NSU CN CAST 2010
Producer’s Message Good Evening! こんばんは!
On behalf of the Nikkei Student Union at UCLA, we are proud to present our 24th Annual NSU Cultural Night, “Brothers Miyazaki.” As veteran NSUers, Cultural Night was something we had each participated in at least every year of our college career – whether it was acting as a young mother sent to an internment camp in our drama; painting white fences for props in the backyard of a former alumni; or performing with bachi in hand to the beat of a taiko drum. We as producers and as seniors in NSU came into this year’s production with our own individual CN experiences, but we were brought together by something that extends beyond a three hour live performance in Royce Hall. We were brought together because we each cherished the moments we had shared putting on one of NSU’s biggest and proudest events. And ultimately, we were brought together because we wanted to give back to something that reminded us of our times spent forging new friendships, reliving history, and experiencing “CN magic”. We realize the enormity of putting this production together, but it was something well worth the challenge. Seeing the passion and dedication of all the performers and staff to create this show together as one has made it a remarkable journey that we are thrilled to share with you tonight. Throughout our times spent in college, we eventually find our particular niches of friends, interests, and community. For us, this niche has molded who we are, what we believe in, and how we define family. And for us, NSU has become this niche that continues to shape the ways in which we work together and are reminded about our Japanese American culture and heritage. Every year, CN weaves together a different story about the rich history of Japanese Americans – from internment, redress and reparations to current issues of gentrification in our Little Tokyo’s and Japantowns. CN 2010 goes a generation further, revisiting the Issei (first generation) experience to America. Even as producers, we were able to reflect upon our different generational roots in how our parents, grandparents, and greatgrandparents first stepped foot in this country. In a sense, this year’s CN is about a time we often forget or don’t know much about. We realize it is up to us to keep this history alive and educate you as audience members about a story which all Americans should remember as part of their own. Tonight, we join together with our close friends, family, alumni, and NSU community to showcase not just another Cultural Night, but an entire year’s worth of unforgettable experiences to add to the pages of our CN memory book. Thank you again for your tremendous support and we look forward to another epic CN show! With CNP Love, Jade Sano, LiAnn Ishizuka & Mimi Yang
Good evening everyone,
On behalf of all the members and performers of the Nikkei Student Union, I am very honored to welcome you all to our 24th Annual Cultural Night. For the next few hours that we spend together, we will all be part of the continuing legacy of those who have loved and dedicated their lives to the community. Cultural Night started out of student activism during the Redress and Reparations movement, and since then we have carried on the torch of cultural awareness and community preservation. Tonight is a commemoration of the struggles our community has faced, a celebration of what we have accomplished, and a willing acceptance of what remains to be done. This year’s script is focused on the Issei generation, but our vision is based on an appreciation for all of those who have come before us and laid the foundation for what we have today. This gratitude extends to our community, family, and peers who continually support us and stand by our side. It is when we all come together with a united vision that true progress can be made. So I thank you all sincerely for being here tonight. Our student peers, families, alumni, and community members: your love and support are the reasons why we have come this far and we are so grateful. Finally, to all the performers, I am so honored to be the president of such a great organization. Cultural Night is the final product of months of hard work and dedication, and the path we have taken to get here is just as significant as what we do on the stage tonight. Without you all by my side, Cultural Night would not be the same. After all we have received to get where we are today, it’s now our turn to give back. As a first step, let’s bring down house tonight and put on an amazing show! Edward Kobayashi President
