Japanese American solidarity

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I think if I have any one message to my own community is that we have been a part of the movement for social change for a very long time, and there have been people individual people who have lead the way. I can cite people like Yuri Kochiyama, people like Warren Furutani, Dale Minami, there have been role models coming up ahead of us Robert Takasugi, I have to include him and I pay tribute to those folks who always cared about community, but brought our community into the mainstream of the struggle or the larger struggle and brought us a place there and made space for all of us to be a part of it. And to take part in this in this much larger struggle that was bigger than us. But, but really that we are honored to be a part of.

I often see these old photos of all these people that marched with Martin Luther King back at the time when it was a lot less fashionable and really in many ways, that's where people are today. Marching with...I continue watching the Black Lives Matter when there wasn't wasn't a whole lot of us was a very isolating experience in many ways but not isolating because it was so much to do and so much so much support outside of the movements and outside of our marches that we always knew that that was there at least that part of that. We knew that people care enough about that to feel it will show up in that there was enough committed, absolutely conscientious people that would show up every single time.

Date: July 14, 2020
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Matthew Saito
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum; Japanese American Bar Association

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