In addition to Keynote Speaker Norman Mineta, there will be other distinguished Nikkei speakers and panelists during the General Session on Friday, September 20th!

Dr. Arthur K. Miki, CM, OM (Canada)

“Redress, Revitalization, Renewal: A Canadian Experience”

Arthur Miki has had a distinguished career as an educator and community activist. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and later served as principal for 18 years. Throughout his career, Mr. Miki dedicated a considerable amount of time in promoting positive race relations and a greater understanding between peoples, as well as to increase awareness of human rights issues in Canada. He was formerly the vice-chairperson of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and now advisor, president of the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (JCAM), and president of the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.

Mr. Miki is an active leader in the Japanese Canadian community having served as president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC)  from 1984-1992. He led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War. In 1991 he received this country’s highest recognition, the Order of Canada.  In October 1999 he received an Honourary Doctorate degree from the University of Winnipeg. On July 12, 2012 he received the Order of Manitoba. In 2014 he was awarded the Canadian Race Relations Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 the Harmony Award for leadership and Excellence from the Transformation Institute and Silvertrust Media. In 2017 he received the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japan government.

He is the author of The Japanese Canadian Redress Legacy: A Community Revitalized (2003) and co-author of Shaku of Wondrous Grace: Through the Garden of Yoshimaru Abe (2007). Mr. Miki was Citizenship Judge for Manitoba and Saskatchewan from 1998 to 2008 and was formerly a part time lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, Faculty of  Education.

Carole Hayashino (USA)

Hawaiian Nikkei Experience

Carole Hayashino is a former President and Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Carole helped to bring national attention to Hawai‘i’s World War II internment camps and the preservation of Honouliuli, the longest operating camp in the State. In February 2015, Carole and Jane Kurahara represented JCCH at the White House to witness President Barack Obama sign the executive order to establish the Honouliuli National Monument.  

In 2018, Carole served as a member of the Gannenmono Committee. As a member of the Committee, she produced the short documentary, Gannenmono: Hawaii’s First Japanese Immigrants screened at the June 7th commemoration, facilitated a talk-story with Gannenmono descendants and worked with the State Archives on a special exhibition of historical documents on the Gannenmono immigrants’ recruitment, journey and contract work in Hawai‘i. Carole is also a member of the U.S.-Japan Council, Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Fukuoka Kenjin Kai, United Japanese Society of Honolulu, Japanese Women’s Society Foundation and Yushin Kai.  

Prior to JCCH, Carole served as Vice President for University Advancement at California State University Sacramento and Associate Vice President at San Francisco State University.  She also taught in Asian American Studies and was the Associate National Director for the Japanese American Citizens League where she was involved in the national legislative campaign for redress and reparations.  Her awards include the Japanese American of the Biennium Award in Education and Humanities by the National JACL; Advocacy Award, National Japanese American Historical Society; Marin County Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award; Special Appreciation Award from the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and the Community Leadership Award, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.

Stay tuned for more introductions!