2021 Japanese Latin Americans

May 19, 2021, Noon - 1:00 pm (Pacific)

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The Foundation is grateful to the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies, School of Law, UC Davis, for hosting the 2021 Speaker Series.

Materials for May 2021 Event

Americans' Misuse Of "Internment"
Campaign for Justice
Natsu Taylor Saito, Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists (2020)

Upcoming 2021 Speaker Series Events

A followup Speaker Series panel will look at two items of unfinished national business: reparations for African Americans starting with H.R. 40’s fact-finding commission; and reparations for Japanese Latin Americans for the violations found by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. A further Speaker Series panel will explore today’s echoes of the imprisonment and deportation of Japanese Latin Americans: border detentions and deportations of Latinx and Black asylum-seekers from El Salvador and from Haiti.

The Speaker Series is part of the Foundation’s two decades of law-related educational and charitable works in greater Sacramento's Asian/Pacific community. Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to encourage community-conscious activist future lawyers. The Foundation has supported activities such as the Hmong Mediation Project and the CAIR immigration legal clinic; has produced numerous law-related workshops and programs; and has administered a federal research grant on World War II's notorious Tule Lake concentration camp.

The first three Speaker Series years brought A Conversation on Civics with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye; Empowering the Community and Educating the Public through Law with Dale Minami; the Sacramento premiere of Konrad Aderer's documentary Resistance at Tule Lake; Bystander Intervention Training with the Council on American Islamic Relations; a panel on Bail Reform in California; a panel on the Immigration Policy crisis; and a screening of Sold, a human trafficking story, with a panel discussion on human trafficking. The Foundation screened the Sacramento premiere of Abby Ginzberg's documentary And Then They Came for Us, attended by 800, with a distinguished discussion panel and a social action networking session to build community. And it presented two plays: Vietgone, a romantic adventure starring a Vietnamese refugee couple, and Jeanne Sakata's one-man play Hold These Truths, retelling civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi's wartime journey of conscience.



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