Reviews and features


The Record with Bill RadkeKUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle, June 14, 2021
The Record,” interview with Bill Radke
(third button on the webpage)

Discover NIkkei logoDiscover Nikkei, Los Angeles, June 11, 2021
We Hereby Refuse: The Illustrated Stories of Camp Resistance,” interview by Kyra Karatsu

Seattle Times logoSeattle Times, June 10, 2021
The Washingtonians behind ‘We Hereby Refuse’ take us inside this story of Japanese American resilience,” interview by Rebekah Denn

BooklistBooklist: the book review journal of the American Library Association, June 1 and June 15 double issue, 2021
Graphic Novels: Spotlight on Biography and Memoir,” ALA review by Terry Hong

Northwest Asian WeeklyNorthwest Asian Weekly, Seattle, June 10, 2021
We Hereby Refuse: Internment camp’s haunting history and humanity,” interview by Andrew Hamlin

Crosscut, Seattle, June 7, 2021
NW comic book chronicles Japanese Americans who fought internment,” feature by Paul Constant

APEX Express radioKPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley, CA, June 3, 2021
Never Again: The Resisters,”
radio interview with Miko Lee & Jalena Keene-Lee

Asian American Curriculum ProjectAsian American Curriculum Project, May 27, 2021
An Interview with Frank Abe,”
interview with Leonard Chan

Seattle Times logoThe Seattle Times,  May 27, 2021
Looking for some great summer reading? Here are 8 page-turners to start, ” review by Moira Macdonald

Rafu Shimpo logoRafu Shimpo, Los Angeles, May 18, 2021
BOOKS:  We Hereby Refuse Speaks Truth to Power to Young Readers,” review by Edward Iwata

South Seattle Emerald logoSouth Seattle Emerald, May 18, 2021
New Graphic Novel Tells Three Stories of Nikkei Resistance to  Wartime Incarceration,
interview by Mark Van Streefkerk

News Tribune mastheadThe News Tribune, Tacoma, May 9, 2021
Tacoma writer’s family history shapes graphic novel on resistance to WWII internment,”
news column by Matt Driscoll

KNKX logoKNKX 88.5 FM, Tacoma, May 8, 2021
A new graphic novel draws parallels between wartime incarceration and modern-day America,”
interview by Kevin Kniestedt

Sacramento Bee, May 4, 2021
Graphic novel shows Sacramento’s Japanese American WWII activists like you’ve never seen,”
Sunday feature by Ashley Wong

North American Post logoNorth American Post, Seattle, July 11, 2019
A flair for the dramatic, interview by Bruce Rutledge with  Frank Abe on development of We Hereby Refuse, the first Day of Remembrance, the fight for No-No Boy, and more.


2021 Minidoka Pilgrimage“The Minidoka Story in We Hereby Refuse
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.

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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