Erin Aoyama & Frank Abe

Online presentations

2021 Heart Mountain virtual pilgrimage“Authors of Incarceration” panel
Virtual Heart Mountain Pilgrimage
July 24, 2021

Ray Locker and Erin Aoyama of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation moderate a  panel “with the authors of the most popular books about Japanese American incarceration out now! Panelists include Frank Abe (We Hereby Refuse), Daniel James Brown (Facing the Mountain), Shirley Ann Higuchi (Setsuko’s Secret), and Bradford Pearson (The Eagles of Heart Mountain).”

2021 Minidoka Pilgrimage“The Minidoka Story in We Hereby Refuse
Virtual Minidoka Pilgrimage
June 17, 2021

Book talk with Erin Shigaki on that part of the story of Jim Akutsu and his family that unfolded at Minidoka, with a special focus on the Mothers Society petition to the President for restoration of citizenship rights for their sons before any drafting of them from camp.

Seattle Public Library event“We Hereby Refuse” Seattle book launch
Seattle Public Library, Elliott Bay Book Company, Densho, Wing Luke Museum
June 14, 2021

Authors Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura and artist Ross Ishikawa debut We Hereby Refuse for Seattle library patrons, in conversation with Densho’s Tom Ikeda. Co-sponsored by Densho and the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages logo“Book Talk: We Hereby Refuse
Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages
Black Friday Holiday Special, Nov. 27, 2020

Writers Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura read scenes from the graphic novel, and artist Ross Ishikawa to demonstrates the 3-D modeling he used to recreate the look of key historical settings. A one-hour conversation moderated by Erin Aoyama for the JAMP YouTube channel.

Escondido Public Library logo“Japanese American Voices in Graphic Novels”
Escondido Public Library Pop Culture Panel Series
October 27, 2020

A six-minute presentation by Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura on the characters in the graphic novel, followed by a panel in which they’re joined by  artist/writers Mari Naomi, Sarah Kuhn, Kiku Hughes, and Yuko Ota. Moderated by librarian Jessica Buck for the “One Book, One San Diego” program. 

The history and literature of Japanese American resistance to wartime incarceration

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