UPCOMING BOOK EVENTS and FILM SCREENINGS
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.
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.
LOS 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.
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.
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, 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.
Frank Abe will present the college’s annual Asian Heritage Lecture, a campuswide event for students and faculty and open to the public.
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.
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. Time and place TBA.
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.
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.
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.
RECENT EVENTS and SCREENINGS
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PALO ALTO, CA
Thurs., Jan. 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm Palo Alto Rinconada Library
1213 Newell Road
SAN 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.
CHICAGO, IL Weds., Nov. 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm Japanese American Service Committee 4427 N. Clark Street JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe will trace the author’s development as an artist, with a special focus on how Okada revealed the emotional truth of the postwar resettlement of Japanese Americans while writing the novel in the Midwest. See the JASC flyer. RSVP via the Facebook Event and download the flyer.
SEATTLE, WA Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 719 S. King Street At The Wing’s first-ever “Book-O-Rama” book fair, JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe will chat with guests and sign books. At 12:30 in the theater he will discuss and show the Chinatown locations in No-No Boy. RSVP via the Facebook Event.
SEATTLE, WA Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm Kinokuniya Seattle 525 S. Weller St. inside Uwajimaya Village JOHN OKADA book talk and signing with co-editor Frank Abe, in the heart of Okada’s imaginative landscape for his novel, No-No Boy. RSVP via the Facebook Event and download the flyer.
EMERYVILLE, CA Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm J-Sei, 1285 66th Street The second half of a double-header for the Bay Area book launch of JOHN OKADA, with co-editors Frank Abe and Greg Robinson. RSVP via the Facebook Event and download the flyer.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 @ 12 noon National Japanese American Historical Society 1684 Post Street, San Francisco Japantown The first half of a double-header for the Bay Area book launch of JOHN OKADA, with co-editors Frank Abe and Greg Robinson. RSVP via the Facebook Event and download the flyer.
BOISE, ID Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm Civil Liberties Symposium Boise State University 1910 W University Dr. Keynote address by Frank Abe for the 13th annual Civil Liberties Symposium, on the 40th anniversary of the first “Day of Remembrance,” followed by a screening of Sharon Yamato’s film, Moving Walls. RSVP via the Facebook Event.
SEATTLE, WA Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, @ 2:00 pm Seattle Central Library 1000 Fourth Avenue Microsoft Auditorium Please join us for the book launch of JOHN OKADA: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of NO-NO BOY — on the 95th anniversary of his birth in Seattle, and at the Central Library where he once worked as a reference librarian. Co-editor Frank Abe will present images from his new biography of Okada, and join contributors Shawn Wong and Stephen Sumida for a conversation moderated by Tom Ikeda of Densho. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library, the Elliott Bay Book Company, Densho, and the Wing Luke Museum. Free to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. See the Seattle Channel video of the entire program or download and listen to the Seattle Public LIbrary podcast of the event
SEATTLE, WA Wednesday, August 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am Hing Hay Park, for the Wing Luke Asian Museum’s “It Happened Here” series Maynard and King Streets “The Chinatown landscape in John Okada’s No-No Boy: ” Under the pagoda at Hing Hay Park, JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe will share events on the corner of Maynard and King both fictional and real from the world of Seattle author John Okada. Frank will read from Okada’s classic novel set in Seattle’s historic Chinatown, No-No Boy, and point out the landmarks from Okada’s childhood at the Yakima Hotel, his postwar return to the Pacific Hotel, and sites from the life of Hajime Jim Akutsu, the real-life model for the novel’s protagonist. Sponsored by The Wing and the City of Seattle’s Urban Parks Partnership. UPDATE: The event was live-streamed on the Wing Luke Asian Museum’s Facebook page. SEE THE 40-MINUTE FACEBOOK VIDEO here.
PALO ALTO, CA Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm Palo Alto Buddhist Temple 2751 Louis Road, in the Hall JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe will speak and sign books at the Asian American Curriculum Project book exhibit in the Hall, during the cultural program attached to the 2018 Obon Festival. See the flyer.
TWIN FALLS, IDAHO Friday, July 6, 2018 @ 11:15 am Minidoka Pilgrimage College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Center, Room 87 “John Okada, No-No Boy, and the Draft Resistance at Minidoka”– Frank Abe will present a gallery of images that reveal the new biography and long-unseen short stories and play that inform his new book, JOHN OKADA: The Life and Rediscovered Works of the Author of No-No Boy. He will examine the draft resistance of Jim Akutsu at Minidoka, which provided a model for the protagonist of No-No Boy, and preview a forthcoming graphic novel portraying the Minidoka draft resisters as part of the entire story of camp resistance.
