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2021 Minidoka Pilgrimage

"See Our Strength"
June 26, 2021


Please join See Our Strength, the 18th annual Minidoka Pilgrimage, held virtually on Saturday, June 26, 2021.


This free virtual program will honor and celebrate the resilience of Minidoka incarcerees and bring awareness to the activism and unique experiences of Nikkei in the United States. 

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021

Time: 1:00–5:15 p.m. PDT / 4:00–8:15 p.m. EDT

Program: Each segment is set to premier at the time indicated below. Visit our 2021 Minidoka Pilgrimage Playlist on our YouTube channel at 1:00 p.m. PDT to follow along. You can also click on each session title at the time listed to join that session.

  • 1:00 p.m. PDT I Minidoka Elder Panel.
    Learn about three Minidoka incarcerees and how their resilience has carried them through today’s challenges.

  • 2:15 p.m. PDT I Japanese American Artifacts Are Not Your Collectible.
    Find out how Nancy Ukai, Kimiko Marr, Lori Matsumura, Kim LeRoy, and Bif Brigman halted the recent eBay and Rago auctions of incarceration camp artifacts and how you can help preserve such pieces of history.

  • 4:15 p.m. PDT I Nisei Radicals and a Legacy of Activism.
    Nisei Radicals and a Legacy of Activism. Hear from Mitsuye Yamada about her experiences at Minidoka and resettling after the war, which fueled her life-long activism to dismantle systems of injustice. Author Diane Fujino, who recounted the legacies of Mitsuye and her brother in her latest book Nisei Radicals: The Feminist Poetics and Transformative Ministry of Mitsuye Yamada and Michael Yasutake, will introduce this conversation.

  • Bonus session: Available now | The Minidoka Story in We Hereby Refuse.
    Meet Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura as they take a closer look at the Minidoka-based story in their brilliant new graphic novel, We Hereby Refuse. Through the experiences of the Akutsu family, they unpack the complex dynamics, both within and outside the Japanese American community, of what it meant to resist injustice during WWII.

To join:
This program will be livestreamed on the Minidoka Pilgrimage YouTube channel. Please subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications to receive an alert when the event begins.

In dedication to:

This 2021 Pilgrimage is dedicated to the memory of pilgrims we have lost since the last time we met in person:

May Namba, Mako Nakagawa, Teru Shibata, NIbs Sakamoto, Taka Kogita, Louise Kashino, Takeko Todo, Tyrus Okada, Kats Okamoto, Connie Saito, Edward “Lumberjack” Hiroo

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