Hold These Truths

September 7, 2019


A personal retelling of Gordon Hirabayashi's defiance of the government's WW2 curfew, forced removal, and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans

Concert readings by Ryun Yu

Assisted by a grant from the

California Civil Liberties Public Education Program

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Playwright Jeanne Sakata

photo credit: Lia Chang

Actor Ryun Yu

photo credit: Michael Lamont

Series Sponsors

Series Producers

Clement J. Kong, Korshak, Kracoff, Kong & Sugano, L.L.P.
Kathryn E. Doi

Series Directors

Jeri Paik, Law Offices of Jerilyn Paik
Yoshinori H. T. Himel

1020 O St., Sacramento, CA 95814


MATINEE @ 2:00 – 3:30 PM
(Must acquire tickets in advance)
Q&A and Community Tabling to follow

EVENING @ 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Admission - $25
Panel Discussion, along with Ryun Yu
@ 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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During WWII in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs – and a confrontation with its failures.

LOS ANGELES TIMES “At a moment in our history when American justice and perhaps even our sense of national purpose have eroded from the government's response to an outside threat…this thoughtful new one-actor play by Jeanne Sakata tells the true story of a Japanese American college student in Seattle who refused to become the Other, the Enemy Alien, in his own eyes or anyone else's......Ryun Yu plays Hirabayashi at various ages – as well as every other person Hirabayashi remembers – a fine-grained tour de force.”

HUFFINGTON POST “A simple yet stunning one-man show inspired by the life and heroism of Gordon Hirabayashi…Hirabayashi's heroic stand against the United States government and the prevailing sentiment of fear and prejudice is brilliantly portrayed by Ryun Yu … a performance that at times moves the audience to tears while including several truly laughable moments.”

STAGE SCENE LA "It's rare that all elements of a production (writing/acting/directing ...) come together as perfectly as they do in East West Players’ world premiere production of Jeanne Sakata’s Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi.  That this production not only engrosses, entertains and moves an audience but also educates and informs the as well makes it a must-see.”

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  • Michael and Helen Iwahiro
  • Cake Farm

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 two 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; 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 encourage further organizing.