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2013 JANM National Conference - "Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity"


[Audio] Taiko: The Powerful Expression of Nikkei Identity

Since the late 1960s, hundreds of taiko ensembles have been organized throughout North America. Today, the art form continues to connect people of different generations, regions, and cultural backgrounds. This multigenerational panel shares thoughts on the role of taiko in Nikkei activism and how it has shaped individual identities.


  • Stanley N. Shikuma, Tule Lake Committee


  • Michelle Fujii, Artistic Director, Portland Taiko 
  • Craig Ishii, Executive Director, Kizuna 
  • Stanley N. Shikuma, Tule Lake Committee 
  • Rick Shiomi, Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts

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