Scriptwriter’s Message When talking with my mom one night about my grandfather, I realized that there was so little I knew about his life, or the lives of my other grandparents. I knew even less about my great-grandparents... and that led to the realization that I knew practically nothing about the Issei generation other than they had immigrated from Japan to America. What was life like for them in the early 1900’s? What must it have felt like to leave one’s home and country to work in a totally foreign land, where the language and customs and people were completely different? I also realized that I didn’t want these stories to be lost from our culture, to just fade away with time and the passing of generations. For six months I researched what life was like for the Issei from 1900 to 1920– I lost track of time in the library, I buried myself in books and videos and oral histories. I had originally thought that farming was just sitting in a tractor and lounging on a porch, that the reason all Japanese immigrants left Japan was to come to the United States and establish their families, that everyone in America, regardless of race, got along until World War II when Japanese were mass incarcerated. Wow, I was really wrong. The realities were pretty much the exact opposite: Most Issei came to America because they were trying to evade the draft in Japan, or they had heard that a man could make twice as much money in America and then return back home with a fortune – it wasn’t until after they had found jobs and settled somewhat that they decided to stay. In agricultural work (the most popular occupation for the Issei), one had to get up anywhere from 4 to 6am and work all day long–every day– until sometimes 8 or 9pm. Japanese faced racial discrimination in every day life, and laws passed by the government (Alien Land Laws of 1913, 1920) barred them from having a fair chance in the market competition. Yet through all this, they still endured and still managed to attain success in this new land. is very widely known as a topic name, but not very well known detail-wise – sort of like a I feel like the story of the Issei book whose cover you’ve read a bunch of times but never really opened. Tonight I hope you’ll take away with you an idea of what our forefathers have gone through to establish themselves in America and create the communities we have today. It’s the story that started all the other stories in Japanese American history, let’s not forget it! Thank you all for coming, and I hope you enjoy NSU’s Cultural Night 2010, the Brothers Miyazaki! Katie Miyake CN Script Writer and Co-Director 2010
The mission of the UCLA Nikkei Student Union is to organize social and community service activities as well as to promote Japanese American cultural and political awareness among the student body.
NSUâ€™s Cultural Night History
The first Cultural Night the Nikkei Student Union held was in 1987 in the midst of the fight for the redress and reparations for the Japanese Americans that were interned during World War II. On February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This caused the forced and illegal removal of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans from their West Coast homes to internment camps scattered far from the coast. The Day of Remembrance, held each year on Presidentâ€™s Day, is an important day in the Japanese American community because it commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066. In the late eighties, Nikkei Student Union fought for redress and reparations from President Carter and President Reagan alongside the Japanese American community. Through their own form of activism, Nikkei Student Union decided to host their own week of Remembrance. This was the beginning of our annual cultural production. Over the years, Cultural Night has transformed from a drama show to a full fledge production with drama, taiko, odori, and modern hip-hop dancing. We are proud to announce that this will be our 24th anniversary and the mission of Cultural Night more alive than ever. As a Nikkei student organization, we are devoted to preserving our history and culture and sharing it with the Japanese American community, the UCLA community, and beyond. We strive to promote Japanese American cultural and political awareness among the student body. Tonight we wish to educate our audience and present them the perspective of the Nikkei Youth.
