The Princeton University Program in American Studies and Program in Asian American Studies invite you to explore Japanese America, past and present, transpacific and hemispheric. Afternoon presentations by Andrew Way Leong, Iyko Day, and Karen Umemoto and a panel discussion moderated by symposium organizer Paul Nadal will draw on scholarship across disciplines including literature, history, and urban planning. Novelist Karen Tei Yamashita will present a keynote at 4:30 p.m. discussing her research into her recent family memoir, Letters to Memory, and her introduction to a new edition of John Okada’s No-No Boy, forthcoming from Penguin Books. After a break at 6 p.m, the symposium will resume at 8 p.m. with music and multimedia by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama, who perform as No-No Boy, transforming research and family legacy into song.

The symposium is free and open to the public; no registration required.

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The symposium is organized by Princeton University’s Program in American Studies and cosponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies, the Department of English, the Department of Music, the LGBT Center, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in Urban Studies. Supported by the Sakioka Family Fund and the Jacqueline Hata Alexander ’84 P14 Fund for Japanese American Studies; with thanks to the Humanities Council.

Presented By

  • Program in Asian American Studies
  • Program in American Studies