Naomi Hirahara for a reading and discussion.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Hiroshima Boy will be available at the JANM Store. Visit janmstore.com to purchase copies of the other books in the Mas Arai series.

Saturday, March 3, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams

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Featuring rarely seen photographs by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Japanese American photographers employed by the US government, Un-American is an extensive documentation of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The authors used key images from the National Archives and Library of Congress, and then tracked down many of the people in those photographs so that the subjects could share their experiences firsthand. Each photograph is thus seen in the context of a very personal history.

Un-American has been the subject of at least 30 radio shows across the country. It served as the basis of the documentary film And Then They Came for Us as well as a massive exhibition in Chicago. Join the authors for a stimulating discussion of this important book.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Available at the JANM Store.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Relocating Authority by Mira Shimabukuro

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Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration examines the ways Japanese Americans have continually used writing to respond to the circumstances of their community’s mass imprisonment during World War II. It highlights literacy’s enduring potential to participate in social change and assist an imprisoned people in relocating authority away from their captors and back to their community and themselves. Using both Nikkei cultural frameworks and community-specific history for inspiration and guidance, author Mira Shimabukuro shows how writing was used privately and publicly to individually survive and collectively resist the conditions of incarceration.

Join author Mira Shimabukuro for a stimulating talk moderated by Dr. Thomas Fujita-Rony, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, CSU Fullerton.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Co-sponsored by the Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center.

Available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with author Mira Shimabukuro about Relocating Authority on Discover Nikkei.

Read a review of Relocating Authority by Arthur A. Hansen on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Two Faces of Exclusion by Lon Kurashige

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From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, the United States has a long history of anti-Asian policies. In his latest book, author and USC Associate Professor of History Lon Kurashige demonstrates that despite widespread racism, Asian exclusion was not the product of an ongoing national consensus; it was a subject of fierce debate.

Two Faces of Exclusion examines the organized and well-funded opposition to discrimination that involved some of the most powerful public figures in American politics, business, religion, and academia. In recovering this opposition, Kurashige explains the rise and fall of exclusionist policies through an unstable and protracted political rivalry, arguing that exclusion-era policies were more than just enactments of racism—they were also catalysts for US-Asian cooperation and the basis for the 21st century’s tightly integrated Pacific world.

Join Kurashige for a stimulating discussion that will include a special focus on events leading up to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Available at the JANM Store.

 

 

 

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