Not Yo’ Butterfly with Nobuko Miyamoto (ft. Quetzal Flores)

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Performing Arts

Jul 202110
2:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Join Nobuko Miyamoto for a celebration of her new album and memoir! She will be joined in conversation and performance by Quetzal Flores.

About the book:
Not Yo’ Butterfly: My Long Song of Relocation, Race, Love, and Revolution, a new memoir, is the intimate and unflinching life story of Miyamoto—artist, activist, and mother. Beginning with the harrowing early years of her life as a Japanese American child navigating a fearful west coast during World War II, Miyamoto leads readers into the landscapes that defined the experiences of twentieth-century America and also foregrounds the struggles of people of color who reclaimed their histories, identities, and power through activism and art.

About the album:
Her album, 120,000 Stories, is her first release since 1973’s seminal A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America. With a title evoking the approximate number of those of Japanese ancestry incarcerated in WWII concentration camps, the album collects new music, recorded with GRAMMY-winner Quetzal Flores, that speaks to issues such as Asian American stereotypes and the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as music from A Grain of Sand, recordings of her late-1970s group Warriors of the Rainbow, and performances from various stage productions throughout the past several decades.

Not Yo’ Butterfly: My Long Song of Relocation, Race, Love, and Revolution and 120,000 Stories (2-CD Set) will both be available in the JANM Store

RSVPs are required. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.



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