NATIONAL JAPANESE AMERICAN CITIZENS LEAGUE

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Workshop Descriptions

Session 1- Friday, August 2 (10:15AM - 11:15AM)

Uplift & Listen: An Open Dialogue with Local Community

Location: Sun Valley 

Speakers: Jake Fitisemanu Jr., Michael Kwan, Antonella Packard, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Pablo Quintana, & Mary Ya

This workshop will uplift the voices of South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders, who will discuss the issues that impact them and their communities. This will be an opportunity for the panelists to share their experiences and how the broader AAPI community can help amplify their causes and messages.

Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. Part 1

Location: Olympus 

Speakers: Linda Harms Ozaki 

Are you eager to start researching your family history? Are you interested in learning more about your roots? Join genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki as she helps you to get organized, offers tips for interviewing family, and explains which records are relevant to your family history. Part 1 of this 2-lecture seminar covers the basics of family history. These sequential lectures are suitable for all levels and include Q&A.

JACL Chapters in Motion: Addressing Family Separation at the Border and Muslim Ban: From Resolution to Action

Location: Teton 

Speakers: Josh Kaizuka,

Stan Shikuma,

& Nancy Ukai

In 2018, JACL passed two resolutions on detention of immigrants/refugees and the Muslim Ban. What have local chapters done to implement these resolutions? How can we “Stop Repeating History?” JACL chapters share how current government policies resonate with family and community WWII experiences and actions. We examine how Islamophobia resulting in the Muslim Ban echoes anti-Japanese hysteria prior to Pearl Harbor and discuss ways to support our Muslim neighbors. Attendees are invited to share experiences of protecting civil liberties and holding the government accountable while showing that “Never Again Is Now.” Includes a screening of the short film by Emiko Omori, “The Cranes Have Landed.”

Session 2- Friday, August 2 (4:00PM- 5:00PM)

What Does It Mean To Be An American? Mineta Legacy Project

Location: Teton

Speakers: Secretary Norman Mineta & Rylan Sekiguchi

As a 10-year-old boy in 1942, Norman Mineta was powerless when his country imprisoned him and his family in a fit of wartime hysteria. But nearly 60 years later, he sat at the highest levels of government as the United States reeled from 9/11 and began experiencing a new hysteria. In times of crisis like these, how has the institution of civil liberties been affected by individuals like Mineta whose voices guide government policy? Learn about a new Stanford-developed online curriculum that can be used in the classroom and to support your local JACL chapter’s advocacy and school-outreach efforts.

Finding Your Japanese Roots in the US. Part 2

Location: Olympus 

Speakers: Linda Harms Ozaki 

Are you eager to start researching your family history? Are you interested in learning more about your roots? Join genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki as she helps you to get organized, offers tips for interviewing family, and explains which records are relevant to your family history. Part 1 of this 2-lecture seminar covers the basics of family history. These sequential lectures are suitable for all levels and include Q&A.

Multigenerational Trauma Discussion on the Japanese American Incarceration

Location: Flagstaff 

Speakers: Shirley Ann Higuchi, Dr. Karen Cone-Uemura, and Dr. Lisa Nakamura 

Discussants: Prentiss Uchida, Darell Kunitomi, and Amy Watanabe

This workshop explores the cross-generational impact of the Japanese American incarceration experience. Higuchi, a Sansei attorney, explores the “Sansei Effect,” a term she coined while researching her upcoming book on the trans-generational effects of her family’s incarceration experience. She will be joined by Drs. Nakamura and Cone-Uemura, trauma workshop expert facilitators in the JA community and multicultural groups. Sansei and Yonsei panelists will lend their insights. Audience participation is highly encouraged.

Careers in Advocacy &

Community Service

Location: Sun Valley

Speakers: David Inoue, Stephanie Nitahara, & Monica Thammarath 

While countless AAPIs have been trailblazers in community organizing and advocacy, our community continues to be underrepresented in advocacy careers. This youth and young professional-geared workshop will help participants explore pathways to careers in advocacy and community service. Leaders who have pursued advocacy and organizing jobs will offer guidance and highlight challenges and strategies for pursuing this type of work.

Session 3- Saturday, August 3 (1:15PM - 2:15PM)

Effective Social Media for JACL Chapters

Location: Flagstaff

Speakers: Haruka Roudebush

The Effective Social Media for JACL Chapters workshop will provide an overview of how chapters can use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as viable communications platforms to engage and build their membership base. The workshop will be based primarily on information provided in the Social Media Guide for chapters developed by the JACL Young Professionals Caucus and the JACL National Membership Committee.

Learn How to Preserve and Share Japanese American History with Digital Technology

Location: Sun Valley 

Speakers: Tom Ikeda

Participants will come away from this session appreciating the power of digital technology to preserve and widely share oral histories, historic photographs, and documents. Participants will also learn strategies for their respective chapters on how they can implement an oral history project and start a program to scan historical materials from chapter membership.

