2008 National Conference » Speakers

John Tateishi

John Tateishi was born and raised in Los Angeles and was imprisoned with his family at Manzanar, one of America’s ten concentration camps during WWII. He attended UC Berkeley as an English Literature major in the early 1960s and did his graduate studies in Literature at UC Davis, after which he and his wife moved to London, England for a few years. After returning to the US, he taught at the City College of San Francisco and became involved with the JACL redress efforts. As the chairman of the JACL’s National Redress Committee and JACL Redress Director, he crafted the legislative and public affairs strategies that led to the creation of a federal commission and culminated in the successful passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. He is the author of And Justice for All and a contributing author to Last Witnesses. He has appeared on national television and radio, and is the 2007 recipient of the Spendlove Prize on Social Justice.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Redressing America: Civil Liberties and Social Justice Activism in Post-World War II
Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga
Mitchell Maki, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Alan Nishio, Associate Faculty Member, California State University, Long Beach
John Tateishi
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Capitol 2 & 3, 4th Floor
Topic: Diversity, Democracy, and Social Justice