Symposiums


The Healing That Still Needs to Come

saturday, March 2
4 PM - 5:30 PM

jaccc tea room

The hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) were a profound watershed moment for Japanese Americans, as they were finally, after 40 years of keeping their pain within and voices silent, able to speak out for justice for what the government had done to them during WWII. They were able to take the burden of guilt about their WWII incarceration that they had unjustly carried for all those years and properly place it on the shoulders of the U.S. government. They felt redemption and catharsis.

The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (CLA) cemented those feelings, as our government finally apologized to Japanese Americans and accorded reparations of $20,000 per individual. The apology and monetary compensation did much to bring healing to the community. However, the process was only beginning.

This symposium will explore the traumatic psychological effects of the WWII incarceration on Japanese Americans. Traci Ishigo, who is a therapist and trauma-informed meditation and yoga teacher, will open the program by taking the audience through an exercise that will promote a mood of cleansing and healing.

Moderator:

traci kato-kiriyama

Guests:

Amy Iwasaki Mass
Traci Ishigo
Jim Matsuoka
Ayumi Nagata
Yukio Kawaratani

Amy Iwasaki Mass, a retired psychologist, testified at the LA CWRIC hearings and worked with Japanese Americans who got involved with gangs and drugs after the war. She will talk about how trauma can affect people and ways Japanese Americans tried to deal with the psychological pressures from their camp experiences.

Jim Matsuoka, who also testified at the LA CWRIC hearings, was a founding member of NCRR, which coordinated a grassroots campaign to win passage of the CLA. He will speak on his personal experiences trying to cope with the trauma and frustrations during and after the war, which oftentimes led to activities of acting out aggressively in self-defense.

Yukio Kawaratani was incarcerated at Tule Lake, the center where all those who answered No–No to the loyalty questionnaire administered in the camps were sent. Yukio was too young to fill out the “loyalty oath,” but he witnessed the tremendous pressures and divisions the questionnaire caused for his family and others at Tule Lake. After 75 years, he still feels the stigma that many Japanese Americans attach to those segregated at Tule Lake.

Ayumi Nagata, whose parents are both Shin Issei, has always longed to learn about the experiences of her grandparents in Japan during WWII. Just three months ago, she was able to hear a great deal about one of her grandfather’s experiences during that period, and that has inspired her to create art depicting her grandfather’s experiences as a form of healing for her need to know more about her roots and identity.

This symposium is FREE if you have purchased a ticket to Tales of Clamor (please enter your order number or date of attendance in the "comments" when placing your order).

If you would like to attend the symposium without purchasing a ticket to Tales of Clamor, there is a minimum donation of $5.00 per person.

Please call the Box Office if you have questions or need assistance: Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 5 PM at 213-680-3700


Women Breaking Silence
Tales of Clamor Post Show Symposium

saturday, February 9
4 PM - 5:30 PM

jaccc tea room

Tales of Clamor - World Premiere is inspired by the Nisei who broke their silence and testified at the CWRIC hearings in 1981. Silence is very difficult to overcome and this issue is not easily discussed in our communities because of the shame it may cause for both the victim and the abuser. We hope that this panel of women who have spoken up as victims of abuse and/or have been supporting women, can share with us the courage it takes to speak up and the healing that is needed.

Featuring:
- Panida Rzonca (from Thai Community Development Center)
- Phyllis Kim (from KAFC)
- MILCK (aka Connie Lim)
- Facilitated by Alison De La Cruz (Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC)

This symposium is curated by Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress and will take place in the Tea Room at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center - JACCC.

This symposium is FREE if you have purchased a ticket to the Sat. 2/9 2PM matinee Tales of Clamor - World Premiere performance (please enter your order number or date of attendance in the "comments" when placing your order).

If you would like to attend the symposium without purchasing a ticket to Tales of Clamor, there is a minimum donation of $5.00 per person.

Please call the Box Office if you have questions or need assistance: Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 5 PM at 213-680-3700


TALES OF CLAMOR is supported in part by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Aratani Foundation and made possible with support from Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), Kinetic Theory Circus Arts, and Visual Communications. Significant in-kind support is provided by American Airlines, Ushio America, Inc., Hoshizaki, and Bose Professional.


JACCC Members have access to discounted TALES OF CLAMOR tickets.

Click here to purchase member tickets. For more info. on member tickets or becoming a JACCC Member, click here or please contact Membership Services at membership@jaccc.org or (213) 628-2725, ext. 128.