Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura
Co-authors Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura, this evening help celebrate their powerful new graphic narrative, We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration, with artwork by Ross Ishikawa and Matt Sasaki, and which is co-published by Chin Music Press and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Drawn, literally, from intense research, We Hereby Refuse uses three different individuals’ experiences resisting and defying U.S. government decrees that ordered Japanese Americans to be stripped of rights and incarcerated, along with much else. One of them, Jim Akutsu, would be the inspiration for John Okada’s classic novel, No-No Boy.
Frank Abe wrote and directed the PBS film on the largest organized resistance to incarceration, Conscience and the Constitution. He won an American Book Award for John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy, and is co-editing a new anthology of incarceration literature for Penguin Classics. Tamiko Nimura is a Sansei/Pinay freelance writer, editor, and public historian, contributing regularly to Discover Nikkei and the International Examiner. She is working on a children’s book and a family memoir responding to her father’s unpublished memoir of his wartime imprisonment at Tule Lake. She is also the niece of Hiroshi Kashiwagi, one of the principal subjects of We Hereby Refuse.
Co-presented by Densho, Seattle Public Library, and Elliott Bay Book Company.