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Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers - Book Launch a Success!

by May Sasaki
September 2015, Volume 65, Issue 8

The launching of the Graphic Novel Fighting for America: Nisei Soldiers, written by Lawrence Matsuda and illustrated by Matt Sasaki, at NVC Hall was a resounding success!  A record number of book lovers filled the hall with attendance estimated at 200. Most also purchased books, with proceeds going to support the NVC Foundation’s education mission.

The graphic novel project was the culmination of a two-year collaborative effort between The WING and the NVCF and was expertly chaired by Cassie Chin and Debbra Kashino.  The program included: Welcoming by Dignitaries, Honoring of Featured Veterans, Meeting the Author & Artist, Viewing the Animated Short Film, Youthful Refections, Book Signing & Refreshments.

As you know, any successful event is the result of many helping hands.  The following names are people who assisted.

Volunteers: Pam & Kayla Shigaya, Nicole Sunada, Kris Hiraoka, Bev Kashino, Becky & Noelle Fukuda, Cindy & Dave Nomura, Dave Yamashita, Rian & Shelley Ebesugawa, Lane Shigihara, Alexa Aratani, Griffin Fujioka, Lauren Asaba, Shina Kashino, Doug Tsujii, Mark Aratani, Lee Murakami, Keith Yamaguchi, Terry Takeuchi, Rick Takeuchi, Frank Tsuboi & Oanh Tran.

Actors in Film: Bea Kiyohara, Yuji Okumoto, Taryn Imanishi, Lake Colter, David Yamashita, Lawrence Matsuda, Randy Eng, Shannon Gee.

Special Guests and Committee Members:  His Honor Mayor Ed Murray, Jaqueline Ashwell, Lawrence Matsuda, Matt Sasaki, Jill Nishi, Frank Nishimura, Karen Matsumoto, Tosh Yasutake, Doug & Jason Suzuki, Cassie Chin, Paul Murakami, Louise Kashino, Bruce Inaba, Debbie Kashino, Mako Nakagawa, May Sasaki.

 More graphic books are available for purchase at nvcfoundation.org or email debbiekashino@gmail.com