Jan. 30: Virtual NYC 2022 Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution to Feature Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, Kai Naima Williams and Taiyo Na

Sunday, January 30th, 2022 marks Fred T. Korematsu’s birthday and the 5th annual recognition of Fred T. Korematsu Day in New York City. Join us in honoring his legacy of protest against anti-Asian and state violence.

Kathryn and Fred T. Korematsu sit on the bench dedicated to JFK Jr. in a courtyard adjacent to the NYU Law School Auditorium in April, 2000. Photo by Lia Chang

Learn about the history of having this day recognized in NYC. Enjoy performances from artists Kai Naima Williams and Taiyo Na. Hear words from federal judge Kiyo Matsumoto who, through the Asian American Bar Association of New York, has been part of a team that re-enacted trials involving Asian Americans including Korematsu v. United States. Come together to share what this legacy means to you and how it informs our collective action today.

Against a backdrop of racial and state violence in our country against Asian Americans and other BIPOC groups, we gather to acknowledge the importance of speaking up against injustice. Let’s honor Fred T. Korematsu and the many Japanese Americans who have resisted violence and continue to inspire us to fight for collective liberation.
DATE: January 30, 2022
TIME: 6pm ET
Location: Zoom (Register for Zoom details)

This virtual event is organized by the
New York Fred Korematsu Day Committee
Closed captioning and Japanese translation will be available 

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young, written and directed by Garth Kravits, recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

As an actor, Lia made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and was featured as Joy in Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1965 Obie award winning play, Chicago directed by Joseph Chaikin at the Public Theater. Off Broadway credits include: Once Upon A (korean) Time (EST), Jeff Weiss’ Obie Award winning Hot Keys (Naked Angels), Raunchy Asian Women (Ohio Theatre), The Confirmation (The Vineyard), Behind Closed Doors (MCC), Power Play (Billie Holiday Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Underground Soap, and Famine Plays (Cucaracha Theatre), Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau at the Castillo Theatre (New Federal Theatre).

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