Events coming up for the first half of 2019

Thanks to all who came to hear us speak in 2018. The schedule for the first half of 2019 is shaping up as an even busier one, with events for JOHN OKADA, CONSCIENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION, and a look back at the first Day of Remembrance.  For updates on this calendar, please always check the Upcoming Events page on the main menu.

San Francisco Public Library logoSAN FRANCISCO, CA
Tues., Jan. 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street, Latino/Hispanic Rooms A & B 

JOHN OKADA book talk and signing with co-editor Frank Abe. RSVP via the Facebook Event.

Palo Alto City Library logo PALO ALTO, CA
Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm Palo Alto Rinconada Library
1213 Newell Road
Embarcadero Room

JOHN OKADA book talk and signing with co-editor Frank Abe. RSVP via the Facebook Event and download the flyer.

USC logoLOS ANGELES, CA
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
University of Southern California
Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
Doheny Memorial Library, East Asian Seminar Room

JOHN OKADA co-editors Frank Abe and Greg Robinson will present on the life of the author and the process of unearthing his lost stories. Free admission.  RSVP on their Event page.

museum logoLOS ANGELES, CA
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.

Southern California book launch for JOHN OKADA with co-editors Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and special guests, at an event moderated by Densho’s Brian Niiya. Admission free but RSVP at their Event page.

UCLA Asian American Studies CenterLOS ANGELES, CA
Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 @ 12:30 – 1:45 pm
University of California, Los Angeles
Kaplan Hall, Room A68 

Frank Abe will speak with students of Prof. Kelly Fong’s AAS 103 Social Science Research Methods class on the research behind the book, JOHN OKADA, and his film, CONSCIENCE AND THE CONSTITUTION.

JAJA group photo

NEW YORK, NY
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
JAJA – Japanese Americans and Japanese in America
12 W. 18th St, Apt #3E

JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe with speak with the informal potluck gathering of people of Japanese ancestry living in NY.

UConn logoSTORRS, CT
Thursday, February 21, 2019
University of Connecticut Asian and Asian American Studies Institute

2019 “Day of Remembrance” panel with JOHN OKADA co-editors Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung. Details to come.

New York Day of RemembranceNEW YORK, NY
Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Japanese American United Church
255 7th Avenue

“Day of Remembrance” co-founder Frank Abe will speak at the 2019 New York Day of Remembrance.

Hope College logoHOLLAND, MI
Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Hope College
Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, Schaap Auditorium

Frank Abe will present the college’s annual Asian Heritage Lecture, a campuswide event for students and faculty and open to the public.

Elliott Bay Book Company logoSEATTLE, WA
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue

Frank Abe will join Art Hansen in presenting Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura, in the area of Omura’s birth on Bainbridge Island. Hansen edited Omura’s wartime diary. Abe documented Omura in the film, Conscience and the Constitution, and provided the afterword to this new volume.

Association for Asian American Studies logoMADISON, WI
Thurs-Fri, April 25-26, 2019
Association for Asian American Studies annual conference

1) Frank Abe will speak on a panel chaired by Greg Robinson on “‘Rabbit in the Moon’ and ‘Conscience and the Constitution’: Looking Backward and Forward”, Thursday, April 25, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

2) JOHN OKADA co-editors Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung will reunite for a book signing sponsored by the University of Washington Press, Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

3) OKADA co-editor Floyd Cheung will chair a panel on “John Okada’s Unknown Works: Reassessing the (Un)governability of Japanese Americans in Mid-century America.,  Friday, April 26, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

UW Libraries logoSEATTLE, WA
Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
University of Washington Libraries “Libraries Unbound” fundraising dinner
Husky Union Building Ballrooms

JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe will serve as a “table author” for the Friends of the University of Washington Libraries 14th annual fundraising dinner, “Libraries Unbound.” John’s sister Connie was the longtime art librarian for the UW Libraries, and our book is indebted to the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries for the microfilms and bound volumes where we rediscovered all of Okada’s unknown works.

POWELL, WY
Thurs-Sat., July 25-27, 2019
2019 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage

There is a proposal in the works for a panel on the resistance of the Fair Play Committee to be held at this year’s pilgrimage. More to come.

And that’s just the first half of the year. Thanks for following this blog and hope to see you out on the road.

