Survival of the Kindest: Nobuko Miyamoto – Evolutionary Processes

Nobuko Miyamoto – Evolutionary Processes

SUCH THING AS BLACK STUDIES IN THE SCHOOLS, NO SUCH THING AS LATINO OR AMERICAN STUDIES. SO WE DID NOT REALLY KNOW OUR OWN STORY. RIGHT NOW THERE’S A BIG PUSH IN EDUCATION, AMONGST FILMMAKERS, AMONGST WRITERS, INTELLECTUALS TO TELL OUR STORIES AND KNOWING OUR STORIES IS GIVING US POWER. IT’S SHOWING US WHAT PLACE WE’VE HAD IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS COUNTRY.

WE BELONG HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE WORKED HERE. WE HAVE DEVELOPED THIS COUNTRY. WE ALSO HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AT THIS POINT, EVEN AS PEOPLE OF COLOR WE ARE SETTLERS HERE. THAT THIS IS THE COUNTRY OF NATIVE PEOPLES, NATIVE AMERICAN. SO IT’S A COMPLEX ISSUE THAT WE’RE WE’RE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW.

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/survival-of-the-kindest/id1525026504?i=1000539084833

This week Julian talks to Nobuko Miyamoto about her art which spans all media and practices, and in which community plays a large role. 

In this episode Nobuko talks about how she came to understand her own position in American culture as a Japanese American women, how passing as Puerto Rican in Westside Story made her look deeper into the culture and community in America, how the black panthers spoke for so many people, how the Vietnam war shaped her youth and her future, and about how Art threads through it all. 

The knowledge embedded in community is something that comes up a lot on this podcast and this episode is no exception, and Nobuko has such a deep understanding of community practice, and the benefits it brings. 

Nobuko Miyamoto Website, Twitter

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