Wednesday, June 8 | 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Virtual
Members of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL-Philly Chapter) will discuss the often untold history of allyship between the Japanese American and African American communities around social justice issues. This session will begin with a screening of short films highlighting such instances of allyship, followed by a discussion of the films and other related topics.
Short film descriptions:
- “Malcolm and Yuri” (4 mins)
This short video describes the friendship and organizing partnership shared among Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama.
- “The Fourth March” (8 mins)
A short documentary that reveals the hitherto unknown role that Japanese American activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya played in the Selma-Montgomery marches.
- “SF Japantown United Against Hate” (5 mins)
This short PSA talks about the work being done in San Francisco to build community solidarity.
- “Reparations” (2 mins)
This is a trailer for Jon Ozaki’s documentary, which talks about the need for Japanese Americans to support the work of Black Reparations, based on mutual support for the Japanese American Redress.
- “2022 Shofuso Cherry Blossom Festival Recap Video” (3 mins)
This short video highlights and celebrates the cultural overlap among African Americans and Japanese Americans during a three-day concert series held in West Fairmount Park April 8–10, 2022.
Panelists: Rob Buscher, JACL-Philly Chapter President; Cliff Akiyama, JACL-Philly Chapter Board Member; and Paul Uyehara, former JACL-Philly Chapter President
Check out the rest of our Global Studies Summit events for the month of June.