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Japanese and Jewish: A panel on the intersection of Jewish and Japanese identity, anti-AAPI hate, and antisemitism
During AAPI Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month, join ADL and JACL for this timely discussion.

Moderated by Tema Smith, this conversation will bring together Carmel Tanaka, in conversation with Matthew Weisbly.

Carmel Tanaka is a queer, neurodivergent, Jewpanese woman of color and the founder of JQT Vancouver, Genocide Prevention BC, and Cross Cultural Walking Tours. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and interned Japanese Canadians, she is currently conducting an oral history project through ADL’s Collaborative for Change fellowship exploring the intersection of being Japanese and Jewish and their lived and intergenerational experiences of anti-Asian racism and antisemitism in Canada, the US, Japan and Israel.

Matthew Weisbly is the current Education and Communications Coordinator for the Japanese American Citizens League National in Los Angeles. A long-time JACL member, he served as the Youth Representative for the Arizona Chapter and as the inaugural Ted T. Namba fellow for the Pacific Southwest District, and former Daniel K. Inouye Fellow for JACL National in Washington, D.C. He graduated from University of Southern California, where his senior honors thesis explored demographic data and oral histories of Nisei soldiers with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Tema Smith is a diversity advocate, writer and Jewish community builder. She is currently the Director of Jewish Outreach & Partnerships with the ADL and a contributing columnist at The Forward. A recipient of the JPro 2022 Young Professionals award, Tema speaks and trains frequently on racial equity, diversity and antisemitism for synagogues, Jewish organizations, and community groups across North America. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Shalom Hartman Institute Seminar & Writers’ Workshop for Journalists, and was recently elected to the Union for Reform Judaism’s North American Board of Trustees.

May 25, 2022 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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