KLAMATH FALLS, OR Sunday, July 1, 2018 Tule Lake Pilgrimage Oregon Institute of Technology Frank Abe, Martha Nakagawa, and Takako Day will present a workshop on “No-No Boys, John Okada, and the Kibei Resistance at Tule Lake.” Drawing from the argument in Martha’s chapter for our book, JOHN OKADA: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy, and rejecting old stereotypes, this workshop will break down the false constructions of loyalty and disloyalty created by the government at Tule Lake through registration, segregation, and renunciation. We will examine the life of novelist John Okada, whose novel No-No Boy incorrectly framed the perception of Tule Lake resisters in the public and inside our own community. Takako Day, author of Show Me the Way to Go Home: The Moral Dilemma of Kibei No-No Boys in World War Two Incarceration Camps, will speak about Kibei dissenters at Tule Lake whom she interviewed in Japanese. We will also preview the storyline of my forthcoming graphic novel chronicling Japanese American resistance to incarceration, with a special focus on how the book seeks to reframe the registration crisis and renunciation at Tule Lake as expressions of protest and resistance. Moderator Art Hansen will lead a Q and A discussion. He will touch upon his new book, Nisei Naysayer, describe how journalist James Omura initially misunderstood the protest at Tule Lake against the loyalty oath, and compare the resistance at Tule Lake with other examples of dissent covered in his other forthcoming new book, Barbed Voices.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:40 pm American Literature Association Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Session 12-B: Okada and Beyond – Using a gallery of images, Frank Abe will reveal the new biography and long-unseen stories that inform our forthcoming book, “JOHN OKADA: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy.” Organized by The Circle for Asian American Literary Studies (CAALS). Chairs: David Cho, Hope College, and Christine Kitano, Ithaca College.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 8:00 am Association for Asian American Studies Westin St. Francis, Grand Ballroom Co-editors Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung and contributor Jeffrey Yamashita will introduce their forthcoming book, “JOHN OKADA: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the author of No-No Boy.” Panel S-12 in your program. At the panel, Abe will present the new information captured in his biography of Okada, supported with a gallery of images drawn from the author’s life. Cheung will investigate the influence of Okada’s college writing instructor on the creation of several previously unknown short stories which show the young writer experimenting with genre a decade before No-No Boy. Yamashita reviews two generations of critical literature on No-No Boy, reflecting shifts in approaches by the academic community. Robinson chairs the proceedings.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm 2018 Films of Remembrance New People Cinema, 1746 Post St. Filmmaker Frank Abe will moderate a discussion after a screening of “Speak Out For Justice” (2018, 14 min., see the trailer), Steve Nagano’s new film drawn from video of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings in Los Angeles in 1981.
SACRAMENTO, CA Fri., February 23, 2018 @ 1:00-3:00 pm ACC Senior Services 7334 Park City Drive CONSCIENCE will screen as part of the “Films of Resistance” series for the 2018 Day of Remembrance. Producer Frank Abe will speak on a panel moderated by Dr. Linda Revilla along with retired Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Charles Kobayashi and Dr. Phillip Akutsu of Sacramento State University, whose father Jim Akutsu is featured in our film and also in our forthcoming book on John Okada. Co-sponsored by the Jan Ken Po Cultural Association and supported by a grant from API Rise. Admission is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to [email protected] or (916) 393-9026.
PORTLAND, OREGON Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm Lincoln Hall 1620 SW Park Avenue CONSCIENCE screens in Portland on Pearl Harbor Day, in support of an event with artist Valerie Otani discussing “Voices of Remembrance,” her sculpture at the Portland Expo Center commemorating the 1942 incarceration of Japanese Americans. The announcement takes note of the fact that our narrator, Lawson Inada, was once Poet Laureate of Oregon.
CLEVELAND, OHIO Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm Tinkham-Veale University Center 11038 Bellflower Road The Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University is presenting Think Tank 2017, “Educating for Struggle: State Violence, Then and Now.” I’ll be speaking at Plenary Session I on the state violence involved with the WW2 incarceration. Free and open to the community. UPDATE: Here’s video of the presentation.
