Nikkei Newspaper Forum to Be Held at JANM on April 2

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The Japanese American National Museum is partnering with four publications to present “From Newsprint to New Media: The Evolving Role of Nikkei Newspapers,” a public program about the changing situation of Japanese American vernaculars, on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum, First and Central in Little Tokyo.

Presented as part of JANM’s “Discover Nikkei” series, the program will celebrate the history, discuss the current state, and ponder the future of Nikkei community newspapers.

These newspapers were originally Japanese-language publications that served an important role as the glue that held together the Issei immigrants with local information about their communities as well as the latest news from Japan. Later, their function in the community expanded as they served the English-speaking Nisei and Sansei generations. But in recent years, the media industry has been in an upheaval, and many Nikkei community newspapers have shut down.

The recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan have highlighted the role that the community’s media still plays in disseminating information to Nikkei living in America. With the future of Japanese American newspapers in doubt, a discussion of how mass communication might evolve is a timely topic.

“From Newsprint to New Media” will feature moderator Gil Asakawa, who will present a brief presentation on the historic roles of Nikkei community newspapers, followed by a panel discussion with Gwen Muranaka of The Rafu Shimpo; Kenji G. Taguma of Nichi Bei Foundation/Nichi Bei Weekly, Shigeharu Higashi of the Cultural News, and George Johnston of Nikkei Nation.

There will be a Q&A following the panel to engage other journalists and community members in the dialogue. The program will be followed by a light reception where participants will have an opportunity to further connect and share.

A slideshow of images will be shown 15 minutes prior to the program from the museum’s extensive Rafu Shimpo/Toyo Miyatake collection, which will present a look at the community’s past.

Presented by JANM with The Rafu Shimpo, Nichi Bei Foundation, Cultural News, and Nikkei Nation, this program is free to JANM members or with museum admission. Reservations are recommended to [email protected] or (213) 625-0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

 

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