Memory Activism and Mass Imprisonment: The Preservation of our Legacies

Location: Tucson 

Speakers: Karen Ishizuka, Sam Mihara, Stephanie Nitahara, & Nancy Ukai

Moderator: Kurt Ikeda  

Are you eager to start researching your family history? Are you interested in learning more about your roots? Join genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki as she helps you to get organized, offers tips for interviewing family, and explains which records are relevant to your family history. Part 1 of this 2-lecture seminar covers the basics of family history. These sequential lectures are suitable for all levels and include Q&A.

Kakehashi - Vision for the Future and Beyond

Since 2014, hundreds of young APIs have participated in the KakehashiProgram through JACL and had meaningful experiences.  The KakehashiCommittee, under the US-Japan Education Committee, will host a session for former and future Kakehashi participants and supervisors to share their experiences and visions for the future of the program.  Topics will include but are not limited to: how to better prepare participants and supervisors to maximize their experiences, how to develop and support the post-trip alumni community to promote continued engagement with JACL, and the roles JACL and the API community play in the US-Japan relations. Those who are interested in applying for the future Kakehashi program are welcome to attend.

Location: Olympus 

Speakers: TBA

Session 4- Saturday, August 3 (2:30PM - 3:30PM)

Intersecting Identities:

Nikkei LGBTQ Stories

Location: Teton

Speakers: Marsha Aizumi, Sarah Baker, & Stan Yogi

Moderator: Michael Iwasaki

Speakers representing different identities will share their journeys navigating through the Nikkei community and the LGBTQ community. They will share their experiences with the intersection of being Nikkei, gay, queer, mixed-race, a mother of a transgender son and various other identities. You will hear their successes and their challenges. All speakers have been involved in Okaeri which is a Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering in LA and they will highlight the importance of creating safe & inclusive spaces for all. 

Fighting White Supremacy

Location: Olympus

Speaker: Abby Dizon-Maughan, Jason Groth, Lara Jones, Shawn Newell, & Jeanetta Williams

This workshop hopes to encourage interracial understanding and movement building. This workshop will with a broad discussion that brings local activist leaders together to talk about how white supremacy has impacted their community and activism while also creating tensions between oppressed groups. We will hear from these activists about how they have seen collaboration work and how they or their groups have overcome divisions successfully.

Fundraising/Development for Chapters

Location: Flagstaff 

Speakers: Matthew Farrells & Steve Okamoto 

This workshop will inform participants of fundraising techniques and best practices for chapters and JACL members to deploy to effectively raise funds for the National Fundraising Campaign or other initiatives.

NPS Parks and Partners: Successes, Best Practices, and Opportunities

Location: Sun Valley

Speakers: Bernadette Johnson, Kara Miyagishima, Mia Russell, Dakota Russell, Angela Sutton, Wade Vagias, Hanako Wakatsuki & Larry Whalon

Moderator: Tom Leatherman

The National Park Service (NPS) will be hosting a conversation focused on highlighting best practices, successful partnership projects, and supporting relationship building. Come prepared to share your experiences, brainstorm projects, and to bounce ideas around. This session is open to all current and future NPS

Session 5- Saturday, August 3 (3:45PM - 4:45PM)

Anti-Discrimination Response Training

Location: Olympus

Speakers: Irene Ota

This workshop will be modeled after the Anti Discrimination Response Training. Irene Ota is a certified facilitator of this training and will be giving a mini version of this training. This workshop focuses on how APIA can react and help diffuse instances of racism, discrimination, prejudice, etc. on a day to day level.   

The Orange Story – Peeling Back Nikkei Identity

Location: Teton

Speaker: Lisa Doi & Kurt Ikeda

What does "Shikata Ga Nai" mean to you? Is "Gaman" enough? The Orange Story is a scripted narrative film by Full Spectrum Feature (Jason Matsumoto) that tells the story of Koji Oshima, the proud owner of a small grocery store in the Pacific Northwest. In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we follow Koji’s story as he prepares his shop and his life for the forced removal before Incarceration. 


Kurt Ikeda (JACL-Portland) and Lisa Doi (JACL-Chicago) will lead participants in a follow-up workshop peeling back the cultural values/intergenerational trauma that soaked into the Nikkei community in the aftermath of Incarceration.

Planning Your Family Caregiving

Sponsored by AARP 

Location: Sun Valley 

Speakers: Tomoka Tsukamoto

Moderator: Scott Tanaka, MSW 

Join us for a candid conversation on family caregiving, with insights from registered nurse Tomoko Tsukamoto. During Tomoko’s nursing career, she has worked with family caregivers as part of the healthcare team and personally has been a caregiver for multiple family members.  This workshop session will discuss pre-planning as a family, the role of the healthcare team, what resources are available and how to get started.

From Redress to Today: Creating Momentum for the Future of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium

Location: Tucson

Speaker: Kathy Masaoka,

Floyd Mori &

Shirley Ann Higuchi

Moderator: Mia Russell

This is an examination of the grassroots framework from Redress and how the JACSC can take these lessons forward for both our community and as effective allies. A panel discussion with Kathy Masaoka (Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress), Floyd Mori (JACL), and Shirley Ann Higuchi (JACSC) will discuss the role of individual and collective activism in affecting national policy. Join us in harnessing the energy of redress to guide the consortium into the future!