• JANM Announces Acquisition of Japanese American Incarceration Artifacts

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    May 2, 2015 UPDATE: JANM Announces Acquisition of Japanese American Incarceration Artifacts   Public auction of the items averted through aligned interests of museum, Japanese American community, auction house, consignor. Painting by Estelle Peck Ishigo - Photo by Rago Arts and Auction Center   The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) tonight announced it has acquired a collection of more than 400 pieces of historical art and artifacts created by Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.  The announcement was made by JANM president and CEO Greg Kimura, during JANM’s annual Gala, which also honored actor and activist George Takei with the museum’s Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service.     LOS...
  • Protests to Stop Auction of Japanese American Internment Camp Items Slated for April 17, 2015

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    April 15, 2015 7:00pm PST UPDATE: News received tonight from community protesters say that the Rago auction house has agreed to remove from its April 17 auction approximately 450 art, crafts and artifacts made by Japanese Americans while they were incarcerated in World War II internment camps. The auction which was to be conducted by the Rago Arts and Auction Center of New Jersey caused a national public outrage including a grass-roots petition on created by filmmaker and therapist Satsuki Ina of Sacramento, California, a Facebook page "Japanese American History: NOT for Sale," efforts by community organizations to stop the sale, an intent to file a lawsuit by Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation after its cash offer to acquire the collection was rejected, and calls to the auction house ...
  • Eddie Huang Tweets "I don't watch #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork"

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    April 8, 2015 Eddie Huang, whose life and memoir inspired the ABC TV show Fresh Off the Boat went on Twitter last night to say, "For the record I don't watch #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork."  In separate messages, he continued to Tweet: "I'm happy people of color are able to see a reflection of themselves through #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork but I don't recognize it." "My only goal was to represent my Taiwanese-Chinese-American experience & I did that. We also proved viewers want diverse content so make it! "I had to say something because I stood by the pilot. After that it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life. I don't think it is helping us to perpetuate an artificial representation of Asian American lives and we should address it." Eddie Huang has a poi...
  • Actor Ken Jeong talks about his darkest moment in Ken Burns Films' "Cancer Story Wall"

    Posted by Suzanne Kai

    Community actor Ken Jeong learned about his wife Tran's diagnosis of Stage 3 breast cancer just as he was close to winning a part in The Hangover. Click here to and view Jeong's deeply personal story which was filmed as part of Ken Burns Films' "Cancer Story Wall" an accompaniment to this month's three-part PBS documentary series Cancer:The Emperor of All Maladies.  Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour major television event on PBS presented by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in partnership with WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C. Based on the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, the series is the most comprehensive documentary ...

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