Panel to Discuss Seinan Neighborhood


Discover Nikkei, Japanese American Living Legacy and the Japanese American National Museum will host a panel discussion regarding “Seinan,” the southwest Los Angeles Japanese American enclave that thrived between the 1920s through the postwar years.

The panel will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, at JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum, 111 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo. Ray Uyemura will moderate the panel, which includes Ansho Mas Uchima, Minoru Shinmoto and Christine Uriu. Topics will include the community’s religious groups, language schools, public schools, and social clubs.

Admission is free with paid admission to the museum. The discussion will take place at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, located just across the courtyard from the JANM Pavilion. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. Attendees should allow for time to visit the museum before or after the panel discussion. See the museum’s website ( for admission prices.

Nikkei Writers Guild will host a book signing for “Seinan – Southwest Los Angeles: Stories and Experiences from Residents of Japanese Ancestry”  with both authors, Uchima and Shinmoto, immediately following the discussion. The book will be sold for $25.

For more information, contact Discover Nikkei by calling JANM at (213) 625-0414 and asking for Yoko Nishimura or going online to

For more information on Japanese American Living Legacy/Nikkei Writers Guild or to order this book and/or others, visit or call (657) 278-4483.


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