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The Go For Broke Spirit: Legacy in Portraits


Photographs by Shane Sato

Stories and video by Robert Horsting and Shane Sato


November 3 - 24, 2019

George J. Doizaki Gallery

JACCC 244 S. San Pedro St. Los. Angeles, CA 90012


Opening reception - Sunday, November 3 at 1 pm

Veteran’s Forum - Saturday, November 9 at 1 pm



This exhibition brings together the stories of the Japanese American soldiers who fought in America’s wars and the work of photographer Shane Sato, whose portraits of Japanese American WWII veterans are featured in his book The Go For Broke Spirit : Portraits of Courage and his upcoming The Go For  Broke Spirit: Portraits of Legacy.


The oral history project includes new portraits and interviews of Japanese American veterans of the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars in a short video documentary on display in the gallery.

A public discussion forum on November 9, 2019 will provide an opportunity to hear from some of the veterans in person. Organized by the Veterans Memorial Court Alliance, the exhibit is also designed to bring greater awareness of the Japanese American National War Memorial Court, the only memorial of its kind dedicated to Japanese American soldiers killed in action during all of America’s wars


Since 2009, the Veterans Memorial Court Alliance has coordinated efforts to maintain and preserve the Memorial Court with the support of its founding organizations. The mission of the Alliance is to educate, inform and provide community forums on the heroic contributions of Japanese Americans in all wars of the United States of America and to foster understanding and appreciation of their patriotic accomplishments to eliminate prejudice and discrimination and to erect, preserve and maintain other monuments and memorials dedicated to that cause.


This exhibition is made possible with support from the JA Community Foundation and the California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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