Speeches and Essays

Legacy Project Luncheon

Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA
October 8, 2017
Kanji Sahara – Issei Faced Discrimination

JANM Opening 2016

Dr. Kanji Sahara spoke about Issei, the immigrant. He asked, ‘What Issei would want us to do today? “With little or no political and local support, 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were forcibly incarcerated. Speech was given when he received the Leadership Award as Project Director of the traveling exhibit named “Only the Oaks Remain.” December 2016
Kanji Sahara


Consul General Akira Chiba responded to a Los Angeles Times letter to the editor on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor regarding the fear that was the context for racism. Speech was given in the Aratani Hall at the Japanese American National Museum on December 2016.
Consul General Akira Chiba


Daniel Mayeda, grandson of detainee, Kunitomo Mayeda, raised question for the 2017 political climate. Read this essay by a grandson who has been a long time community volunteer.
Kunitomo Mayeda Bio