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Not My Precedent: Reading and Panel

  • Danforth Lecture Hall, Mills College Kapiolani Rd Oakland, CA, 94613 United States (map)

In 2016, Trump campaigners asserted that the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a precedent for the proposed ban and registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. Not My Precedent is a reading and conversation about the acute realities, complexities, and ramifications of Japanese Internment Camps. Featuring National Book Award finalist Karen Tei Yamashita, Guggenheim fellow and playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, and AAWAA co-founder and artist Betty Kano. Moderated by Vivian Fumiko Chin, Chair, Ethnic Studies Dept at Mills College.

This panel is presented by 100 Days Action, an artistic counternarrative to President Trump's first one hundred days in office, and in conjunction with the Mills exhibit Resistance Training at Slide Space 123. 


KAREN TEI YAMASHITA is the author of seven books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, and forthcoming, Scintillations: Letters to Memory, all published by Coffee House Press. She received a US Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship and is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

The creator of one of the largest canon of Asian American-themed works, PHILIP KAN GOTANDA has been instrumental in bringing stories of Asians in the United States to national and international audiences. Mr. Gotanda is a respected independent filmmaker. His 3 films: Life Tastes Good, Drinking Tea, The Kiss, all have presented at the Sundance Film Festival. A recipient of a Guggenheim, Mr. Gotanda is a Professor with the Department of Theater Dance Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.

BETTY NOBUE KANO has exhibited her paintings in over 200 galleries and museums, nationally and internationally. She was Director of Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland and is retired from San Francisco State University. She has curated over 30 exhibits, including “Generation Nexus: Peace in the Post-war Era,” that launched the opening of National Japanese American Historical Society’s Museum in the Presidio, San Francisco. She co-founded Art Against Apartheid, Asian American Women Artists Association, and Women of Color Camp. She currently serves on the Board of Japanese American Women Alumnae of UC Berkeley, volunteers at Sakura Kai senior center, organizes with Berkeley 4 Bernie and Asian Americans for Peace and Justice.


VIVIAN FUMIKO CHIN is the granddaughter of a woman who came to the US as a picture bride from Japan. She is also is the granddaughter of a woman who had bound feet, who was married at 16, and lived in China all her life. Her mother and other relatives were interned during WWII in Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

Danforth Lecture Hall
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, Ca 94613

Free and open to the pubic. 

Earlier Event: January 18
OPENING RECEPTION: Resistance Training