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To Repair 修理 comprises a film and works commissioned in 2021 by the JACCC of Los Angeles on the theme of Japanese American and Black reparations and solidarity.

This work centers a grandfather and grandson in a concentration camp for Japanese Americans during WWII and a formerly enslaved family in Danville, KY. The healing forms around them are an ancient bell, sacred pines, Sankofa, cowrie shells and golden ancestral wisdom. In 1988, the United States government apologized to survivors of this forced imprisonment and also paid modest reparations. For the healing these actions wrought, I support the Black Reparations movement and hope to educate my community and others about its necessity.

Watch the video here.

Official selection of the 2022 Asian American International Film Festival, and the 2022 Social Justice Film Festival.

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