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Susan Hayase


Susan Hayase was a part of the grassroots movement for Japanese American redress in San Jose, working in the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) and the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR.)  A performing member of San Jose Taiko from 1980 through 1990, appointed in 1995 to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board by President Clinton, serving as its vice-chair, most recently she is a co-founder of San Jose Nikkei Resisters (SJNR), a grassroots multi-generational community organization building support for reparations for slavery as well as for public safety and issues of accountability, and to organize around sustainability for San Jose Japantown.

Updated March 2024


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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column
Between Query and Legacy

March 28, 2024 • Susan Hayase , traci kato-kiriyama

This month, we feature the fierce and insightful voice of San Jose-based Susan Hayase. While I am most familiar with Susan in intergenerational community organizing and activist spaces, I am grateful always to read her writing, as she has so much to share and teach us. Here we present pieces of both query and homage, from three distinct grandparents of Susan’s to the singular Alan Nishio. Enjoy… —traci kato-kiriyama * * * * * Susan Hayase was a part of …

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