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Join JANM for the Los Angeles launch of the book “John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy.”

John Okada’s only published work, “No-No Boy,” is about a Japanese American who refuses to fight for the country that incarcerated him and his people in World War II. When released in 1957, the novel languished in obscurity until it was rediscovered and reissued in 1976 to become a celebrated classic of American literature.

Frank Abe, a journalist and producer of the PBS documentary “Conscience and the Constitution,” and Greg Robinson, professor of history at Université du Québec a Montréal, edited “John Okada” (with Floyd Cheung) and will be on hand to discuss the first full-length examination of Okada’s development as a writer. Moderating the discussion will be Brian Niiya, Content Director of Densho.org, an organization whose mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Book signing to follow. “John Okada” is available at the JANM Store (https://janmstore.com/products/john-okada). This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the ticket link.

*Photo credit: densho.org


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