2008 National Conference » Speakers

Akemi Kikumura Yano

President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum

Dr. Kikumura holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and is an award-winning author and playwright. Dr. Kikumura has taught anthropology and ethnic studies at the University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles. She is best known for her book, Through Harsh Winters: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Woman. Her play, The Gambling Den, received the Ruby Yoshino Schaar Playwright Award. Dr. Kikumura was the curator of the inaugural exhibit of the Museum, "Issei Pioneers: Hawaii and the Mainland 1885-1924," and has overseen the development and implementation of the Museum's National Partnership Program which includes projects such as "In This Great Land of Freedom: The Japanese Pioneers of Oregon," "The Kona Coffee Story: Along The Hawai`i Belt Road," and the Hawai`i Japanese American History Project.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 4

Meet JANM
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom Foyer, 3rd Level
Topic: General Activity

Welcome Program and Special Veterans Panel
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 555, Centennial, Colorado; Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 21, Arvada, Colorado, Honorary Color Guard Escorts
Jennie Chin Hansen, President-Elect, AARP
Kenny Endo, Taiko Artist, Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
Edward Ichiyama, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Mitchell Maki, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, Medal of Honor Recipient
Mustang Cadet Squadron, Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Centennial, Colorado, Presentation of Colors
National Anthem, Elaine and Emily Kazutomi
George Sakato, Medal of Honor Recipient
Kaoru Watanabe, Fue Artist
Time: 12:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity

How Objects Speak: Collecting and Interpreting Personal Histories
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Capitol 7, 4th Floor
Topic: Passing It Forward

Saturday, July 5

Banquet Dinner with Keynote Speakers - U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
Adele Arakawa, Anchor, 9News
Denver Taiko
Ernie Doizaki, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Japanese American National Museum
Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator, State of Hawai'i
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity