Japantowns, or nihonmachi, have been important cultural and community hubs for generations of Japanese Americans and others who live, work, and find connection in J-town. Shaped by a history of both exclusion and resilience, these neighborhoods have survived WWII removal, evictions, and redevelopment, and birthed movements for cross-racial solidarity, redress, and housing justice. But gentrification and a pandemic marked by anti-Asian violence pose ongoing threats to the future of Japantowns. Join organizers and artists in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle to learn about the historical roots of contemporary struggles against displacement — and how communities are coming together to say J-town is not for sale.
Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) in partnership with the National Park Service will co-host the second annual Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage. Tadaima 2021 will address identity, indigeneity, and intersectionality as they relate to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.