John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy

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Saturday February 2

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2:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Join us for the Los Angeles launch of the book John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy.

John Okada’s only published work, No-No Boy, is about a Japanese American who refuses to fight for the country that incarcerated him and his people in World War II. When released in 1957, the novel languished in obscurity until it was rediscovered and reissued in 1976 to become a celebrated classic of American literature.

Frank Abe, a journalist and producer of the PBS documentary Conscience and the Constitution, and Greg Robinson, professor of history at Université du Québec a Montréal, edited John Okada (with Floyd Cheung) and will be on hand to discuss the first full-length examination of Okada’s development as a writer. Moderating the discussion will be Brian Niiya, Content Director of, an organization whose mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Book signing to follow. John Okada is available at the JANM Store. This program is free, but sold out.

If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 1:15 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 1:50 p.m.

Also on February 2, JANM is participating in the 14th Annual Museums Free-for-All day. If you would like to view our exhibitions in addition to attending the author discussion, please also RSVP using this link for free admission that day.