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Japanese American
National Museum

"Assessment & Planning Meeting"
June 24-26, 1999

On June 24-26, 1999, 22 research participants of the International Nikkei Research Project (INRP) met at the Japanese American National Museum to discuss their research and to exchange ideas and insights into "what it means to be Nikkei" in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States.

The three-day meetings were organized into two types of sessions--smaller "Focus Sessions" and general "Open Sessions," where we had the service of simultaneous translation in English, Japanese, and Spanish--in order to maximize the opportunities for researchers to discuss their projects in formal and informal group settings. Members were encouraged to compare experiences, share concepts, look for convergences, and ultimately to consider revisions of the conceptual framework, the themes, the data gathering and final write-up of their research findings.

The three-day meetings were thought-provoking, challenging, and exciting, at once expanding the borders and boundaries of our assumptions, definitions and imaginations. While more in-depth analysis of the discussions will be made available in the future, we are presenting at this time summary reports of the four "Focus Sessions" submitted by facilitators Lane Hirabayashi, Jim Hirabayashi, Lloyd Inui, and Eiichiro Azuma, and a summary report submitted by Richard Kosaki who participated as the facilitator of the "Open Sessions."

We invite you to read the biographical profiles and research abstracts of all INRP research participants posted on our INRP web site.

We wish to thank the participating scholars and institutions who are collaborating with us on the INRP and to extend special thanks to the many volunteers and supporters who helped to make our out-of-town visitors feel at home. We are grateful to The Nippon Foundation for their continued support of the Japanese American National Museum and our commitment to make available the research and educational materials developed through the INRP to millions of individuals and institutions around the world.

Akemi Kikumura-Yano
International Nikkei Research Project
August 12, 1999