CLEVELAND, OHIO Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:45 am Case Western Reserve University School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59), 11075 East Blvd. Participating in a symposium sponsored by the Case Western Reserve Law Review on “National Security, National Origin, and the Constitution: 75 Years After Executive Order 9066.” The event brings me back to the place of my birth at Western Reserve Hospital, as a direct result of 9066. UPDATE: Here’s video of the presentation. SAN FRANCISCO, CA Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm Unitarian Universalist Center 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary Blvd. Free screening of CONSCIENCE as part of the Sensible Cinema series sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Council.
SEATTLE, WA Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:20 am University of Washington Gowan Hall 201 Speaking to Prof. Jeannie Shinozuka‘s class on “American Internment and Incarceration: Race, Discrimination, and Power” on the WW2 resistance and the immediacy of its meaning today. The class will have earlier screened CONSCIENCE. NEW YORK CITY Sunday, March 19, 2017 @ 3 pm 21 Pell Street Community Center A free and timely “pop-up” screening of CONSCIENCE, organized by NYC activists Corky Lee and Shirley Ng in historic Manhattan Chinatown to show the roots of #resistance to unjust executive orders and racial registries. A statement from the film’s producer will be read, and former Muslim U.S. Army Chaplin James Yee will attend the Q&A session afterwards. PALO ALTO, CA Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:30 pm Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library 3700 Middlefield Rd., Midtown Room, 1st floor Screening of CONSCIENCE on the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, with a post-screening conversation led by Susan Hayase, long-time activist for redress in the San Jose Japanese American community as part of the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee and the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, and the former vice-chair of the federal Civil Liberties Public Education Fund. BOTHELL, WA Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:00 am University of Washington, Bothell Speaking to Prof. Mira Shimabukuro‘s class on “Public Memory and Dissent” on the roots of redress in Seattle and the first Day of Remembrance. The class will have earlier screened CONSCIENCE. JERSEY CITY, NJ Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:30 am Westin Jersey City Newport Hotel, Liberty Room, 479 Washington Blvd. Screening free and open to the public, as part of a pre-convention film festival at the 2016 OCA National Convention, aka the Organization of Chinese Americans. The screening will be introduced by photography legend Corky Lee. Take the PATH train to Newport Mall station, for a five-minute walk to the hotel. KLAMATH FALLS, OR Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, 2016 Oregon Institute of Technology, Diamond Peak Room Two evening screenings for participants in the 2016 Tule Lake Pilgrimage. SEATTLE, WA Saturday, August 16, 2014 4:00 p.m. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience Tateuchi Story Theatre 719 South King Street “Acts of Resistance on Film.“ A screening and Q and A held in connection with two events — the Wing Luke’s current exhibition, “In Struggle: Asian American Acts of Resistance,” and ACT Theater’s production of Hold These Truths, a play about federal court defendant and draft resister Gordon Hirabayashi. SEATTLE, WA Thursday, February 20, 2014 South Seattle Community College Jerry Brockey Student Center, Room A 6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle For the college’s Day of Remembrance program, for students, faculty, staff and the larger community. All events are free and open to the public. SEATTLE, WA Saturday, November 2, 2013 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Nagomi Tea House, 519 Sixth Ave. S. In a program aimed at the Japanese-speaking community, we’ll screen a version of our film with Japanese subtitles that were created for us by the Fukuoka Film Festival. Presented by Hokubei Hochi Foundation, The North American Post, and Soy Source. Free admission with suggested donation. FIFE, WA Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:00 p.m. Fife History Museum Screening of CONSCIENCE and discussion with producer Frank Abe, local historian Ron Magden, Tacoma attorney Daniel C. Russ, and Elsie Taniguchi with Puyallup Valley JACL. SEATTLE, WA July 5, 2013 Japanese American National Museum annual conference Seattle Sheraton We’re sharing a DVD exhibit table, speaking at a panel on the “Tangled Routes to Japanese American Redress,” and moderating a Friday evening screening of Farewell to Manzanzar reunited with old friend Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. SEATTLE, WA April 17-20, 2013 Association for Asian American Studies annual conference Westin Seattle Held down a DVD exhibit table screening the film on a laptop and sharing the story with conference attendees. Also moderated a panel on “Revisiting the Sites of Japanese American Incarceration.” SAN FRANCISCO, CA Monday, February 18, 2013 5:30 pm “Films of Remembrance” Nihonmachi Little Friends, 1830 Sutter St. Our DVD featurette, “The JACL Apologizes,” caps off a full day series of screenings in San Francisco Japantown. The event is sponsored by the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium, the Nichi Bei Weekly and the National Japanese American Historical Society. Free admission. SEATTLE, WA Friday-Saturday, July 6-7, 2012 2012 JACL National Convention Bellevue Hyatt Regency In the author’s booth at various times both days, speaking with delegates and signing DVDs.
