Lawrence Lan

Como parte del Programa de Prácticas de la Comunidad Nikkei (Nikkei Community Internship Program), Lawrence estará contribuyendo este verano con la página web de Discover Nikkei en su calidad de practicante de Discover Nikkei  en el Museo Nacional Japonés Americano (Japanese American National Museum o JANM); también estará trabajando con la Barra de Abogados Americano Japonesa (Japanese American Bar Association o JABA) para preservar el legado de juristas los nikkei prominentes en la comunidad.

Última actualización junio de 2012 

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El Proyecto del Legado JABA: Juristas Pioneros en la Comunidad Nikkei

La juez Kathryn Doi Todd: Redefiniendo las Posibilidades

¿Está usted emparentada con Mia Doi Todd?

Así lo pregunta Akira Boch, uno de los camarógrafos del Museo Nacional Americano Japonés (Japanese American National Museum), mientras él y Jenni Nakamura instalan el equipo audiovisual para la entrevista en el despacho de la Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd, juez de la Corte de apelación del segundo distrito. La respuesta es sí, y la juez Todd se deleita con las fotos de su hija, Mia – una cantautora prominente - con su bebé recién nacido. 

La juez Todd ciertamente está acostumbrada a la celebridad de su hija. Aunque, para estar seguros ...

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Connecting Movements and Memories: On Karen Ishizuka’s Serve The People and the Making and Meanings of the Asian American Movement

“You have to keep changing, because what has happened and what you have been a part of is no longer there. The ideas that we develop remain in our heads … So our challenge constantly is both to learn from the past and also not be bound by the past.”

—Grace Lee Boggs1

The words of the late political thinker and activist Grace Lee Boggs offer a good reminder that in our struggles for personal and collective transformation, we must indeed learn from the past and also adapt to the changing material conditions of our own experiences. What, then, might ...

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Investing in the People

As part of the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) program, I have spent the past eight weeks not only working with the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) but also learning more about the non-profit community work being done throughout California’s three Japantowns—Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, San Jose’s Japantown, and San Francisco’s Nihonmachi. It’s been an eye-opening experience.

I’d like to begin by thanking my supervisor from the Japanese American Bar Association, Alex Fukui, for finding the time outside of a hectic work schedule to help and support me ...

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El Proyecto del Legado JABA: Juristas Pioneros en la Comunidad Nikkei

Judge Jon Mayeda: The Right Place at the Right Time

Judge Jon Mayeda—a retired Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who currently works with JAMS, an Irvine-based dispute resolution and arbitration company—was always in the right places at the right times…or so he claims when he says, “It felt like the right thing to do.” But luck and serendipity can only go so far before passion and vision come into play.

As a pioneering jurist in the Japanese American community, Mayeda was instrumental in the founding of several organizations, including what is now the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA) at the University of California, Los ...

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El Proyecto del Legado JABA: Juristas Pioneros en la Comunidad Nikkei

Judge Vincent Okamoto: Fighting for Justice - Part 2

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It was in Vietnam that Okamoto first started thinking about the rule of law, and the lack thereof around him at the time. 

“I really did say to myself—and it sounds kind of corny—that if I am fortunate enough to live through this experience, then when I get back to the world—to America—I’d like to go through something that has rules, where people don’t throw grenades at each other and shoot at each other,” Okamoto said. “So I gave [law school] a shot.”

For Okamoto, law school proved to ...

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