UPCOMING BOOK EVENTS and FILM SCREENINGS
Co-editor Frank Abe will present a visual gallery of images showing how the life of John Okada informed his work, and contend that it is time to declare No-No Boy as “The Great Nisei Novel” envisioned by his contemporaries. Frank will also discuss a new project to collect fiction and poetry published in Japanese by Issei and Kibei Nisei incarcerees for an anthology of the literature of Japanese American incarceration. Preceding Frank on the program will be research scientist Lyle de Souza, speaking on Nikkei literature in Australia. See the Facebook Event.
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. RSVP via the Facebook Event.
JOHN OKADA co-editor Frank Abe will present a talk and sign books in connection with the museum’s new exhibition, A Thousand Words Worth: Washington Authors Tell Stories Through Objects, which includes a section with John Okada’s opening lines to No-No Boy. Included with museum admission, free for members.
Thurs-Fri, April 25-26, 2019
Association for Asian American Studies annual conference
Madison Concourse Hotel
1) Thursday, April 25, 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Assembly Room. Filmmakers Frank Abe, Emiko Omori, and Chizu Omori will speak on a panel chaired by Greg Robinson on “‘Rabbit in the Moon’ and ‘Conscience and the Constitution’: Looking Backward and Forward.” Panelists: Elena Tajima Creef will analyze the visual and photographic elements of these films and how they interact with their storylines. Robert Hayashi will discuss storytelling in the films and their narrative strategies. Jonathan van Harmelen will situate the two films within the history of the documentary film. Karen Inouye and Chris Suh will discuss the historical legacy of the films and their use as teaching tools, both inside the classroom and outside. RSVP via the Facebook Event.
2) Time TBA. JOHN OKADA co-editors Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung will reunite for a book signing at the University of Washington Press exhibit table.
3) Friday, April 26, 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the Caucus Room. 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.” RSVP via the Facebook Event. Presenters:
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.
SAN JOSE, CA
Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth St.
JOHN OKADA book talk and signing with co-editor Frank Abe.
Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm & 3:20 pm
2019 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage
“Resisters & Their Legacy:” Documentarian Frank Abe, resister Tak Hoshizaki, and historian Art Hansen will discuss the draft resistance movement at Heart Mountain and the living legacy of the largest organized resistance to the mass wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans in WW2. The panel will be presented twice to accommodate all pilgrims. Download the preliminary schedule.
RECENT EVENTS and SCREENINGS
For the college’s annual Asian Heritage Education and Diversity Lecture, Frank Abe will share the personal journey that led him to help reframe the narrative around the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans – from resettlement in the Midwest, to redress for the injustice, to recovery of the story of resistance to that injustice. Included will be excerpts from his film, Conscience and the Constitution. Throughout, he will relate this experience to that of those targeted in America today on the basis of race, religion, or immigration status. Open to the public. Presented in collaboration with the college’s Phelps Scholars Program, Hope’s Asian Perspective Association, the Center for Global Engagement and the Department of American Ethnic Studies. Download the PDF flyer and see the Facebook Event.
Co-editor Frank Abe will speak about the books JOHN OKADA and No-No Boy with students of Vince Schleitwiler’s Japanese American Incarceration class.
NEW YORK, NY
Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Japanese American United Church
255 7th Avenue
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Films of Remembrance
New People Cinema
1746 Post St.
Our extended interview with James Omura from Disc Two of the Conscience and the Constitution DVD will screen as part of “Voices of Resistance,” a free multimedia presentation with author Art Hansen. Art will present his two new books, Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura and Barbed Voices: Oral History, Resistance, and the World War II Japanese American Social Disaster. The free presentation kicks off the 2019 Films of Remembrance festival.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 4:00-6:00 pm
University of Connecticut Asian and Asian American Studies Institute
Homer Babbidge Library, Room 1102
2019 “Day of Remembrance” panel at UConn with JOHN OKADA co-editors Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung. Sponsored by the UConn Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and the UConn Asian American Cultural Center. Download the PDF flyer and RSVP via the Event page.
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. RSVP at their Event page.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Frank Abe introduces professor Duncan Ryuken Williams, Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, for the launch of American Sutra: Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American Internment, a groundbreaking history of Japanese American Buddhists put in camp while insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American. Download the PDF flyer and RSVP via the Event page.
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. Download the PDF flyer.
LOS 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.
LOS 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 and download the PDF flyer.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
525 S. Weller St. inside Uwajimaya Village
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
J-Sei, 1285 66th Street
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Wing Luke Asian Museum’s “It Happened Here” series
Hing Hay Park, 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 Live video here.
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.
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.
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.
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 T
uesday, 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.
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.
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 of CONSCIENCE 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.
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.
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.”
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 am
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 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
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