Thank you for joining us in Seattle!

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Thank you to the over 500 people who joined us at our fourth National Conference, Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity, held July 4–7 in Seattle, Washington.

Participants came from around the nation, as well as from Canada and Japan to participate in a jam-packed program commemorating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act.  [See below for a video of Secretary Norman Mineta’s keynote address at the dinner banquet on July 6.]

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We are now going through the photos, video footage, and audio recordings of the conference so that we can make them available on the Web. But for now, because we are so excited about all of the media, wanted to preview just a few of the photos and to say THANK YOU for helping make the conference unforgettable!  And a special THANK YOU to the folks in Seattle for sharing the history of their wonderful city with us.

(Photos by Tracy Kumono)


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Early Bird Registration Ends 1/31/13!

Scene from JANM’s 2008 National Conference in Denver. Photo by Tracy Kumono.

We are so excited that it is finally 2013… because our fourth national conference is just 6 months away! We hope that you and your family will join us.

Register before January 31 to receive the early bird rate for JANM’s 2013 National Conference, “Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, and Dignity.” If you register now, you will not only save money, but there are still spaces available for the trips to Bainbridge Island (bus tour) and/or the International District (bus tour and/or walking tour).

Here are some handy links:

– On-line registration

– Schedule of events and speakers

– Booking a room at the Sheraton Seattle at the lower, JANM rate

And a special shout out to our partners: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington and University of Washington, Department of American Ethnic Studies. We couldn’t do any of this without them.

See you and your family in Seattle in July!


(More) Reasons to Be Excited about JANM’s 2013 National Conference in Seattle

We are hosting a national conference next year in Seattle, Washington! It will be from July 4-7, 2013 at the Sheraton Seattle and the theme is “Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity.” Go on-line for the latest information about the program of events, our speaker line-up, and to register.

But in case you need even more reasons to gather your family to join us in Seattle at the conference, how about these…

Seattle was the setting of the TBS Japanese drama, 99 Years of Love (2010) and John Okada’s book, No-No Boy (1979). Readers of No-No Boy will recognize this sign:

Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten has been at the vegetarian & vegan Plum Bistro in Capitol Hill. And if it’s raining, you can slurp down a hot bowl of nabeyaki udon at Hiroshi’s Restaurant in Eastlake. Meanwhile near the International District, the Cheeky Cafe serves up eclectic food in these very generous portions.

(Bonus: sharing a meal at the Cheeky Cafe with JANM Board of Governor, Tom Ikeda of Densho.)

And what says more about a city than its independent book store? Elliott Bay Book Company will be coming to our conference with lots of books!

The early bird registration closes on January 31! Click here for more info about JANM’s National Conference.

Join us at the 2013 National Conference

Join us…

July 4-7, 2013 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity Our expanded Web site has launched and we’re so excited! Check out the sessions and activities being planned for JANM’s fourth national conference. A multigenerational, multicultural audience of over 1,000 attendees is expected for this not-to-be-missed community gathering. And, save time and money with our NEW online registration—JANM members save up to 35% with our Early Bird registration. Be sure to share the newswith your family and friends. See you in Seattle!

Participants at our 2008 conference in Denver.

Seattle 2013: Save the Date!

Join us for another exciting National Conference…

July 4-7, 2013 at the Sheraton Seattle

Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, and Dignity

Don’t miss another life-changing experience for you and your family at JANM’s fourth national conference! Attendees of all ages will hear from a mixture of first-person and scholarly voices, learn more about the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, make new friends, and catch-up with old ones. We have been busy planning the conference with organizations such as the University of Washington, Department of American Ethnic Studies and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. Plus, the Wing Luke Asian Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial are helping organize exciting field trips and tours!

Registration details will be available in September 2012, but starting immediately you can reserve your room at Sheraton Seattle at the preferred room rates. (The conference rates are quite a deal!)

We’ll post updates on our conference Web site, so please stay tuned.

P.S. Check out the speaker bios, panel descriptions, and photos from our 2008 National Conference in Denver to get a sense of what’s in store for Seattle.