Seen and Unseen is the first-ever exhibit focused on Nikkei (Japanese Americans) who were involved in intimate same-sex relationships or defied gender roles in the early 20th century. The exhibition is hosted by J-Sei, a multi-generational and multi-cultural organisation with its roots in Nikkei values and culture.
On June 24th we had a fascinating online discussion with the exhibit curators, Dr. Sueyoshi and Mr. Yogi, about the development of the exhibition and its role in addressing the past and present struggles of queer and gender non-conforming Japanese Americans. They explained not only the deeper history behind the exhibit images, but also the thought and planning behind the exhibit and shared the discoveries they made. Please don't miss the chance to watch this enlightening, heartwarming and delightful discussion of the queer Japanese story in America.
If you missed it, you can see the recording here:
The Exhibit will be online until June 30. View the exhibition here:
About the Curators
Amy Sueyoshi is Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies with a joint faculty appointment in Race and Resistance Studies and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship in queer history and for her community engagement and advocacy.
Stan Yogi is an award winning author of several books and his essays have appeared in newspapers and academic journals. He has co-curated traveling exhibits on civil liberties. He is Co-Chair of Okaeri, a Nikkei LGBTIQ+ Community based in Los Angeles.