Who knew when we started the Day of Remembrance that I’d still be talking about it 45 years later. Nevertheless, here we are, hitting the road for five DOR events in 2024. For further updates as the month progresses, check the Events page.
Monday, February 12, 2024, 6:00-8:00 pm
UW Nikkei Student Union Day of Remembrance program
Speaking on “Resistance, Redress, and the Day of Remembrance,” I will link the camp resistance in We Hereby Refuse to the constitutional stand for redress brought forward by the first Day of Remembrance, for the University of Washington Nikkei Student Union. Register here.
Saturday, February 17, 2024, 2:00-4:00 pm
“Threads of Remembrance: 45 Years of Activism, Community, and Reparations”
Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave.
For the Portland Day of Remembrance, I’ll join Peggy Nagae and Chisao Hata on a panel recalling our work with the local community to create the very first DOR in Portland 45 years ago, on February 17, 1979, on a panel moderated by Mira Shimabukuro. Sponsored by Portland JACL and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon. Free registration here.
Monday, February 19, 2024, 1:00-2:15 pm
“Resisters: Japanese American Incarceration Stories and Literature”
Chapman University, Argyros Forum, Room 209C
For Chapman University’s Day of Remembrance I’ll be speaking to students about our graphic novel We Hereby Refuse, in support of Prof. Stephanie Takaragawa’s brilliant online exhibit, “Images and Imaginings of Internment: Comics and Illustrations of Wartime Incarceration.” I’ll then engage in conversation with Prof. Rei Magosaki and Audrey Fong of The Soapberry Review about the forthcoming Penguin anthology of The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration.
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 6:30 pm
Philadelphia Day of Remembrance
University of Pennsylvania
Irvine Auditorium – Amado Recital Hall
Speaking on “Resistance, Redress, and the Day of Remembrance,” I will link the camp resistance in We Hereby Refuse to the constitutional stand for redress brought forward by the first Day of Remembrance, to Rob Buscher’s class on “Asian American Activism” and the community. Sponsored by the UPenn Asian American Across the Disciplines Series and Philadelphia JACL. Free registration here.
Film festival debut of new animation by the Seattle Channel based on the Jim Akutsu story in We Hereby Refuse. The film will be paired with Sharon Yamato’s revelatory new film on attorney Wayne Collins. Join us for a post-screening discussion on both days. Sponsored by the Nichi Bei Foundation. Facebook Event here. See the trailer for the “Films of Resistance” program below and get tickets here.