Join us for the book launch of We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration, the soon-to-be-released graphic novel with the story of camp as you’ve never seen it before. Three voices. Three acts of defiance. One mass injustice. Japanese Americans complied when evicted from their homes in World War II, but many refused to submit to imprisonment in American concentration camps without a fight. We Hereby Refuse presents an original vision of America's past with disturbing links to the American present. Join co-authors Tamiko Nimura and Frank Abe in conversation with Rachel Endo of UW-T. Registration is required. NOTE: If you cannot attend the event, but still want a signed copy from Tamiko, you can order below and choose in-store pickup or shipping and we will have available a week after the event!
Tamiko Nimura, co-author of We Hereby Refuse, is an Asian American writer living in Tacoma. She wrote Rosa Franklin: A Life in Health Care, Public Service, and Social Justice (2019). She is an arts writer and public historian, and is working on a third book, Pilgrimage. She is a 2021 Tacoma Artists Initiative grant recipient and a 2021 winner of the Murray Morgan Award from the Tacoma Historical Society.
Frank Abe, co-author of We Hereby Refuse, wrote and directed the PBS film on the largest organized resistance to incarceration, Conscience and the Constitution. He won an American Book Award for John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy and is co-editing a new anthology of incarceration literature for Penguin Classics.
Rachel Endo is Founding Dean of the School of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma. She is the author of The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s: Literature for the High School Classroom (2018).