LOS ANGELES, CA Saturday, May 12, 2012 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Japanese American National Museum 100 N. Central Ave. Join us for the Southern California debut of the new Two-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD of “Conscience and the Constitution.” Producer Frank Abe will screen the film and debut a new DVD featurette, “The JACL Apologizes.” Q&A with the filmmaker and DVD signing will follow the screening. Admission is free to the museum and the screening, thanks to the “Target Free Family Day” in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND , WA Friday, March 30, 2012 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School 9343 Sportsman Club Road Bainbridge Islanders will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first forced removal of Japanese Americans in WW2 with “A Day of History, Honor and Healing. The day also celebrates the unique legacy of a community that stood by their Japanese American friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. The screening will be followed by a discussion with producer/writer Frank Abe, U.W. professor Dr. Tetsuden Kashima, and Bainbridge Island camp survivors. Download a printable program of the full day’s events. Admission is free. SEATTLE, WA Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience Tateuchi Story Theater 719 South King Street Please join us for the world premiere of the new Two-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD of Conscience and the Constitution. Producer Frank Abe will screen the film along with a new DVD featurette, “The JACL Apologizes,” on events that occurred after the film’s release, and answer questions. Admission is free. SCREENINGS AND WORKSHOPS Film Festivals Athens International Film & Video Festival, OH Big Muddy Film Festival (JOHN MICHAELS MEMORIAL AWARD finalist) Chicago Asian American Film Festival Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, WA Hawaii International Film Festival (BEST DOCUMENTARY finalist) Fukuoka Asian Film Festival, Japan NewFilmmakers Anthology series, New York City New York International Independent Film & Video Festival (BEST DOCUMENTARY, GRAND JURY PRIZE) Northwest Film & Video Festival, Portland Ohio Independent Film Festival (BEST DOCUMENTARY finalist) San Diego Asian Film Festival San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (BEST DOCUMENTARY, GEORGE SIDNEY INDEPENDENT FILM COMPETITION) Seattle Asian American Film Festival Singapore Film Festival, Fringe Fest Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival, Atlanta UrbanWorld Film Festival, New York City VC Film Fest 2000,the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival (BEST FEATURE FILM, AUDIENCE AWARD) Vermont International Film Festival (BEST OF FESTIVAL, WAR AND PEACE) Additional Awards AMERICAN SCENE AWARD: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists NATIONAL JOURNALISM AWARD: Asian American Journalists Association BEST MUSIC SCORE: Emerald City Awards, Seattle DARUMA CIVIL RIGHTS AWARD: Sacramento Asian American Community Colleges and Universities Clark Community College, Vancouver, WA Mills College, Oakland, CA North Seattle Community College Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA Sacramento City College San Francisco State University San Jose State University Seattle Central Community College St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, PA University of California, Santa Cruz University of Dayton, Dayton, OH University of Illinois, Chicago University of North Carolina University of North Carolina School of Law University of Washington, “The Nikkei Experience in the Pacific Northwest” conference Washington State University, Pullman Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA Willamette University, Salem, OR Libraries and Museums Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA Bellevue Regional Library, Bellevue, WA Bruggemeyer Memorial Library, Monterey Park, CA Fresno County Public Library Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Honolulu National Japanese American Historical Society, San Francisco Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch Phoenix Public Library San Diego Public Library Seattle Public Library Sunnyvale Public Library Torrance Public Library Washington Center for the Book, Seattle Public Library Teacher Training Workshops The College of Southern Idaho, Civil Liberties Symposium VI, Boise, ID Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, Cheyenne, WY Oral History Association annual meeting, St. Louis Prince William County Schools, Multicultural Summer Institute, Manassas,VA Seattle University Summer Institute Washington Library Media Association annual conference, Wenatchee, WA Washington State Council for the Social Studies fall in-service, Edmonds, WA Community Events Asian American Journalists Association national convention, New York City Civil Liberties Celebration, Seattle Day of Remembrance 2003, New York City JACL Bi-District Regional Conference, 2001 Kitsap Human Rights Network, Bremerton, WA Latah Human Rights Task Force, Moscow, ID Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, San Jose, CA Northridge United Methodist Church Nikkei 2000 conference, San Francisco, CA Pinedale High School Auditorium, Pinedale, WY Seattle City Council Spokane Human Rights Commission, WA Tule Lake Pilgrimage, 2002 Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice, Seattle Wyoming Grassroots Project