Erin Aoyama & Frank Abe

Online presentations

Tadaima! logo“We Hereby Refuse: The Next Generation”
Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage
September 18, 2021

Meet the children of the three main characters of our graphic novel — Jim Akutsu’s son Phillip, Mitsuye Endo’s daughter Wendy, and Hiroshi Kashiwagi’s son Soji — and hear their reactions to the characterization of their parents.

Sacramento Public Library eventAuthors Uncovered
Sacramento Public Library
August 25, 2021

Our conversation featured the Sacramento stories of young Mitsuye Endo and Hiroshi Kashiwagi, and Ross Ishikawa’s vibrant visual storytelling. Moderated by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Kara Ueda.

“Western Washington Gets Real: New graphic novel highlights resistance to Japanese American internment”
KIRO7 News
August 20, 2021

A four-minute feature with reporter Deborah Horne at the clock tower of King Street Station, talking about the graphic novel and my personal connections to the train station and nearby Immigration Detention Station.

KIRO-TV news set
Seattle Now and Then 360 title“Seattle Now & Then 360” at
King Street Station

Seattle Times
Pacific Northwest Magazine

August 8, 2021

A 12-minute audio interview with Frank Abe recorded by Jean Sherrard on location at King Street Station for his “Seattle Now & Then 360” YouTube channel, to accompany his Pacific Northwest Magazine feature in the Sunday Seattle Times.

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.

Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen“Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen”
Spectrum News One – LA West
May 26, 2021

For Charter Communications cable-tv subscribers in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to North San Diego County, a 9-minute conversation on “Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen” on Spectrum News One.

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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