BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20130105T000000Z DTEND:20130105T000000Z DESCRIPTION:Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race\, Resistance\, and a Paradoxical Life By Diane Fujino will be discussed at the Japanese Amer ican Museum of San Jose\,535 N. Fifth Street\, San Jose\, CA&nbsp\; 95112. \n\nAn iconic figure of the Asian American movement\, Richard Aoki (1938-2 009) was also\, as the most prominent non-Black member of the Black Panthe r Party\, a key architect of Afro-Asian solidarity in the 1960s and '70s. His life story exposes the personal side of political activism as it illum inates the history of ethnic nationalism and radical internationalism in A merica.\n &nbsp\;\n A reflection of this interconnection\, Samurai among P anthers weaves together two narratives: Aoki's dramatic first-person chron icle and an interpretive history by a leading scholar of the Asian America n movement\, Diane C. Fujino. Aoki's candid account of himself takes us fr om his early years in Japanese American internment camps to his political education on the streets of Oakland\, to his emergence in the Black Panthe r Party. As his story unfolds\, we see how his parents' separation inside the camps and his father's illegal activities shaped the development of Ao ki's politics. Fujino situates his life within the context of twentieth-ce ntury history-World War II\, the Cold War\, and the protests of the 1960s. She demonstrates how activism is both an accidental and an intentional en deavor and how a militant activist practice can also promote participatory democracy and social service.\n &nbsp\;\n The result of these parallel vo ices and analysis in Samurai among Panthers is a complex-and sometimes con tradictory-portrait of a singularly extraordinary activist and an expansio n and deepening of our understanding of the history he lived.\n &nbsp\;\n The book club is always open to new members. Selections are chosen collabo ratively at the end of each meeting and align with the JAMsj mission: the celebration of Japanese American art\, history\, and culture. Books may be purchased at the JAMsj museum store. If you have questions\, please conta ct Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or SUMMARY:JAMsj Book Club URL:/en/events/2013/01/05/jamsj-book-club/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR