Project Kokoro and the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California are co-sponsoring a reading and panel of writers of Nanka Nikkei Voices: The Japanese American Family on Sunday, June 3, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Orange County Buddhist Church social hall, 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim.

From left: Masunaga, Muranaka, Nishimoto and Sakamoto.

The panel will be facilitated by Iku Kiriyama, editor and chair of NNV, and will feature writers Roy Sakamoto, Bill Watanabe, Yosh Nishimoto, Gwen Muranaka and Samantha Masunaga, who will read from their stories and participate with the audience, sharing experiences and insights into the variety of subjects covered in the fourth publication of Nanka Nikkei Voices.

Humor, thoughtful introspection and memories of childhood are reflected in Sakamoto’s “My Name Is Baka,” Watanabe’s “The Screen Door,” Nishimoto’s “Mottainai…,” Muranaka’s “Tastes of the Season,” and Masunaga’s “Learning About My Heritage.”

Copies will be available for $25. A portion of the sales will go towards the OCBC 50th Anniversary Building Project. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Diana Ono at (310) 516-9806 or Christy Sakamoto at

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