March 6 — The Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California( JAHSSC) will sponsor their first JAHSSC Author/Artist Faire at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, 3301 W. Torrance Bl, Torrance 90503, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The following 19 authors will participate at the Faire, with Carolyn Sanwo of Heritage Source lending her support:
1. Chris Aihara, executive director, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
Books: Nikkei Donburi, Senshin Buddhist Temple Otoki Cookbook
2. Diana Meyers Bahr, Ph.D. Oral Historian. Book: “The Unquiet Nisei, the Oral History of the Life of Sue Kunitomi Embrey”
3. Jack Fujimoto, Ph.D., Sawtelle Japantown JIS Consultant. Book: “Sawtelle: West Los Angeles’s Japantown”
4. Don Hata, Ph.D., emeritus professor of History, Cal State Dominguez Hills (and late Nadine Ishitani Hata, Ph.D.) Books: “Japanese Americans and World War II: Mass Removal, Imprisonment and Redress”; “City of Promise: Race and Historical change in Los Angeles” (2006), 2 chapters on “Asian Pacific Americans”
Nadine Hata: “The Historic Preservation Movement in California, 1940-1976. Don & Nadine Hata: “Run Out and Ripped Off,” in special Asian-Pacific American edition of Civil Rights Digest, official journal of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, fall 1976.
5. Aiko Yoshinaga Herzig, researcher/consultant: Office of Redress Administration, Dept. of Justice, National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution. 30 pp publication: “Words Can Lie or Clarify: Terminology of the World War II Incarceration of Japanese Americans” (2009).
6. Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D., “Aratani Endowed Chair,” Asian American Studies Dept. Chair, UCLA.
Books: Common Ground: the Japanese American National Museum and the Culture of Collaborations; “Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens”
7. Naomi Hirahara, Edgar-award winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series. Books: “Summer of the Big Bachi, “Gasa Gasa Girl,” “Snakeskin Shamisen,” and Blood Hina .
8. Midori Kamei, retired college professor. Book: “Granddaughter of a Samurai”
9. Stanley N. Kanzaki, retired social worker/consultant: New York City Human Resources Administration. Book: “The Issei Prisoners of the San Pedro Internment Center”
10. traci kato kiriyama, interdisciplinary artist, writer, community arts educator & organizer.
11. Kathy Kobayashi, historical consultant. Book: “Shades of L.A.: Pictures from Ethnic Family Albums”
12. Eiko Irene Masuyama, volunteer, Nishi Hongwanji Temple Archives, Buddhist Churches of America Archives. Book: “Memories, The Buddhist Church Experience in the Camps, 1942-1945”
13. Valerie J. Matsumoto, Professor of History, Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA.
Books: “Farming the Home Place: A Japanese American Community in California, 1919-1982,” “Over the Edge: Remapping the American West” (collection of essays, including research on Nisei girls in prewar Southern California); “Asian American Art, A History, 1850-1970” (chapter on early Japanese American, Chinese American, and Korean American women artists in California/wide range of Issei and Nisei artists included throughout the book)
14. Glenn Omatsu, Lecturer in Asian American Studies & Educational Opportunity Program, California State University Northridge. Books: “Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment”; “Teaching About Asian Pacific Americans: Effective Activities, Strategies and Assignments for Classrooms and Communities”
15. Dale Ann Sato, M.S., local history researcher. Book: “Japanese Americans of the South Bay”
16. Kaori Tanegashima, retired Professor of Asian American Studies and Japanese Language, East Los Angeles College. Book: “Daughter of a Gun”
17. Ansho Mas Uchima, member, Japanese American Living Legacy and Nikkei Writers Guild
Book: “Fighting Spirit”
18. Sharon Yamato, writer, filmmaker. Book: “Moving Walls: Preserving the Barracks of America’s Concentration Camps” DVD: “Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn”
19. Wakako Yamauchi, short story writer. Book: “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” New release, Rosebud, in 2010.
Five artists: Mary Emi, quilter; Ruby Tabata, quilter; Mary Higuchi, painter; Mary Nomura, clothes designer; and Yasuko Sakamoto, Japanese artwork designs; will be featured in more detail at a later date.
For information about the Faire, contact chairperson, Iku Kiriyama, at [email protected] or (310) 326-0608.
Participating authors and artists are limited to JAHSSC members.