Book cover for 'Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker' by Harry Manaka on top of a background of a faded band image

Lectures & Discussions

Sansei Rocker Symposium

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Join a panel of “Sansei rockers” as they discuss Harry Manaka’s book, Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker, which explores the dynamic Japanese American music and dance scene of the ’60s and ’70s. Tina Fujino, Gerald Ishibashi, David Honjio, and Harry Manaka will reunite in a conversation about community, history, and rock music, moderated by actress Brittany Ishibashi.

Tickets to this program are sold out. Please click the link above to sign up for the waitlist and we will notify you if space becomes available.

 

Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker is available from the JANM Store.

We are thankful for the generosity of our members and audiences whose support allows us to continue to provide free and accessible programming. Please use the “additional donation” option when reserving tickets to donate what you can or become a member today by visiting janm.org/membership.

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Saturday, Jul 30, 2022

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT

Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Join a panel of “Sansei rockers” as they discuss Harry Manaka’s book, Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker, which explores the dynamic Japanese American music and dance scene of the ’60s and ’70s. Tina Fujino, Gerald Ishibashi, David Honjio, and Harry Manaka will reunite in a conversation about community, history, and rock music, moderated by actress Brittany Ishibashi.

Tickets to this program are sold out. Please click the link above to sign up for the waitlist and we will notify you if space becomes available.

 

Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker is available from the JANM Store.

We are thankful for the generosity of our members and audiences whose support allows us to continue to provide free and accessible programming. Please use the “additional donation” option when reserving tickets to donate what you can or become a member today by visiting janm.org/membership.

Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker

About the book:

From the mid ’60s to the late ’70s in the Los Angeles area, a generation of Sansei knew exactly what they would be doing on weekend nights. They would be attending a dance party at places like the Parkview Women’s Club, the Rodger Young Auditorium, or the Aeronautical Institute. In the beginning, they would be listening to groups like the Ambertones, the Blue Satins, the Emeralds, or Don Julian and the Meadowlarks. This would evolve into the formation of Asian American bands such as Thee Chozen Few, The Prophets, Carry On, Long Time Comin’, and Somethin’ Else.

Harry Manaka was in one of the premier bands of the Sansei Dance Party era. Chronicles of a Sansei Rocker detail his experiences as the keyboardist with Somethin’ Else from the early days playing at places like Parkview Women’s Club and the Rodger Young Auditorium. Harry and fellow musician, David Jingu, were also the owners of the popular Baby Lion Supper Club. David was tragically killed at the business in 1978.

Let Harry’s Chronicles provide you with a unique insider’s view of the bands that played during this era, how they came together, and how they chose their names. Get a close view of the individual musicians that comprised these bands and some of the interesting things they have to say about their experiences.

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