Arthur A. Hansen with Frank Abe

Arthur A. Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies at California State University, Fullerton makes a special appearance this evening two speak about his two recently published books. Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura (Stanford University Press), is based on Omura’s memoirs, as edited by Arthur A. Hansen, with contextual information. Among the fiercest opponents of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, journalist James "Jimmie" Matsumoto Omura (1912-1994) fearlessly called out leaders in the Nikkei community for what he saw as their complicity with the U.S. government's unjust and unconstitutional policies—particularly the federal decision to draft imprisoned Nisei into the military without first restoring their lost citizenship rights. He was among the first Nikkei to seek governmental redress and reparations for wartime violations of civil liberties and human rights.

Arthur Hansen will also speak about Barbed Voices: Oral History, Resistance, and the World War II Japanese American Social Disaster (University Press of Colorado), which reveals why, when, where, and how some of the 120,000 incarcerated Japanese Americans spearheaded resistance movements in the ten War Relocation Authority-administered compounds in the United States during World War II.   

Art Hansen will appear in conversation with Seattle writer, Frank Abe, journalist and producer of the PBS documentary Conscience and the Constitution and co-editor of John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy. Frank Abe also contributed a chapter to Nisei Naysayer.

Co-presented with DENSHO.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122