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October 2022, Volume 73, Issue 9

The Wing Luke Museum opens a new exhibit -- RESISTERS: A Legacy of Movement from the Japanese American Incarceration, October 16, 2022 – October 1, 2023.

The exhibit leads visitors through a historical narrative beginning with the experience of Japanese American incarcerees in the 1940s and the complicated feelings of shame, anger, fear, and varied faces of resistance from within the community. Through the following decades, the story illustrates the generational trauma and cultural aftershocks of incarceration, while highlighting the lingering sense of injustice and awakening to justice movements at home and abroad. The exhibit draws parallels between the stigmatization of Japanese Americans and modern-day anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Indigenous, anti-Black, and anti-immigrant policies. Visitors leave with a final prompt to consider: In the pursuit of justice, how will you show solidarity for movements today and into the future? Through art, first-person accounts, historical material, and artifacts, this exhibit connects Japanese American resistance movements during the WWII era to modern BIPOC justice movements and activism today. https://www.wingluke.org/exhibit-resisters

The 2022 Densho Virtual Gala: Telling Our Next Story will be held Wednesday, November 1 at 5pm PT.

Join Densho for an evening of art, conversation, and community as they celebrate our collective power to keep Japanese American history alive now and in the future. In addition to paying tribute to outgoing director Tom Ikeda, Densho will introduce new Executive Director Naomi Ostwald Kawamura, highlight emerging artists, and honor the elders whose stories are at the heart of all they do. Information at: https://densho.org/gala/

JCCCW holds Bunka No Hi (Japanese Culture Day) on Saturday, November 5, 11am-5pm PT at 1414 South Weller Street, Seattle.

The JCCCW’s annual Culture Day celebration is back! This free festival commemorating Japanese Culture will feature “paper and papercraft activities” including Origami, Kirigami, and Kiri-e, plus various exhibits, displays, demonstrations, and performances!  For more information: https://www.jcccw.org/bunka-no-hi

Tacoma Buddhist Temple holds a Drive Thru Bento Bazaar on Sunday, November 6, 11:00am to 1:00pm at 1717 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma.

Order and payment deadline is 10pm Wednesday, October 26 for pick up at the Temple on Sunday, November 6. Enjoy Japanese Beef Rice Curry with handmade ohagi or Teriyaki Chicken Bento with a slice of homemade apple pie. Both bento come with spam musubi, rice, and pickled cabbage. Cost is $20 per bento. Order at: https://www.tacomabt.org/bazaar-food-menu/

Wing Luke Museum presents Book-O-Rama (In-person event) on Saturday, November 19, from 11am-1pm at 719 S King Street, Seattle.

Kick off the Holidays at the Wing Luke Museum with Ken Mochizuki (author) and Kiku Hughes (illustrator) of the new graphic novel, Those Who Helped Us! as they join an informal chat with local journalist Kamna Shastri, followed by a book signing. The program is free and open to the public! “Basketball-loving 11-year-old Sumiko Tanaka narrates this graphic novel about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans as she and her family are shipped off to Minidoka in Idaho. But Sumiko and her 17-year-old sister Yuri also see acts of kindness and solidarity from their non-Japanese neighbors and friends that make them hopeful for the future.” This story highlights real events that happened during WWII in the Seattle area. Co-published by Wing Luke Museum and Chin Music Press. During this event, the graphic novel will be 15% off! Information at:  www.wingluke.org

Japan America Society of the State of Washington (JASSW) holds its 99th Holiday Celebration and Auction on Tuesday, November 29, 5:00pm – 8:45pm PT at the Westin.

Save the Date for JASSW’s biggest fundraiser with great company and fantastic auction items. Registration and Silent Auction open at 5:00pm; Ballroom opens at 6:45 pm with entertainment, games, Raise the Paddle, a Raffle, and a Live Auction. Early Bird prices end October 31. For information: https://jassw.org/events/