NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations

NCRRJoin the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress as they celebrate the launch of their new joint publication, NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations! The launch event will take place this Saturday, June 16th from 2pm to 4pm at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Little Tokyo. The editorial team, as well as many of the contributors, will be in attendance! We hope you can join us in marking this special ocassion.

Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) invite the community to celebrate the publication of NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations.

Edited by the NCRR Editorial Team, led by Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA emeritus professor and published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Press, the book will be released to the public at a book launch party at:

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
Garden Room A
2 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 16

The book will be available for purchase at the launch event for a special discounted price!

NCRR's Kay Ochi explains, "As we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, NCRR is proud to share this book about the importance of the grassroots contributions to the passage of the act and the impact and power of activism on individuals, our community and for posterity."

The NCRR Editorial Team, including Richard Katsuda, Suzy Katsuda, Kathy Masaoka, Ochi and Janice Yen, thanks all the many contributors to the book -- those who advised them, wrote articles, loaned their photos, or helped to edit and index. They give special thanks to Hirabayashi, who, some five years ago, took on the task of editing down an overwhelming amount of material into a 400-page book without sacrificing the heart of the stories.

The team is also pleased to have a visually attractive book designed by Los Angeles-based artist Qris Yamashita. The book is full of photos, taken mostly by NCRR members, that complement the individual stories.

Yen adds, "Being one of the book editors has been a tremendously satisfying experience for me. I think we were successful in producing a readable yet scholarly book on NCRR's role in the grassroots struggle to obtain redress and reparations for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II."

Karen Umemoto, director of the AASC, and Hirabayashi will share their perspectives on the book's importance and its impact on the Asian American Movement. Attendees will be able to meet many of the contributors, view historical slides, and enjoy poetry read by traci kato kiriyama and Miya Iwataki as well as refreshments provided by NCRR's planning committee.

Online purchases can be made starting June 18th by visiting the AASC Press Store or by contacting UCLA AASC Press via phone, email, or mail. Each book costs $30 plus shipping and applicable sales tax. Please contact the Center Press for detailed ordering information.

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