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Friday, February 28 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Miguel Luciano in Conversation with Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu Nakauchi SPOTS OPEN

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Miguel Luciano—a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice and migration—will moderate a conversation between Sylvia Mendez and Akiko Nakauchi, inviting them to share their overlapping histories and special connection to one another. From the incarceration of Nakauchi’s family in U.S. concentration camps in the 1940s, to the historic legal battle that the Mendez family fought to desegregate public schools in California (Mendez v. Westminster), to the farmhouse that both families shared together — their interconnected stories are a profound reflection of the struggles for social justice and equality in this country, inviting us all to reconsider the interconnected roles we may play in the challenges before us now.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Akiko Nakauchi

Akiko Nakauchi is the youngest twin daughter of the Munemitsu family. The Munemitsu family owned and operated a farm in Orange County, California when WWII broke out. After the issuance of Executive Order 9066 (1942) they were forced to leave their farm and sent to a U.S. concentration... Read More →
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Miguel Luciano

Miguel Luciano is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice and migration, through sculpture, painting and socially engaged public art projects. His work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, and is featured... Read More →
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Sylvia Mendez

Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez is the oldest daughter of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican migrant, who challenged segregation laws so that she and other Latino children could be provided the same quality education provided to white students... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

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