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New art, old struggles, and a lasting legacy at Uncle Bob’s Place in the...

While Bob Santos is a dear friend to many, lovingly referred to as “Uncle Bob,” there is a new generation that is growing up in the wake of his legacy and might not even...

“We are Not Strangers” depicts solidarity in Seattle’s Central District during Japanese American incarceration

Making his art out of his 1978 converted Bluebird bus, lifelong artist and storyteller Josh Tuininga started illustrating books 15 years ago, beginning with children’s books, until evolving his work into graphic novels. We...

How a Chinese American muralist conveys the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and her...

Stevie Shao has rapidly become a well-known muralist in Seattle. Her first mural was on plywood covering a closed-down business in Ballard, Seattle. The mural featured “It’s Gonna Be OK” in eye-catching, bright pink...

Resilience: A Sansei Sense of Legacy exhibit is an intriguing journey at WA State...

The Resilience: A Sansei Sense of Legacy exhibit at the Washington State History Museum features eight California Japanese American artists whose art focuses on the impact of the U.S. incarceration of Japanese Americans during...

Wing Luke Museum exhibit tells the stories of Japanese American resisters of WWII incarceration

Much of the history of the forced incarceration of Japanese Americans we learn is about how quiet and obedient the community was—and even how we were respected for our complacency. Therefore, resistance to the...

Seattle artist George Tsutakawa’s majestic works showcased at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art 

George Tsutakawa (1910-1997), a Seattle native, has created pieces of all mediums and styles throughout his life, drawing on the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The exhibit at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art...

Learning how dream big at a young age to overcome racism, classism and oppression

Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown, the first in her family born in America, presents a child’s point-of-view on complex issues. Aoi, “Annie”, is a Japanese American, the daughter of two Japanese immigrants,...

Naoko Morisawa’s Happy Dreamer is on display at Traver Gallery through July 2 

Naoko Morisawa’s exhibition, Happy Dreamer, is currently on display at the Traver Gallery in Seattle. Morisawa’s work is a combination of material (e.g., corrugated cardboard, oil-dyed wood) with dynamic color patterns and bold textures...

Talking with the authors of I Am Able to Shine: “If you can’t see...

Growing up Japanese American—and Asian American in general—we often take to mean accepting invisibility. The young character, Keiko, in I Am Able to Shine, goes through ballet lessons and basketball practices wondering why “others...

“Americans Incarcerated: A family’s story of social injustice” at the Bainbridge Island Museum of...

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) currently houses Jan and Chris Hopkins’ exhibition memorializing the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Put into action by Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, E.O. 9066...