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Track 2

Talking across Generations about Japanese American "Internment"

Room 365

Description: Building from the screening of Brett Kodama's powerful short film One-Two-One-Seven on Japanese Internment, which is now referred to as Japanese Incarceration, this workshop seeks to provide a historical context to what produced the conditions in which these concentration camps were created. In addition, the panelists will discuss the implications of this history to not only their personal experiences, but also the current political climate.


Brett Kodama

Brett Ryoji Kodama is a Japanese American Filmmaker based in New York City. He graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 2015, earning a BFA in Film and Video, specializing in Film Editing. During his time in school, he learnd about all aspects of the filmmaking process, including writing, directing, cinematogrpahy, editing, and more. He as worked on a number of projects including short films, music videos, live events, and even a TV pilot. Currently, he is working as a freelance cinematographer and editor in New York City.

Jennifer Hayashida

Hunter College AASP

Poet, translator and visual artist Jennifer Hayashida was born in Oakland, CA, and grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and San Francisco. She received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed her M.F.A. in poetry from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She is the recipient of awards from, among others, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. She is most recently the translator, from the Swedish, of Athena Farrokhzad's White Blight (Argos Books, 2015), Ida Börjel's Maximum Ca'Canny The Sabotage Manuals (Commune Editions, 2014), and Karl Larsson's Form/Force (Black Square Editions, 2015). Previous work includes Fredrik Nyberg's A Different Practice (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007), and Eva Sjödin's Inner China (Litmus Press, 2005). Her poetry and translations have been published in journals such as The Asian American Literary Review, Salt Hill, Chicago Review, and Circumference, while her collaborations in film/video have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad, including the Centre Pompidou, the Flaherty Film Seminar, the New Museum, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Fields of interest include representations of the welfare state and immigrant experience; cross-genre literature and film; translation; Asian American community activism.

Floyd Mori


S. Floyd Mori is the President/CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, D.C. He was previously National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and also served as National President on the Board of the JACL.

Mori was born in Murray, Utah, to parents who were immigrants from Japan. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves. He served a mission to Hawaii for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). He graduated with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Economics, Asian Studies, and Political Science from Brigham Young University (BYU).

He taught Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California. He was on the City Council and served as Mayor of the City of Pleasanton, California. He was a California State Assemblyman and was Director of the Office of International Trade for the State of California. He has been an International Business Consultant and owner of a golf business.

He has served on various boards and currently is on the Joint Diversity Council for Comcast NBC/Universal. He has received various awards over the years. He has held many church and civic volunteer positions. He is a sports fan and enjoys golf.

Mori has spoken numerous times to various groups about the Japanese American experience and civil rights. Some of his speeches have been compiled into a book entitled, The Japanese American Story As Told Through a Collection of Speeches and Articles. He is the author of several other books.