The first Day of Remembrance, Thanksgiving Weekend 1978

Forty years ago on Thanksgiving weekend, we gathered at Sick’s Stadium in Seattle’s Rainier Valley to kick-start the popular campaign for Japanese American redress.

Here’s the inside story of how it all came together, and where it led. Thanks to Natasha Varner for commissioning this piece for the Densho Blog.

The First Day of Remembrance, Thanksgiving Weekend 1978

Retracing the steps of the Minidoka draft resisters

While in Idaho for a symposium, I took the opportunity to research settings for the forthcoming graphic novel on camp resistance, in particular the places where the draft resisters from Minidoka were jailed and put on trial in September, 1944.

Ada County Courthouse, Boise

With the Friends of Minidoka — Hanako Wakatsuki, Mia Russell, and Kurt Yokoyama Ikeda — we started at the Ada County Courthouse, where Jim and Gene Ada County Courthouse interiorAkutsu and the other draft resisters were brought from camp and held in the old jail on the top floors. We could still see the iron grates over the windows, from where they could look out. The top floors are now sealed off from the public. Continue reading Retracing the steps of the Minidoka draft resisters

See video of Seattle book launch for “JOHN OKADA”

The Seattle book launch for JOHN OKADA was a fun one, thanks to the 85 people who joined us to celebrate the legacy of the Seattle novelist and help launch our new book on his life and unknown works.

speakers on panel Continue reading See video of Seattle book launch for “JOHN OKADA”

“Resistance, Resettlement, and Redress”

Frank Abe at podiumI’m no lawyer, but I could not say no when the Case Western Reserve Law Review asked for a piece based on our EO9066 panel last November.

The symposium offered me the opportunity to revisit the McDonald Maternity Hospital in Cleveland where I was born, just a block from the Western Reserve campus, and explore my own pre-history of the postwar resettlement of my father out of Heart Mountain and into the Midwest. Continue reading “Resistance, Resettlement, and Redress”

The first reviews are in for “JOHN OKADA”

Two early reviews, a podcast, and a Facebook Live video. First, thanks go to Edgar-Award winning novelist Naomi Hirahara for taking the time to comment on our book.

cover of Nichi Bei Times Nikkei literary pioneer re-examined reviewed by Naomi Hirahara, Nichi Bei Weekly, July 19. 2018

It’s an extremely readable book, a must-have companion piece to Okada’s novel … Abe, who lives in Okada’s early stomping grounds of Seattle, wrote the precise, well-researched 100-page biography of the author.

Continue reading The first reviews are in for “JOHN OKADA”

Lawsuit filed to block transfer of Tule Lake Segregation Center land

UPDATE: On August 27, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied, without prejudice, the Tule Lake Committee’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).  The order allows the Tule Lake Committee to file a renewed motion for
a TRO, which the Tule Lake Committee is preparing to file, and directs additional support on particular issues, according to a TLC news release, which added:

Continue reading Lawsuit filed to block transfer of Tule Lake Segregation Center land

Celebrations of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga and James Omura

Journalist Jimmie Omura’s “Return to the Wars” Diary Available at SuyamaProject.org Website

James Omura on book coverAn edited and annotated version of James Omura’s redress diary is now available at SuyamaProject.org, a website sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, which aims to preserve the history of Japanese American resistance during World War II, including but not limited to the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team draftees, draft resisters, No Nos, renunciants, and other Nikkei dissidents. Continue reading Celebrations of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga and James Omura

In Memoriam: Yosh Kuromiya, the man who drew the line

Yosh Kuromiya

The last major Nisei figure interviewed in our film is gone. We are mourning the loss of Heart Mountain resister Yosh Kuromiya at the age of 95. Continue reading In Memoriam: Yosh Kuromiya, the man who drew the line

“JOHN OKADA” and graphic novel presentations at Tule Lake and Minidoka

graphic novel presentation at Tule Lake PilgrimageTule Lake and Minidoka were two very different experiences for inmates, as I discovered after spending a week on the road at each of their camp pilgrimages.  But one thing stayed the same, and that was the warm reception given to our dual presentations on both JOHN OKADA and our graphic novel on camp resistance with the working title, We Hereby Refuse. Continue reading “JOHN OKADA” and graphic novel presentations at Tule Lake and Minidoka

RESISTERS.COM – The literature and history of Japanese American resistance to incarceration

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