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roots before branches: storytelling as medicine

  • 341 FSN 341 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA (map)

roots before branches: storytelling as medicine. 11am-3pm.
 diana tsuchida invites our japanese american elders in to share their experiences of living through wwii, and invites their grandchildren/kids/relatives to join them in the conversation if they wish to. the interviews will be recorded solely on audio, with a few photos taken, then published online. storytellers may request that the interviews are only shown to the families. each interview session is allotted for 60 to 90 minutes, but shorter sessions can be arranged. please schedule a session by emailing diana at with your preferred time!


this event is connected to “seeds of our grandmothers’ dreams” an exhibition at 341 FSN.

“seeds of our grandmothers’ dreams” re-imagines a world blossoming with the unbroken yume our nikkei elders carried across the pacific: before they were forced into american concentration camps.

on october 14 - 28, japanese american women speak (JAWS) will exhibit their art and invite community to decolonize their dreams through a series of storytelling workshops at 341 FSN, 341 E. 1st St., los angeles. “seeds of our grandmothers’ dreams” activates the thriving future of little tokyo—an international community rooted over generations—through a galaxy of intergenerational artists dreaming above ground.


The exhibition is part of an effort by little tokyo service center to help save little tokyo and keep our neighborhood within our own community.