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Saturday, June 18, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion and Activist Panel—Serve the People by Karen L. Ishizuka


Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties tells the story of the social and cultural movement that knit disparate communities of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans into a political identity. Drawing on more than 120 interviews and illustrated with striking images from guerrilla publications, the book’s vivid narrative reveals the personal epiphanies and intimate stories of insurgent movers and shakers and ground-level activists alike. Serve the People paints a panoramic landscape of a radical time and aims to be the definitive history of Asian American political consciousness.

Recently honored at JANM’s 2016 Gala Dinner for her pioneering work in establishing the museum’s moving image collection and its Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, author Karen L. Ishizuka will lead a panel discussion on the Asian American movement in Los Angeles.

Featured will be three activists included in her book: Warren T. Furutani, an educator and politician who is currently in the running for California State Senator; Mike Murase, attorney, current Director of Service Programs for the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and co-founder of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; and Qris Yamashita, a graphic designer and artist whose unique graphic style helped to form a visual identity for the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American community. Also joining the panel will be traci kato-kiriyama, artist, educator, community organizer, and co-founder of Tuesday Night Project, a free public program dedicated to presenting AAPI artists and community organizations.

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

Serve the People is available at the JANM Store.

Author Discussion—Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice by Lorraine K. Bannai: June 4, 2016- None, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, June 4, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice by Lorraine K. Bannai


In 1942, 22-year-old Fred Korematsu refused to comply with orders that culminated in the forced removal of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast, resulting in Korematsu v. United States—one of the most infamous cases in Supreme Court history. The court affirmed his conviction, holding that the mass removal of Japanese Americans was justified by military necessity. Forty years later, Korematsu successfully reopened his case on proof that the wartime government had lied to the Court, helping to pave the way for redress for the Japanese American community.

Korematsu went on to travel the country to speak about his case and warn against sacrificing civil liberties during times of perceived crisis—lessons even more relevant today as some in the country have turned on Muslims, persons of Middle Eastern descent, and those perceived to look like them following recent terrorist attacks. For his efforts, Korematsu was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1998.

Lorraine Bannai was an attorney on the legal team that successfully pursued Korematsu’s 1983 coram nobis case. Her compelling book tells Korematsu’s story and explores the ways in which his case and the wartime incarceration continue to be relevant to American society today.

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

This book is available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with author Lorraine Bannai about the case and Enduring Conviction on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Sayonara Slam by Naomi Hirahara


Sayonara Slam is the highly anticipated sixth book in the award-winning Mas Arai mystery series. Set at Dodger Stadium during the Japan vs. Korea World Baseball Classic, the novel challenges its stoic protagonist—an aging, widowed Japanese American gardener from Altadena—with yet another multi-layered whodunit.

Who is that strange woman throwing knuckleball pitches to warm up the Japanese team? Who sent thugs to threaten Mas and accuse him of treason? What was in the deleted files on the murdered sportswriter’s computer, and did they hold secrets that led to his death? The more mysteries Mas uncovers, the deeper he gets drawn into a situation that soon grows dangerous and even threatens the affection of the woman he might someday admit he loves.

Join author and social historian Naomi Hirahara for a discussion of the backstory behind Sayonara Slam, which includes a little-known Japanese-style garden at Dodger Stadium, as well her journey to bring Japanese American stories to a mainstream audience. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo, Hirahara has published a number of nonfiction books on the Japanese American experience in addition to her mystery novels and books for younger readers.

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

Available at the JANM Store.

Saturday, January 23, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—The Japanese American Story by S. Floyd Mori


This book is a collection of speeches and articles that were written and presented by S. Floyd Mori while he was representing the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, as National Executive Director and CEO, Director of Public Policy, and National President.

The book tells the story of the wrongful incarceration of 120,000 Japanese American citizens during World War II in order to ensure that such a violation of citizens’ rights is never repeated. Mori also discusses civil rights issues and the history of the JACL and the Japanese American community. Proceeds from book sales will benefit Japanese American and civil rights organizations.

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

The Japanese American Story is available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with Floyd Mori about his book on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, January 9, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Taken from the Paradise Isle by Heidi Kim


George and Tamae Hoshida and their children were a Japanese American family who lived in Hawai‘i. In 1942, George was arrested as a “potentially dangerous alien” and incarcerated in a series of camps over the next two years. Tamae sought to reunite with George, and was eventually sent to the Jerome Relocation Center in Arkansas with her three of her daughters, including a newborn. She was forced to leave her handicapped eldest daughter behind in a nursing home. George and Tamae regularly exchanged letters during this time, and George maintained a diary including personal thoughts, watercolors, and sketches.

Taken from the Paradise Isle tells the story of the Japanese American incarceration through selections from George Hoshida’s memoir, diary, letters, and artworks. These first-person sources are bolstered by extensive archival documents and editor Heidi Kim’s historical contextualization. The book provides a new and important perspective on the tragedy of the incarceration as it affected Japanese American families in Hawai‘i, adding to the growing body of literature that illuminates the violation of Nikkei civil rights during World War II.

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

Taken from the Paradise Isle is available at the JANM Store.

View drawings and watercolors from George Hoshida’s diary online.

Read an interview with Taken from the Paradise Isle editor Heidi Kim on Discover Nikkei.

Read an overview of George Hoshida’s WWII incarceration experience on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, November 21, 2015
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Infamy and The Train to Crystal City


Utilizing survivor interviews, private letters and memoirs, and historical archives, Richard Reeves’ Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II is a sweeping narrative of the U.S. government’s forced imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II tells the shocking and never-before-heard story of a secret, FDR-approved World War II prisoner exchange program in which German, Japanese, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children were traded for “more important” American prisoners of war stuck behind enemy lines.

Both authors will discuss their works. Copies of both books will be available for purchase and signing.

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

Both books are available from the JANM Store:
The Train to Crystal City




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