This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and the arrival of the first organized group of Japanese immigrants (Gannenmono) to Hawaii. At this symposium, we will reflect upon the journey of Japanese Americans by welcoming three panelists whose ancestors are from Hawaii or Yamaguchi. They will share their family history, including how their families overcame obstacles in adjusting to life in America.
What is the role of Japanese Americans in our society, at a time when diversity and tolerance towards others are limited? The panelists will share their personal views. They will also discuss how to promote the spirit of diversity and inclusion in both Japan and the United States. Dr. Tosh Minohara (Professor, Kobe University), himself a Japanese American, will moderate this discussion following the panelists’ presentations.
This symposium in Yamaguchi City is part of the 2018 Japanese American Leadership Delegation Program. It is organized by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), co-organized by USJC and the Yamaguchi International Exchange Association, and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.