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National Conversation on Immigration at JANM

Speakers include author Jeff Yang and Irene Hirano Inouye of the U.S.-Japan Council.

Speakers include author Jeff Yang and Irene Hirano Inouye of the U.S.-Japan Council.

“National Conversation on Immigration: Barriers and Access” will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. in Little Tokyo.

On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives is hosting a series of conversations across the country to explore the complex issues around human and civil rights in the modern era. JANM is proud to host this free daylong conversation on immigration.

10 a.m.: David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States, and Ann Burroughs, interim president and CEO of JANM, will open the national conversation, followed by a keynote conversation with author and activist Julissa Arce and author and cultural critic Jeff Yang.

1 p.m.: Burroughs will moderate “Coming to America,” exploring past and current immigration barriers, with a panel of activists and experts, including Stewart Kwoh, Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Karthick Ramakrishnan, UC Riverside School of Public Policy; Paul Spickard, UC Santa Barbara; and Allen Orr, Orr Immigration Law Firm P.C.

2:15 p.m.: Irene Hirano Inouye of the U.S.-Japan Council will moderate a discussion on “Becoming an American,” looking at the varied experiences of immigrants — at work, at home, at school, and in the community — with Nahla Kayali, Access California Services (AccessCal); Cynthia Buiza, California Immigrant Policy Center; and Luz Borjon Montalvo, CSU Los Angeles.

Visit for more information and to register. All details are subject to change. Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, Toyota, and the National Archives Foundation.

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