Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, @ 2:00 pm
Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
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. RSVP via the Facebook Event.
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.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
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.
At The Wing’s first-ever “Book-O-Rama” book fair, JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe will chat with guests and sign books.
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.
PALO ALTO, CA
Thurs., January 10, 2019, 7:00 pm
Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library
3700 Middlefield Rd., Midtown Room, 1st floor
JOHN OKADA book talk and signing with co-editor Frank Abe.
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.
April 25-27, 2019
Association for Asian American Studies annual conference
Details to come.
RECENT EVENTS and SCREENINGS
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. 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 393-9026.
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.
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.
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.
Free screening of CONSCIENCE as part of the Sensible Cinema series sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Council.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Two evening screenings for participants in the 2016 Tule Lake Pilgrimage.
“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.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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
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)
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
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