Carol Cheh

Carol Cheh is a writer based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Another Righteous Transfer!, a blog that explores LA's performance art scene, and Word is a Virus, an Art21 column exploring the intersection between the visual and literary arts. Her writing has appeared in LA Weekly, KCET Artbound, ArtInfo, Art Ltd, Artillery, and East of Borneo, among other outlets. She also works as Communications Writer at JANM. (Photo courtesy of Allison Stewart.)

Updated May 2015

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An Interview with Holly Yasui

Holly Yasui is the youngest daughter of Minoru Yasui, the legendary Japanese American lawyer and civil rights activist. She is currently at work on a documentary film about the life of her father, titled Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice.

On behalf of the Japanese American National Museum, I conducted an interview with Holly Yasui on the occasion of the Los Angeles premiere of Part One of her documentary, held at the museum on July 29, 2017. Part One covers Minoru Yasui’s life up until the end of World War II; the forthcoming Part Two ...

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A Young JANM Volunteer Shares Her Impressions of the 2017 Pilgrimage to Manzanar

The Japanese American National Museum recently welcomed Joy Teruko Ormseth to its volunteer ranks. Born in 2000 in Los Angeles and currently a student at Arcadia High School, Joy is, at 16 years old, one of our youngest volunteers.

This past April, museum volunteers and staff organized a bus tour to join the annual pilgrimage to the site of the American concentration camp at Manzanar, where thousands of people of Japanese ancestry were confined during World War II. Joy, who had only briefly visited Manzanar as a child, decided to join the group. She graciously agreed to an interview, in ...

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Whodunit? Naomi Hirahara Draws Readers Into Japanese American History and Culture

Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Naomi Hirahara is a writer with a love of Japanese American history. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University, Hirahara worked for many years as a writer and then the editor of The Rafu Shimpo. Among her many achievements as editor was the publication of a highly acclaimed series on inter-ethnic relations following the Rodney King riots.

In 1996, Hirahara left the newspaper to become a Milton Center Fellow in creative writing at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. When she returned to Southern California in 1997, she began to ...

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Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service: George Takei

George Hosato Takei was born in Los Angeles in 1937 to an Issei father, Takekuma Norman Takei, and Nisei mother, Fumiko Emily Nakamura. He was only five years old when his family was rounded up along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans and sent to concentration camps by the U.S. government following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Much of Takei’s childhood was spent at the camps in Rohwer, Arkansas, and Tule Lake, California.

After resettling with his family in Los Angeles after the war, Takei discovered an interest in acting. He earned both bachelor’s and master ...

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