‘Community Builders: JA Activism’ at JANM

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From left: Alan Nishio, Evelyn Yoshimura, Lloyd Inui, Tetsuden Kashima

The Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St. in Little Tokyo, will host “Community Builders: Japanese American Activism, 1960-1980” on Saturday, April 21.

Part 2 of this three-part series, will be presented from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Alan Nishio, Evelyn Yoshimura and students from UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union will discuss Little Tokyo and Japanese American community activism during the 1960s.

Nishio is president of the Little Tokyo Service Center and former associate vice president for student services at CSU Long Beach. Yoshimura is community organizing director at LTSC. Both have been involved in redevelopment, redress and other community causes.

Part 3, to be held from 2 to 4 p.m., will feature a conversation with Professor Lloyd Inui, Professor Tetsuden Kashima and students from UCLA’s Asian Pacific Islander Undergraduate Association about the Asian American studies movement and the future of ethnic studies.

Inui is professor emeritus of Asian and Asian American studies at CSULB and an advisor to JANM. Kashima is a professor of ethnic studies at University of Washington and the author of “Buddhism in America” and “Judgment Without Trial.”

This free program is generously sponsored by the George and Sakaye Aratani CARE (Community Advancement Research Endowment) Grant, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA.

For more information on the museum, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.

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