Black + Japanese American Reparations Book Club

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5:00pm

This is a past event.
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The Black+Japanese American Reparations Book Club is back! Just as the history of racial harm in America is inexorably intertwined, the repair of that harm can be accomplished only through solidarity between multiple communities. Many Black reparations advocates have pointed directly to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 granting reparations to Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII as a precedent that can inform the case for restorative justice for African Americans. By exploring the commonalities and differences between the multi-generational effects of America’s racial karma, the USC Ito Center series and book club aims to understand reparations at a deeper level — as Ta-Nehisi Coates has argued, reparations is more than a recompense of past injustices, but a national reckoning that can "lead to spiritual renewal.” The book club will meet monthly from September to November 2021. Please see the dates and times below. We look forward to connecting with anyone concerned with racial justice and repairing America’s race-based harms. Please see dates below and RSVP for each meeting for the Zoom link. Zoom meeting information will be sent closer to the event. 

This event is co-sponsored by Densho, JANM, and Tsuru for Solidarity.

Wednesday, September 22 at 5PM PST | RSVP
Katherine Franke, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition 

Wednesday, October 20 at 5PM PST | RSVP
Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations; Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, and 12 

John Tateishi, Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations

Wednesday, November 10 at 5PM PST | POSTPONED until next semester. 
Clint Smith, How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery across America
To receive updates on when the book club will be scheduled, please provide your information on November's RSVP link: RSVP. We will notify everyone on that list when the event will be rescheduled. 

Join the Black + Japanese American reparations group on Facebook today to start sharing your thoughts on the books, or share reparations related news and events! 

Dial-In Information

Please RSVP for each book club meeting. A meeting link will be sent out closer to the event. 

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff

Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
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