The Japanese American and Chicano Communities
Stand Up for Justice and Maceo: Demon Drummer of East LA
Thursday, August 18
7:30PM - 10:30PM
The communities of Boyle Heights and Little Tokyo continue the connections between Mexican Americans and Japanese Americans with the screenings of Stand Up for Justice and Maceo: Demon Drummer.
After the film, members of the community will answer questions and share plans for future screenings and teacher workshops.
Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) and Visual Communications present, Stand Up for Justice, a 30-minute film based on the true story of a 16-year-old, Mexican-Irish American high school student from Belmont High School who joined his Japanese American friends at Manzanar during World War II. Ralph Lazo voluntarily lived at Manzanar as the only non-Japanese (non-spouse), was drafted from the camp, and in later years continued to support his Japanese American friends in the fight for redress and reparations.
Maceo: Demon Drummer is an East Los Angeles native who began playing Japanese taiko drums with the Sozenji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles, eventually playing with the world famous Ondekoza taiko troupe. This video also by John Esaki records Maceo's intriguing cross-cultural adventure and how it helped him overcome a devastating leg amputation.