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John Tateishi

Author, American Internment Camp Survivor, Educator, National Executive Director of JACL’s National Committee for Redress

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John Tateishi Biography

John Tateishi, two and a half years old at the outbreak of WWII, was forced with his family from their home in Los Angeles and sent to the so-called Manzanar Relocation Center, one of ten American concentration camps in which Japanese Americans were incarcerated throughout WWII.

At the war’s end, his family returned to Los Angeles, where they and Japanese Americans throughout the West Coast states began the long struggle to rebuild their lives and communities amid a climate of antagonism against them provoked by their wartime imprisonment and the belief that they had been guilty of betraying the country. In this climate, the adults endured while young Japanese Americans, like John, faced with similar hostilities as their parents, learned to deal with the racism and hatred directed at them and sought ways to assimilate as a way to gain acceptance. By his high school years, John was a typical Los Angeles teenager: he drove too fast, loved R&B, played sports, loved hamburgers and malts. But he never forgot the images from his childhood: Manzanar with its barbed wire fences and soldiers in guard towers.

John studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and attended UC Davis for graduate studies. After completing a Masters degree program and anxious for travel, he and his wife Carol moved to London, England, where they both taught, and on academic holidays, donned backpacks and hitch-hiked through the Continent. Three years later, they returned to the Bay Area, where he took a teaching position in the English Department at City College of San Francisco, and in 1975, became involved with the redress program of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization.

In 1978, he was appointed chair of the JACL’s National Committee for Redress and guided the JACL through a controversial strategy that would ultimately unite a harshly divided community and serve as an effective educational tool that informed Americans across the country about the wartime treatment of Japanese Americans. He resigned his teaching tenure at City College in 1981 to devote himself fulltime to the redress campaign and served as the JACL’s principal redress lobbyist in Washington D.C. as the JACL’s Redress Director, a position he held until he left the campaign two years before its successful culmination with the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. In 1999, he was asked to return to the JACL as its National Executive Director, and brought the JACL onto the national stage following the terrorist attacks on 9/11 when he called upon JACL chapters across the nation to support and protect Muslim and Arab communities against public backlash and spoke out publicly against the dangers of scapegoating the Arab and Muslim communities as the nation had done to Japanese Americans following the attack at Pearl Harbor. The JACL became an important national voice in challenging the Bush administration’s post-9/11 policies that undermined the civil liberties of Americans.

John and Carol live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have a grown son and daughter.

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Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations

Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations

And Justice For All: An Oral History Of The Japanese American Detention Camps

And Justice For All: An Oral History Of The Japanese American Detention Camps

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John Tateishi Biography

John Tateishi, two and a half years old at the outbreak of WWII, was forced with his family from their home in Los Angeles and sent to the so-called Manzanar Relocation Center, one of ten American concentration camps in which Japanese Americans were incarcerated throughout WWII.

At the war’s end, his family returned to Los Angeles, where they and Japanese Americans throughout the West Coast states began the long struggle to rebuild their lives and communities amid a climate of antagonism against them provoked by their wartime imprisonment and the belief that they had been guilty of betraying the country. In this climate, the adults endured while young Japanese Americans, like John, faced with similar hostilities as their parents, learned to deal with the racism and hatred directed at them and sought ways to assimilate as a way to gain acceptance. By his high school years, John was a typical Los Angeles teenager: he drove too fast, loved R&B, played sports, loved hamburgers and malts. But he never forgot the images from his childhood: Manzanar with its barbed wire fences and soldiers in guard towers.

John studied English Literature at UC Berkeley and attended UC Davis for graduate studies. After completing a Masters degree program and anxious for travel, he and his wife Carol moved to London, England, where they both taught, and on academic holidays, donned backpacks and hitch-hiked through the Continent. Three years later, they returned to the Bay Area, where he took a teaching position in the English Department at City College of San Francisco, and in 1975, became involved with the redress program of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization.

In 1978, he was appointed chair of the JACL’s National Committee for Redress and guided the JACL through a controversial strategy that would ultimately unite a harshly divided community and serve as an effective educational tool that informed Americans across the country about the wartime treatment of Japanese Americans. He resigned his teaching tenure at City College in 1981 to devote himself fulltime to the redress campaign and served as the JACL’s principal redress lobbyist in Washington D.C. as the JACL’s Redress Director, a position he held until he left the campaign two years before its successful culmination with the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. In 1999, he was asked to return to the JACL as its National Executive Director, and brought the JACL onto the national stage following the terrorist attacks on 9/11 when he called upon JACL chapters across the nation to support and protect Muslim and Arab communities against public backlash and spoke out publicly against the dangers of scapegoating the Arab and Muslim communities as the nation had done to Japanese Americans following the attack at Pearl Harbor. The JACL became an important national voice in challenging the Bush administration’s post-9/11 policies that undermined the civil liberties of Americans.

John and Carol live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have a grown son and daughter.

John Tateishi Videos

  • John Tateishi: An Afternoon with the Author
    Join the NVMC in this talk-story with John Tateishi about his book "Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American...
  • Looking Back: John Tateishi
    John Tateishi reacted to wartime prejudice and his incarceration in Manzanar by turning away from Japanese culture and language. It's a loss he, and...
  • From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11 - John Tateishi
    From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11 John Tateishi Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin...

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  • How to book John Tateishi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Tateishi for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for John Tateishi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Tateishi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Tateishi?

    Booking fees for John Tateishi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Tateishi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Tateishi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Tateishi for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Tateishi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Tateishi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Tateishi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Tateishi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Tateishi for your event is available upon request. John Tateishi generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ijeoma Oluo, Nikki Giovanni, Shiza Shahid, Lisa Ling and Dolores Huerta. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Tateishi for an upcoming live or virtual event.

John Tateishi Speaker Videos

  • John Tateishi: An Afternoon with the Author
    Join the NVMC in this talk-story with John Tateishi about his book "Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations". For more information on the Nisei...
    Looking Back: John Tateishi
    John Tateishi reacted to wartime prejudice and his incarceration in Manzanar by turning away from Japanese culture and language. It's a loss he, and many in his generation, later regretted.
  • From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11 - John Tateishi
    From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11 John Tateishi Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an order that resulted in the...

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