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Lectures & Discussions

Nisei Radicals with Diane Fujino, Ron Fujiyoshi & Miya Sommers

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Join author Diane Fujino, activist-minister Ron Fujiyoshi, and community organizer Miya Sommers in a conversation around Fujino’s newest book, Nisei Radicals: The Feminist Poetics and Transformative Ministry of Mitsuye Yamada and Michael Yasutake. Fujiyoshi, a long time friend of Yasutake, will share on his experiences working alongside Yasutake with a shared “jubilee liberation praxis.” Sommers will provide context for these stories within the current landscape of Japanese American community organizing. Portions of an interview with Yamada by Fujino will also be shared. 
 
Demanding liberation, advocating for the oppressed, and organizing for justice, Mitsuye Yamada (1923–) and Michael Yasutake (1920–2001) rebelled against respectability and assimilation, charting their own paths for what it means to be Nisei. Weaving together the stories of two distinct but intrinsically connected political lives, Nisei Radicals examines the siblings’ half century of dedication to global movements, including multicultural feminism, Puerto Rican independence, Japanese American redress, Indigenous sovereignty, and more. From displacement and invisibility to insurgent mobilization, Yamada and Yasutake rejected stereotypes and fought to dismantle systems of injustice. 

Nisei Radicals is available now from the JANM Store.

RSVPs are required; please use the ticket link

Saturday, Jun 05, 2021

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM PDT

You will be emailed Zoom links and instructions on how to join our webinar. Please register with the email that is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.
 

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Join author Diane Fujino, activist-minister Ron Fujiyoshi, and community organizer Miya Sommers in a conversation around Fujino’s newest book, Nisei Radicals: The Feminist Poetics and Transformative Ministry of Mitsuye Yamada and Michael Yasutake. Fujiyoshi, a long time friend of Yasutake, will share on his experiences working alongside Yasutake with a shared “jubilee liberation praxis.” Sommers will provide context for these stories within the current landscape of Japanese American community organizing. Portions of an interview with Yamada by Fujino will also be shared. 
 
Demanding liberation, advocating for the oppressed, and organizing for justice, Mitsuye Yamada (1923–) and Michael Yasutake (1920–2001) rebelled against respectability and assimilation, charting their own paths for what it means to be Nisei. Weaving together the stories of two distinct but intrinsically connected political lives, Nisei Radicals examines the siblings’ half century of dedication to global movements, including multicultural feminism, Puerto Rican independence, Japanese American redress, Indigenous sovereignty, and more. From displacement and invisibility to insurgent mobilization, Yamada and Yasutake rejected stereotypes and fought to dismantle systems of injustice. 

Nisei Radicals is available now from the JANM Store.

RSVPs are required; please use the ticket link

You will be emailed Zoom links and instructions on how to join our webinar. Please register with the email that is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.
 

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