Join and learn with Seattle-born Erin Shigaki as she discusses her work including the short film To Repair, in which Erin and friend Chris Rabb explore their Japanese American and African American history and experience respectively, finding common ground and creating an offering of solidarity building. Attend in-person or remote via Zoom. Contact Sunny at APISTUDENTS-AC@BELLEVUECOLLEGE.EDU for more information and Zoom link.
Beyond the Betrayal is a lyrically written memoir by Yoshito Kuromiya (1923–2018), a Nisei member of the Fair Play Committee (FPC), which was organized at the Heart Mountain concentration camp. This work presents an insider’s perspective on the FPC and the infamous trial condemning its members’ efforts. It offers not only a beautifully written account of an important moment in US history but also a rare acknowledgment of dissension within the resistance movement, both between the young men who went to prison and their older leaders and also among the young men themselves. Kuromiya’s narrative is enriched by contributions from Frank Chin, Eric L. Muller, and Lawson Fusao Inada. Arthur Hansen, the book’s editor, will discuss this first book-length account by a Nisei World War II draft resister with local author and editor Frank Abe. More information at: HTTPS://WWW.ELLIOTTBAYBOOK.COM/EVENTS/20230201
Celebrate the annual Lunar New Year in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District with stunning non-stop live cultural entertainment and kids costume parade. Treat your taste buds to the popular Food Walk and enter to win prizes unique to the C-ID. Bring your family and friends to this exciting and unique opportunity you can only find in the Chinatown-International District! Welcome the Year of the Rabbit! HTTPS://WWW.SEATTLECHINATOWNID.COM/EXPERIENCES
The Lunar New Year 5k is back in person! Stay safe, stay active! Celebrate 2023 Lunar New Year with a 5k run with our community! All runners and walkers of any age are welcome! Every dollar from registrations will fund free and low-cost health care services for patients in our community. All participants will get event swag, and a FREE event T-shirt (guaranteed when you register before Feb 10th). For registration and information, go to: HTTPS://RUNSIGNUP.COM/RACE/WA/SHORELINE/LUNAR5KRUNWALK
81 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which lead to the forced removal and indefinite incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and beyond. One of the temporary detention sites was at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, where we will hold a Ceremony of Remembrance. Another federal detention site exists today for migrants held by ICE at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where we will hold a Ceremony of Solidarity. Join us for either or both! More information by writing to: INFO@SEATTLEJACL.ORG.
The exhibit leads visitors through a historical narrative beginning with the experience of Japanese American incarcerees in the 1940s and the complicated feelings of shame, anger, fear, and varied faces of resistance from within the community. Through the following decades, the story illustrates the generational trauma and cultural aftershocks of incarceration, while highlighting the lingering sense of injustice and awakening to justice movements at home and abroad. The exhibit draws parallels between the stigmatization of Japanese Americans and modern-day anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Indigenous, anti-Black, and anti-immigrant policies. Visitors leave with a final prompt to consider: In the pursuit of justice, how will you show solidarity for movements today and into the future? Through art, first-person accounts, historical material, and artifacts, this exhibit connects Japanese American resistance movements during the WWII era to modern BIPOC justice movements and activism today. HTTPS://WWW.WINGLUKE.ORG/EXHIBIT-RESISTERS