GalleryIn our gallery you will find press releases, pictures, descriptions, and articles from the New England
JACL's past events and activism on behalf of civil rights.Event: December 17, 2017"Hold These Truths: A Play About Gordon Hirabayashi"
and Post-Performance Discussion
On December 17th, members of the New England JACL attended a Lyric Stage Opera
performance of "Hold These Truths: A Play About Gordon Hirabayashi" featuring Michael
Hisamoto, directed by Benny Sato Ambush, and written by Jeanne Sakata. The performance
was followed by a panel discussion on the Japanese incarceration andthe Hirabayashi case
that included NEJACL co-president Margie Yamamoto, NEJACL members Paul Watanabe and
Yutaka Watanabe, and actors Michael Hisamoto and Khloe Alice Lin.
Event: May 18, 2017Sus Ito's "Before They Were Heroes" Reception
In the spring of 2017, the Transit Gallery at Harvard Medical School was the first location to
host the Japanese American National Museum's traveling exhibit "Before They Were Heroes,"
which displayed the photography of New England JACL member Susumu (Sus) Ito. On
Wednesday, May 18 the NEJACL co-sponsored an opening and reception that included
presentations by several speakers, including Sus Ito's grandson Justin Ito-Adler and son-in-law
James Ito-Adler, NEJACL members Paul Watanabe, James T. McIlwain, and Margie Yamamoto.
Afterward, guests guests examined Sus Ito's photographs of the celebrated 442nd Regimental
Combat Team and experienced a taiko drumming performance by the Genki Spark.
Event: May 13, 2017Brookline Sakura Matsuri
On May 13th, the New England JACL sponsored a table at the Brookline Sakura Matsuri (Cherry
Blossom Festival) where people could create their own sakura tree craft. There were also multiple
taiko group performances, Japanese food, and Bon Odori dancing.
Event: February 25, 2017Day of Remembrance: National Security & Civil Liberties 1942 & 2017
On February 25, 2017, the New England JACL held the annual Day of Remembrance
at the MIT Starr Forum. After an invocation by Hoda Elsharkawi (MIT Muslim Chaplain),
Kenneth Oye (Professor of Political Science, MIT, and NEJACL Co-President) moderated
a panel discussion that included Nadeem Mazen (Cambridge City Council), Barbara J.
Dougan (Civil Rights Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations), Shannon
Al-Wakeel (Executive Director, Muslim Justice League and Board, Mass ACLU), Gautam
Mukunda (Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School, expert on presidency) and Paul
Watanabe (Director UMass Institute for Asian American Studies, NEJACL member). This
event was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies, the Asian American
Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Asian American Resource
Workshop, and Council on American-Islamic Relations, Massachusetts.
Click here to watch a video of the panel: https://youtu.be/5IdSVsx4mi8Event: May 18, 2016Asian American Journalists Association AAPI Month Event
The New England JACL joined the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islanders Month by co-sponsoring an event
that brought together Boston's top Asian American leaders for an evening of open
discussion. Pictured above, from left, are Tommy Chang, Boston's first Asian
American Superintendent of Schools, Michelle Wu, the first Asian American Boston
City Council President, and Dan Koh, the first Asian American Chief of Staff for a
Boston mayor. This event on May 18th attracted a standing room crowd of more
than 270 people.
For a partial transcript of the panel, see this Boston Globe article.
Event: February 2016Day or Remembrance: Kimi Maeda's "Bend" New England Tour
In February 2016, the New England JACL sponsored Kimi Maeda's New
England Tour of her performance of Bend, which tells the true story of two
men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II:
Maeda's father, an Asian Art historian who suffered from dementia at the end
of his life, and the subject of his research, Isamu Noguchi, a half-Japanese-
February 19: University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
February 21: Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
February 22: Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont
February 23: Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
February 24: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
February 25: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
February 26 & 27: Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline, Massachusetts
(The New England JACL hosted a reception at the final performance)
Event: November 7, 2015The Japanese American Incarceration: Constitutional Vigilance in Times of Crisis
(Teacher Professional Development Workshop)
On November 7, 2015, the New England JACL co-hosted with the Boston
University School of Education the professional development workshop
"The Japanese American Incarceration: Constitutional Vigilance in Times
of Crisis." Over 40 social studies teachers, representing schools from the
Berkshires to Boston, attended the full day workshop at the BU School of
Education. The workshop provided teachers with a historical background
of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II, connections
to current events and other communities, and the ongoing lessons of
discrimination, civil liberties, and justice. Participants discussed how these
topics cross over into the classroom, and were provided with curricular
materials to support the teaching of Japanese American incarceration
in their classrooms. The highlight of the workshop was a panel discussion
featuring Japanese Americans sharing their personal experiences in the camps.
Event: October 17, 2015Covering the Game: Asian Americans in Sports Media
The New England JACL co-sponsored with the Asian American Journalists Association
the event "Covering the Game: Asian Americans in Sports Media," held at New England
Sports Network's studios in Watertown, Massachusetts. This event included a
panel discussion including Fluto Shinzawa (hockey reporter, Boston Globe), Gary
Striewski (anchor/reporter, NESN), Ben Watanabe, (digital content editor, NESN),
Al Young, (media consultant), and moderator Daigo Fujiwara (former informational
graphics artist, Boston Globe). The talk was followed by a tour of the NESN studios
and a hot dog lunch.
