farming as justice work. 1-3pm. kellee matsushita utilizes seed sovereignty as a platform for justice work; as a tool to build community power, reclaim ancestral knowledge, and work towards collective liberation. the history of california’s japanese american farmers will be explored. kellee will talk about the legacy of the shiso trees still growing that are the living record of our presence after we were taken from our land and incarcerated.
japanese american women authors’ panel. 4-5pm.
join artists keiko agena, yumi sakugawa and marinaomi for a panel discussion about how they have financially built their careers as japanese american women artists and the journey it has taken to cultivate such a singularly unique voice in their creative work. this panel is moderated by artist and filmmaker tani ikeda.
these events are 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.