On August 11, USJC Board Member Frederick Katayama gave a presentation at the Nibei Foundation, titled "Get beyond the barbed wire mentality: Embrace your Japanese heritage and get involved in U.S.-Japan relations."
Mr. Katayama discussed how the Japanese American community can consider the internment and drive for redress and reparations as history, and look forward to the future. "It's time for Nikkei to get to know the Japanese better and vice versa," he said, and encouraged Japanese Americans to embrace their heritage and participate in U.S.-Japan relations. He also discussed USJC's role in this regard, touching upon its activities and accomplishments.
Mr. Katayama (left) with (L-R standing) Irene Hirano Inouye, Council Member Debra Nakatomi, Founding Chairman Tom Iino, Membership Manager and Program Specialist Allison Murata and (seated) Dr. Paul Terasaki
Dr. Paul Terasaki, who established the Nibei Foundation (and is a Member of the USJC Board of Councilors and also Mr. Katayama's uncle), attended with his family. Other attendees of the USJC community included USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye, Founding Chairman Tom Iino, Council Member Debra Nakatomi and Membership Manager and Program Specialist Allison Murata. The presentation was preceded by a dinner and a calligraphy workshop.
(L-R) Dr. Paul Terasaki, Ms. Hisako Terasaki, Mr. Katayama and Mr. Richard Terasaki
If you were unable to attend the event, please visit the recording of the presentation here.