Reeling from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and driven by fear and prejudice, America placed its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps.
A play for our times, Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American son of Japanese immigrants who defied an unjust court order to uphold the values on which America was founded. Filled with hope and buoyed by unquenchable patriotism, Hirabayashi’s unflinching defiance will leave you cheering the strength of the individual and his dedication to his own unalienable rights.
“Surprisingly humorous and openhearted.” (Seattle Times)
Purchase a discounted ticket through APAICS & JACL and you will get access to the AAPI reception right before the play!
Keynote speaker: The Honorable Paul Igasaki, Former Federal Judge and lawyer, longtime JACL-er and Asian community activist.
Paul M. Igasaki is employed at National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium in the position of Executive Director of Rights Working Group since July 2005. He is the former vice chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In his eight years at the EEOC, he initiated significant reforms that removed a crippling case backlog and worked with Congress to approve a desperately needed budget increase. He also helped change national and international practices on sexual and ethnic harassment and disability and immigrant rights.
Before joining the government, he was executive director of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Prior to that Igasaki was the Washington, DC representative of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), where he worked to fulfill the promise of the legislation that provided redress to Japanese Americans interned during World War II. In his hometown of Chicago, he served as executive director of the Commission on Asian American Affairs, as a member of the Affirmative Action Council, and a counsel on the Commission on Human Relations. Mr. Igasaki also served as the staff director of the ABA’s Private Bar Involvement Project, which sought to increase pro bono and other support for civil legal services for the poor.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis Law School and Northwestern University in Illinois. Both institutions have given him outstanding alumni awards. He also holds an honorary degree from the City University of New York Law School. Last year, he was given the Japanese American Biennium Award by JACL.
He was also honored for his civil rights work by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.