AFTERNOON PLENARY: JAPANESE AMERICANS MAKING QUEER ART
Melvin Fujikawa, a Los Angeles native, received his Master of Music degree in voice at USC. He has served as music and worship pastor at the Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles and the executive pastor at Christian Layman Church in Oakland. After publicly coming out in 2011, Fujikawa joined the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and has performed many solos at Davies Symphony Hall and Nourse Auditorium. He and his soon-to- be-husband, Mark Hamner, live in Berkeley.
Mia Nakano, a fourth-generation Japanese American and queer woman of color, is the director of the Visibility Project (visibilityproject.org), a national photo and video archive dedicated to the queer, Asian American women and trans community. A freelance photographer, videographer, and web designer, Nakano is a seasoned, self-taught artist who advocates strategic and ethical use of visual arts to create social change. She has contributed to the Smithsonian, Salon.com, and the de Young Museum.
Tina Takemoto, PhD
Tina Takemoto’s filmography includes Looking for Jiro, Memoirs of Bjork-Geisha, Arm’s Length, and Her/She Senses Imag(in)ed Malady. Looking for Jiro received the Best Experimental Jury Award at the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival and was presented at numerous festivals, including Frameline, Ann Arbor Film Festival, MIX NYC, CAAM, Fusion, MIX Milano, MIX Mexico, Hamburg Queer Film Festival and Rio Gay Film Festival.
Amy Sueyoshi, PhD (Moderator)
Amy Sueyoshi is associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and holds a joint faculty appointment in Sexuality Studies and Race and Resistance Studies. She is the author of Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Intimate Life of Yone Noguchi. Dr. Sueyoshi is a founding member of the GLBT History Museum, the first queer history museum in the United States.