This special evening program will investigate and celebrate the remarkable lives of two Japanese American women, artist Mine Okubo and fashion designer Michi Nishiura Weglyn. Both of these women were imprisoned in the U.S. concentration camps during WWII and both became activists from that experience.
Mine Okubo was one of the most important artist activists in the later part of the 20th Century. The book Mine Okubo: Following Her Own Road, co-edited by scholar Greg Robinson examines the life and work of Mine Okubo (1912-2001), a pioneering Nisei artist, writer, and social activist who repeatedly defied conventional role expectations for women and for Japanese Americans over her seventy-year career. Okubo’s landmark Citizen 13660 (first published in 1946) is the first and arguably best-known autobiographical narrative of the war-time Japanese American relocation and confinement experience.
After eight years as the costume designer for the Perry Como Show, Michi Nishiura Weglyn (1926-1999) gave up a successful career in show business in the mid-1960s to write the book, Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps, providing factual evidence of governmental misconduct in the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. A screening of the documentary short “Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn” will be followed by a panel discussion on the two women.
Greg Robinson, author of recent books Following Her Own Road and A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America
Sharon Yamato and Nancy Kapitanoff, Co-directors, “Out of Infamy: Michi Nishiura Weglyn”
Moderated by Karin Higa, Senior Adjunct Curator, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
Co-sponsored by Japanese American Association of New York and JACL New York Chapter. Supported by NYU Center for Media, Culture and History/Center for Religion and Media.