Press: January 1, 2015Sus Ito Among 442nd Regiment Veterans Honored at 2015 Rose Parade
Members of the 442nd Regiment, including Sus Ito, are honored at the 2015 Rose Parade in
Event: November 3, 2014"To Be Takei" Screening at the Boston Asian American Film Festival
New England JACLer Sus Ito and actor George Takei at the Boston Asian American Film
Festival (BAAFF) on November 3, 2014. NEJACL was one of the co-presenters for a
screening of "To Be Takei," a documentary about Takei's life, from his work on "Star Trek,"
to his more recent advocacy for marriage equality and civil rights. BAAFF is sponsored
by the Asian American Resource Workshop.
Event: July 9-12, 2014JACL National Convention, San José, California
New England JACL was well represented at the JACL National Convention held July 9 through
12 in San José, California. Pictured above with the newly re-elected National JACL President
David Lin (second from left) are Kota Mizutani, a student at Brown University and JACL's Eastern
District Council Youth Representative; President Lin; Ken Oye, New England JACL
co-president and NE JACL delegate; and Sarah Purdy, a student at McGill University (Montréal)
and NE JACL delegate.
Press: June 14, 2014Kyoto Kondo Featured in Wellesley Weston Magazine
NEJACL member and artist Kyoto Kondo is featured in June's issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.
Click here to read the article: http://wellesleywestonmagazine.epubxp.com/issue/305082/155Press: February 21, 2014Sus Ito and the 442nd Regiment Visit the White House
Members of the 442nd Regiment, including Sus Ito, visit the White House and meet with
President Barack Obama.
Press: May 23, 2013Professor Paul Watanabe Receives the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished ServicePaul Watanabe is a member of the New England JACL. Congratulations
on this prestigious award.
With 35 years of distinguished service at all levels of his university, community,
and nation, Professor Watanabe is a "most deserving recipient of this award."
He was a founding director of the Asian American Studies Institute and currently
serves as its director, as well as chair of the Political Science Department.
He was an early director of the university honors program and currently teaches
an honors course on the Japanese internment. He has worked with the Asian
American Studies Program to win the U.S. Department of Education designation
as an Asian American-, Native American-, and Pacific Islander-serving institution,
making UMass Boston the only institution with this designation in the northeast.
In addition, he helped to win a major five-year grant to bolster services for students
from these underserved populations. Beyond his university service, he is currently
the chair of the U.S. Census Bureau's National Advisory Committee on Racial,
Ethnic, and Other Populations; is president of the Board of Directors of the Nisei
Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; is on the Board of Directors of the
American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; and has served on numerous
other boards. Professor Watanabe has also spent years fostering positive,
proactive U.S.-Japan relations, including with Chukyo University, and facilitating
communications with many Japanese consulates. Irene Inouye, president of the
U.S.-Japan Council, praised his leadership role, especially when he served as a
member of the Japanese American Leadership delegation to Japan. Professor
Watanabe is also a widely-respected and frequently consulted public intellectual
who comments regularly on the American political process and Asian American
issues via local and national television, radio, newspapers, and news magazines.
His service both on campus and to local, national, and international communities
is service that has increased the visibility and prestige of our university.
Press: December 20, 2012Remembrance of Daniel Inouye: Paul Watanabehttp://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2012/12/20/daniel-inouye-paul-watanabe
On December 20th, Paul Watanabe eulogized Senator Daniel Inouye for WBUR. He writes,
"Too many of today's politicians lack basic competence, vision and decency. Too few are
inspired by a fundamental commitment to the common good. With Senator Inouye's passing
this deficit becomes deeper at a time when the nation can ill afford it. Hopefully others will
step forward to fill his very large shoes. 'Aloha' senator."
Event: September 25, 2012Colors of Confinement: Book Talk with Eric Muller
On September 25th, the New England JACL co-sponsored with the Institute for Asian American
Studies the event "Colors of Confinement," which was a talk at UMass Boston by Eric Muller.
Eric Muller is the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics at the
University of North Carolina and his recently released book showcases a collection of color
photographs taken by Bill Manbo (1908-1992) while incarcerated in the Japanese American
internment camp at Heart Mountain in Wyoming.
Event: May 12, 2012Brookline Sakura Matsuri
On May 12th, the New England JACL sponsored a table at the Brookline Sakura Matsuri (Cherry
Blossom Festival) where people could test their Japanese-American trivia. There were multiple
taiko group performances, Japanese food, and Bon Odori dancing. The Consulate General of
Japan presented Brookline High with two cherry trees from the Washington, D.C.
Press: November 10, 2011Susumu Ito's Appearance on CNN
The above is video from Sus Ito's appearance on CNN, where he discusses his experiences in
World War II (Note: Click on the black CNN box to access the video). For more information:
Susumu Ito @ CNN.comEvent: September 10, 2011Book Talk with Debra Samuels
Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, Massachusetts
(Photos by Mark Hopkins)
On September 10th, the New England JACL hosted a book talk with Debra Samuels. Over 50
people attended Debra's book talk that focused on her new book My Japanese Table: A Lifetime
of Cooking with Friends and Family. Afterward, attendees created their own obento from food
prepared by NEJACL members earlier in the day.
