Day 1: Phoenix, Arizona (Gila River)

Arrivals and Group Bonding

Topic: Memory, Remembering, Reenacting: Activist Perspectives


Day 2: Confinement and Spaciality  Phoenix, Arizona (Gila River)

Workshop Leader: Yoon Shim (Historical Archaeology/Anthropology)

8:30 am Breakfast Provided at House (Bagels, yogurt, fruit, coffee)

9:30 AM – Julian leads us in mediation exercise, then we jump into our first discussion on group norms, prelim reading , group goals, public facing projects, website

12: lunch in the city; museum visit on Asian American experience

3 pm: film showing-  Passing Poston documentary

Dinner @ 6 Pm with community members – Japanese American Citizens League, Arizona Chapter (JACL AZ)


Day 3: Anthropological Analyses of JA Identity (Poston)

Leader: Mallory Matsumoto (Anthropology)

Site Visit: Poston Reservation


Eiichiro Azuma, “Race, Citizenship, and The Science of “Chick Sexing”” The Politics of Racial Identity among Japanese Americans

Stephanie Takaragawa, “The Japanese American National Museum and the Construction of Identity”

Takeyuki Tsuda, “I’m American, not Japanese!’: the Struggle for racial citizenship among later-generation Japanese Americans


Day 4: Archives, Memory, and Museums  (Los Angeles)

Leader: Diego Luis (History)

Site Visit: Japanese American National Museum

10 a.m.: The group arrives at JANM and meets Karen Ishizuka. Together,  we view Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

11:30 Meet with John Esaki, Vice President of Programs, for behind-the-scenes tour

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Group reflection, debrief over lunch

1:30 p.m.: The group will meet and talk with some of the JANM volunteers who were once in camp.

2:30-3 p.m.: The group will meet and talk with Jamie Henricks, Archivist.

Evening: Film Showing with Bob Nakamura (Manzanar (1973)) and Tadashi Nakamura (Pilgrimage (2003))


Day 5: Soundscapes, Ethnomusicology, Community (Los Angeles)

Leader: Julian Saporiti (American Studies) and Kishi Bashi

Site Visits: Little Saigon, Japantown, Chinatown


Day 6: Documentary Studies, Film Studies, Politics of Pilgrimages (Manzanar)

Leader: Nicole Sintetos (American Studies)

Site Visit: Manzanar – 2 PM tour with site curator


Day 7: Travel Day to Salinas, CA

Journal Activity and ½ way group check in, work session on digital site


Day 8: The Politics of Incarceration (Salinas, CA)

Leader: Meagan Bourgeous (Political Science)

Site Visit: Salinas Relocation Center / current Rodeo complex



Day 9: Environmental History, Settler Colonial Critiques

Leader: Nicole Sintetos (American Studies)

Site Visit: Tule Lake – 2- 5 pm (note warm climate)

Readings: Primary Documents from National Archives, Denver, Bureau of

Land Reclamation


Day 10: Racialized Labor, Labor History, CCC/ WPA

Leader: team

Pick your own adventure

1.Hiking Day, journaling

2.Revist Tulelake, look for internment/incarceration barracks purchased as private property in postwar period


Day 11:Urban Space, Ethnic Community Construction, Diaspora, Modern Immigration (Portland, Oregon)

Leader: Takuya Maeda (History)


Day 12: Travel Day to Seattle


Day 13 Pedagogies of Dissent (ASA 2017) and the Digital Humanities

Leader: Erin Aoyama (American Studies)

Visit: DENSHO 9am to 1 pm and Wing Luke Museum

Evening: Final Dinner together!!!!!!


Day 14: Bainbridge Island, site of first forced removals

Leader: Team

~ 8:45 – Meet at the Memorial  for intro with Joyce Nishimura
9:30 –  Site visit with The Yuma Project.

          11:30 –  Grab food at Town & Country Market deli – this store​ was founded by a Japanese family (Nakata) partnering with a Croatian family and has grown to many stores throughout the region.

1:30 – Bainbridge Island Historical Museum – overview tour of our history and JA story and experiences

2:00 – Q/A with:
·                    Lilly Kitamoto Kodama – Age 7 when taken from her home.
·                   Kay Nakao (Maybe) She was 22 at the time of exclusion.  She is a spry 97-year old with an incredible sense of humor and wonderful stories.
·                  Mary Woodward – daughter of Walt and Millie Woodward who at that time were the editors of the Bainbridge Review and the only ones on the west coast  to openly speak out against the exclusion and a significant reason why so many JA residents felt safe to return after the war.