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2018 Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters During World War II, USC Shinso at JANMNewly Listed

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Date: Saturday, 8 December, 2018       Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Japanese American National Museum (
100 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 625-0414
Website: Click to Visit

"Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters During World War II"
Co-Sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hosted at the Japanese American National Museum (100 North Central Avenue)

A symposium exploring allies of Japanese Americans during World War II who defended and supported those living under martial law in Hawaii, in the U.S. military, and behind barbed wire in War Relocation Authority camps as well as in their resettlement once out of camp. Leading scholars, filmmakers, and writers present their findings about Buddhist and Christian clergy, African American and Chinese American leaders, and others who courageously spoke out for the Japanese American community.

10-10:15am Welcome Remarks from JANM an Duncan Williams (USC)

10:15am-12pm Session I: Race Relations and the Mass Incarceration

Screening of Emily Light: A Light in the Darkness and Discussion with Kimiko Marr (Filmmaker/ Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages)

Scott Kurashige (University of Washington) “Multiracial Solidarity in Little Tokyo and Bronzeville”

12pm-1:30pm Break

1:30-3:30pm Session II: Asian American Supporters Beyond the Camps: Hawai‘i and the Military

“Kansha, Hung Wai Ching, and How Hawai‘i Changed America”
Talk by Director Tom Coffman (Filmmaker/Author) and Screening of The First Battle

Edward Chang (UC Riverside) “Unsung Hero: Col. Young Oak Kim Story”

3:30-3:45pm Tea Break

3:45-5pm Session III: Buddhist-Christian Supporters of Faith

Michihiro Ama (University of Montana) “Revisiting Euro-American and Japanese-American Buddhist Interactions in 1930s and 1940s”

Beth Hessel (Presbyterian Historical Society) “Justice, Mercy, and Anti-Racism Efforts - Was it Enough?: White Protestant Allies of Japanese Americans”


Saturday, 8 December, 2018


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