Event: May 25, 2011The Chef's Table
Daikanyama, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
On May 25th, New England JACL co-sponsored with New Asian Recipes the inaugural
"The Chef's Table" event. It was well attended and everyone enjoyed the amazing cuisine
of Miyabi Zen, a type of Kaiseki-ryori. This was followed by a brief talk with the chef
Daisuke Shimizu, a native of Japan, who discussed among other things the inspiration
he found in his mother's cooking. For the full menu click here.
Event: April 2, 2011The Crisis in Japan
Wellesley Friends Meeting, Wellesley, Massachusetts
On April 2nd, Ken Oye, MIT Associate Professor of Political Science and
Engineering Systems, spoke about Japan's earthquake and tsunami, as well
as recent events in Fukushima, and the long-term effects on politics and economics
in the region.
Press: March 16, 2011Ken Oye's Appearance on WGBH's Greater Boston
The above is video from Ken Oye's appearance on WGBH's Greater Boston, where he
discusses the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Press: March 15, 2011Ken Oye's Appearance at the MIT Starr Forum
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
The above is video from Ken Oye's panel appearance at the MIT Starr Forum
about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the impact on their nuclear power
Event: February 12, 2011Day of Remembrance 2011 Featuring the film 442nd: Live With Honor, Die
With Dignity and a Conversation with Sus Ito
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
On February 12th, the New England JACL observed the Day of Remembrance by watching the film
442nd: Live With Honor, Die With Dignity followed by a conversation with Sus Ito, member of the
442nd. This event was co-sponsored with the Asian American Center at Tufts University.
Event: November 7, 2009Race, Ethnicity and the 2010 Census: Categorizing and Counting
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts
On November 7th, the JACL co-sponsored a panel on "Race, Ethnicity and the 2010
Census: Categorizing and Counting." The panel featured Paul Watanabe as speaker
and Melissa Nobles as commentator. Norman Eng from the US Census supplied
details on outreach program and Sus Ito closed with reflections on national origins
and race over the past six decades. The panel engaged on points of controversy and
historical interest related to the US census count. For a full summary, download here.
Event: November 15, 2008My Life as an Alien: Tales of an Asian American Expatriate in Asia, A talk by Paul Niwa
Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts
On November 15th, Paul Niwa, journalist and journalism professor at Emerson
College, spoke about life as an Asian American in Asia. Niwa helped launch
NBC Asia Evening News" and produced CNBC's "Today's Business" and "This
Event: August 10, 2008Bento and Baseball
Middlesex Community College and Edward A. LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Massachusetts
In August of 2008, the New England JACL held the Bento and Baseball event. This
included lunch, the viewing of the film American Pastime about the role of baseball
in the Topaz Internment Camp at Middlesex Community College, followed by a
Lowell Spinners (Red Sox Affiliate) minor league baseball game. The day was a
great success and there were many new faces thanks to the efforts of a NEJACL
members Tom Laughlin, who was our host at Middlesex Community College, and
Steve Nishino, who organized the event.
Event: July 18, 2008Law and Disorder in Times of War: Security, Surveillance and Civil Liberties
JFK Library, Boston, Massachusetts
(from left to right, Paul Watanabe, Glenn Kumekawa, Mari Oye, May Takayanagi,
and Taka Takayanagi)
In July of 2008, a group of NEJACL members spoke about the internment and other
issues in a panel on "Law and Disorder in Times of War: Security, Surveillance and
Civil Liberties" at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
Press: May 7, 2008Resolution Affirming Support for the Human Rights of DetaineesFull Text of the Resolution [PDF]
The New England JACL sponsored a passed resolution at the 2008 JACL National
Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. This resolution pertained to human rights of
individuals detained by the government of the United States. Copies of this resolution
have been sent by the JACL to the President, Vice President, Attorney General, and
majority and minority leaders of Congress.
Event: February 24, 2008Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Internment Camps (1942 - 1946) Exhibit
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
In February of 2008, the New England JACL visited the William Benton Museum
of Art at the University of Connecticut's exhibit on the Art of Gaman -
Art and Crafts from the Internment Camps. Members toured the exhibit,
which encouraged conversations about internment and injustice. This was followed
by a viewing of a few short films about the internment camps.
Activism: June 25, 2007Mari Oye (New England JACL member) Confronts George W. Bush on Torture and
Civil Rights Violations
(Photo courtesy of WBZ Television/CBS)
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The above is a video from Mari Oye's appearance on Democracy Now.
The clip begins at 47:32. For more information: Democracy Now - July 3, 2007
Here is a link to the Nichi Bei Times article: Nichi Bei Times Article
Here is a link to the Asian Pacific Forum Interview: Asian Pacific Forum Interview
Here is a link to the New York Times article: New York Times Article
Here is a link to the Boston Globe article: Boston Globe Article