Tadaima 2021 Panel Discussion – Japanese American Newspapers Before, During and After WWII & Civil Rights Activist Sei Fujii

September 20, 2021

Tadaima 2021 panel discussion on Japanese American newspapers and issei civil rights pioneer Sei Fujii. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on Fridayay, September 20, 2021.

Join us for an online author talk and speaker’s panel as part of this year’s community-wide Tadaima virtual pilgrimage lineup of daily virtual programs on the Japanese American WWII incarceration with Brian Niiya, Ellen Endo, Bill Watanabe and Jeffrey Gee Chin, author of the forthcoming book, A Rebel’s Outcry: Biography of Issei Civil Rights Leader Sei Fujii (1882-1954), published by the Little Tokyo Historical Society. Japanese American periodicals have played a critical role in informing and representing the community before, during, and after WWII. In times when the Nikkei community was silenced by racially-biased laws and incarceration, periodicals provided the opportunity to have their voices heard. This program explores the nuances of this representation, and the role of the press back then as well as its impact today. Selected discussion topic is the life and legacy of Sei Fujii, Issei civil rights activist and founder of the bilingual Kashu Mainichi (The Japan California Daily News). Panelists include Brian Niiya, Ellen Endo, Bill Watanabe, and Jeffrey Gee Chin, moderated by Denise Dador.

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