Tonightâ€™s Program Act 1: Opening Act: Kyodo Taiko Scene 1: The Times in San Francisco Scene 2: Reunion Odori Scene 3: Fieldwork and Plans Scene 4: The Gambling House Modern Scene 5: Buying The Land Scene 6: Los Angeles Marketplace Intermission Act 2: Modern Scene 7.1: The Traveling Samurai Picture Show 7.2: Medicine and Smoke 7.3: The Fire 7.4: The Aftermath Scene 8.1: The General Store 8.2: Back To Japan Odori Scene 9: The Message Scene 10: Jiroâ€™s Idea Kyodo Taiko Scene 11: 100 Days Since T.O.M. (Taiko, Odori, Modern)
Sanae: Michelle Tang Danny: Mena Rezekolla Vince: Michael Ono Ted: Kevin Machino Newspaper Boss: Kuni Matsuo House: Kevin Machino Drink Server: Katie Miyake Akiko: Jennifer Horito Toshiko: Rena Matsushita Mr. Nelson: Marcus Toji Mrs. Nelson: Ile Rosas Mamoru: Kenny Chang Frank: Michael Ono Beverly: Christina Yu Passerby: Emily Yagi Mr. Matsumoto: Yuta Ebikawa Mrs. Matsumoto: Cyndi Tando Mr. Wealth: Edward Kobayashi White Farmer: Will Chau Oranges Man: Kevin Machino Movie Announcer: Lauren Gabourel Projector Operator: Will Chau Agnes: Christina Yu Ethel: Ashley Honma Agatha: Herumi Baylon Store Clerk: Jade Sano Sheriff: Mena Rezekolla Messenger: Lauren Gabourel
Through the eyes of Masao, we follow the fictional lives of three brothers and their experience in strawberry farming in mid 1920’s Gardena. Set against a beautiful backdrop of blue skies and open fields, the Miyazaki brothers – Tatsuo, Masao, and Jiro – and their fellow Issei laborers come together and harvest the year’s crop of berries on the Nelson Farm. Their days are long and tiring but rewarding; their nights are fun and a time to unwind with friends. But now that they are in America and have found a place to work, where are they going next? It has been Tatsuo’s dream to come to the United States and make it big - he sees his window of opportunity through saving up and buying the Nelson Farm, finding his way around the 1913 Alien Land Law. But in pursuing that dream, jealousy arises between good friends and everything suddenly falls apart. Now it’s up to the brothers to overcome their obstacles – the laws and the discrimination – and establish themselves in this new country.
Message From the Drama Directors One day someone I didn’t know came up to me and asked, “You’re directing CN, right?” So that was the day I became the co-director of NSU’s Culture Night 2010. This experience has been one of the most rewarding of my time at UCLA. Working with the producers and coordinators of the performance groups has shown me the commitment that people will share when they focus on one single goal. This process was not always an easy one, but where we are tonight will show the hard work of the past few months. There is no other creative team I could be prouder of working with, than the team putting CN together. -Marcus Toji I just have to say that I’m so proud of everyone in our drama cast. We’ve really come a long way, and to put on a production like this in just 6 weeks is really something amazing. It’s been a real privilege working with all of the cast, with the producers, and especially Marcus and Betty. I owe you my life! I couldn’t have done this without you. Marcus, I can’t thank you enough. Hope you enjoyed our late night dinners at Norms, I know I did. -Katie Miyake
Jiro Albert Quach
Kanako Katrina Kuraishi
Lily Amanda Kimura
Tatsuo Brian Duong
Masao Travis Lau
Drama Directors Betty Wang Marcus Toji (Mr. Nelson) Katie Miyake
Riichi Justin Endo
Kazuo Sho Habu
Nisuke Edwin Kho
Mitsy Sam Ng
George Grant Kondo
Performers: Andrew Chen, Crystal Hanano, David Okikawa, Edward Kobayashi, Eric Itow, Eryn Tokuhara, Jarret Leong, Jeffery Lieu, Jill Tahara, Justin Kim, Karen Nakasato, Katie Miyake, Keiko Harada, Kenny Chang, Lisa Ngo, Masumi Asahi, Michelle Cheng, Mimi Yang, Saki Matsumoto, Samantha Ho, Sandra Nguyen, Seigi Karasaki, Sydney Shiroyama, Trent Oshiro, Yoshimi Kawashima, Yui Kawamoto, Zachary Scott
Kyodo Taiko is the first collegiate taiko group in North America found in 1990 under UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union. Kyodo has two meanings – one is “family,” and the other, literally, “loud children.” This year marks our 20th anniversary, reflecting a lasting tradition and team mentality. Striving to live up to the group’s name, Kyodo Taiko functions as a family, sharing the joy and spirit of taiko with more and more of the surrounding community each year. All of Kyodo Taiko’s pieces are either written or arranged by its members and many songs exhibit a variety of ideas and influences. In our peer-driven environment, there is a sense of freedom to experiment, to express and explore with taiko with few reservations or repercussions. This continuous learning process fosters fresh ideas and constant innovation, while seeking to preserve and expand upon the traditions and knowledge of previous years.
