Tickets to this program include admission to JANM for Saturday, February 25, 2023. Pricing reflects general museum admission pricing. Learn more about visiting JANM at janm.org/visit.
Join longtime activist, elected official, and community member Warren T. Furutani for the launch of his new memoir, act•iv•ist, noun: a person who works to bring about political or social change. In his book, Furutani explores his decades-long career in organizing and public service and how he found his voice. The program will be highlighted by musical performances, including live music by jason chu, Joe Virata, and Alan and Marsha Furutani, and special guest speaker Mark Pulido.
This program is co-presented with JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.
The JANM Book Club is a series of Public Programs that highlight important new literary works related to Japanese American history and culture.
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About the book:
In his new memoir, act•iv•ist, noun: a person who works to bring about political or social change, Warren T. Furutani writes about his experiences of being a student, community and political activist for more than fifty years. He reflects on his personal evolution and growth through organizing the Asian and Pacific Islander American social justice movement, his career in community service, his perspective on current issues, and lessons that he learned from different times in his life.
Furutani reveals the struggles, pitfalls, and triumphs of public service with humor and insight about mentors, colleagues, and friends who guided his career and shaped him as a person. He also offers advice to politicians, educators, and community leaders on how to get the job done. act•iv•ist includes Furutani’s thoughts about issues such as anti-Asian hate, the homeless crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and immigration.