JANM Associate Curator Steps Down


Patricia Wakida

Patricia Wakida has stepped down as the associate curator of history at the Japanese American National Museum, effective Nov. 15.

Wakida joined the museum in February 2010 in a grant-funded position to work on the research and development of the core exhibition, “Toward Justice for All: Learning from the Japanese American World War II Experience.”

She has developed further the concept of the ongoing World War II-focused exhibition and also worked in such areas as collections, exhibitions, and the Hirasaki National Resource Center.

Existing grant support for “Toward Justice for All” has ended and the project is temporarily on hold until the museum’s new CEO is hired (Akemi Kikumura Yano left earlier this year). The museum said that Wakida’s research and development will serve as the basis for the exhibition when the project resumes in the future.

Wakida said in an email to friends and associates that she is leaving “due to economic constraints that are hindering further development of the core exhibition.”

“It has been an incredible journey through which I have grown so much, both personally and professionally, and one that I will always cherish,” Wakida said. “I have been the beneficiary of tremendous guidance, support, and encouragement that so many people have extended during our research and development phase.”

Wakida, who was previously development and special projects director for Heyday Books in Berkeley, added, “Even though I will miss my colleagues and the company, I am looking forward to shifting my focus back to my writing and independent research.”

Following her departure, those with questions or concerns related to the curatorial department at the museum are asked to contact Clement Hanami at [email protected]


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