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The new graphic novel, We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration, presents an original vision of America’s past with disturbing links to the American present. Through the distinct but interconnected stories of Jim Akutsu, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and Mitsuye Endo, three Japanese Americans who resisted imprisonment in American concentration camps during WWII, We Hereby Refuse exposes the often untold stories of the camp experience.
In this program, writers Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura will come together for a conversation and reading of their graphic novel. They will be joined by artist Ross Ishikawa to talk about his process recreating Japanese American history with 3-D modeling and YURI Education Project creators who will share the free online resources that accompany the book. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Kelly Fong, Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA.
This program is co-sponsored by the George and Sakaye Aratani CARE Award, UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.
Read a Discover Nikkei article by Tamiko Nimura about writing We Hereby Refuse. READ NOW