The yonsei memory project

A collaboration led by two yonsei (4th generation Japanese American) artists, Nikiko Masumoto & Brynn Saito

The Yonsei Memory Project (YMP) utilizes arts-based inquiry to generate dialogue connecting the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community with current civil liberties struggles. YMP recently received a grant from California State Civil Liberties Public Education Program administered by the California State Library to fund the “Living Memory Lab," a project which seeks to awaken the archives of Japanese American history by creating cross-cultural and intergenerational memory practices culminating in an interactive "Day(s) of Remembrance" weekend.

We are grateful to our fiscal sponsor, the Fresno Arts Council and the support and donations from the community! 

Learn more about our past gatherings in "California Yonsei Lead Memory Work," published in the Pacific Citizen, and on our blog.

NIKIKO MASUMOTO is hapa-yonsei, organic farmer, community leader, and artist. Ms. Masumoto works with the same soil in the Central Valley of California that her issei grandparents nurtured. Her creative work includes performance and writing: a one-woman show about redress, “What We Could Carry,” and two books co-authored with family members, The Perfect Peach and Changing Season.

BRYNN SAITO is a Korean and Japanese American poet and educator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), published by Red Hen Press. Brynn is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at California State University, Fresno.

If you are interested in donating to the Yonsei Memory Project, please address checks to the Fresno Arts Council, our fiscal sponsor, and mail to:

The Fresno Arts Council

1245 Van Ness Ave

Fresno, CA 93721

 Brynn Saito, Nikiko Masumoto, and participants from YMP's first intergenerational, arts-based gathering, August 2017. More photos on  Facebook  and on  our blog .

Brynn Saito, Nikiko Masumoto, and participants from YMP's first intergenerational, arts-based gathering, August 2017. More photos on Facebook and on our blog.