Yatai Arranged by Kyodo Taiko (2001) Yatai-bayashi is a traditional Japanese piece that originated from the mountains of Chichibu. It is often heard in the Matsuri – a festival that takes place during the winter months. The song is played with the drummers seated inside beautifully decorated floats, which are carried through the town of Chichibu. This is Kyodo’s own version of the traditional piece…without the floats. Ōkami Composed and Arranged by Andrew Chen The ōkami, or wolf, is often depicted as a supernatural creature in Japanese folklore. Wolves are believed to be divine messengers of the mountain deity yama no kami. Fast and agile, ōkami are capable of concealing themselves behind a single reed. In some stories, ōkami are said to follow travelers wandering the mountain forests alone at night. The presence of an ōkami is only known by the constant chirping of a sparrow at a traveler’s side. The ōkami protect good travelers from forest spirits and other animals while bad travelers risk being eaten. This song embodies the spirit of ōkami as hidden guardians of the mountain forests.
Coordinators: Eryn Tokuhara and Justin Kim
Rai Composed by Ron Peterson (2001) Arranged by Eryn Tokuhara (2010) The rhythms and beats of nature surround us, interact with us, and comprise us, sometimes so delicate and graceful in existence, and other times, so awesomely powerful in presence. Watch, hear, and feel the grace and beauty. And watch, hear, and feel the unyielding power, energy, and vigor as gentle winds transform into commanding storms of rapture of which we like to call…RAI (“thunder”). Nami no Ko (Children of the Waves) Composed and Arranged by Kenny Chang, Michelle Cheng, Yoshimi Kawashima, Lisa Ngo, Sandra Nguyen, Trent Oshiro, and Sydney Shiroyama (2010) The ocean waves do not always soothe, as no ocean is forever calm. From its rushing waves we see the rise of the restless foam. The tumultuous churning is filled with beauty and strength -- hear the rising flow of the water, and the rapid crash of each wave. Listen closely and catch the playful echoes from the ocean’s depths through the cascading spray. Plunge into the swirling sea and be engulfed by the swelling waves. Encore Remix Composed by Jason Lew 1997; Remixed by Craig Ishii, Christine Kimura, and Jason Osajima 2007 Arranged by Keiko Harada 2010 If we had to choose a song that captures the essence of our collegiate taiko experience, it would be “Encore.” Encore carries a special meaning for its members and represents something greater than just Kyodo’s signature piece; it is a reflection of us as a team, as UCLA students, and as a family. This year, we’ve decided to play the ‘remixed’ version of the Kyodo classic, including some hip-hop influence, the challenge of multiple bachi-spins in a single beat, and the energy and togetherness of our family.
Choreographer: Bando Hiroshichiro Coordinators: Elizabeth Hiroyasu, Jaymie Takeshita Artistic Director: Bando Hiroyukiya Supported by: U.S. Kabuki Kenkyu Kai and Kyo no Kai
Performances: Minyo Buyo Shokyoku “Chieko Yosare” Along the coast of Japan, young tomboys merrily play along the sea coast. As they play, they describe the crashing of the waves and the birds that flies playfully high above the ocean. The young tomboys are Jennifer Koga, Shizuka Lei, Yamin Nyunt, Ile Rosas, Terumi Satake, and Nikki Wakimoto.
Buyo Shokyoku “Naniwa Bushi da yo Jinsei ha” Five young geishas of Naniwa (Osaka) describes the various stages of love: courtship, falling in love and heartbreak. The geishas are Layla Hiramatsu, Elizabeth Hiroyasu, Katie Iwanaga, Jaymie Takeshita, and Jamie Yabuno.
Nagauta “Hibai no Fu” With the coming of spring, two girls frolic under the blooming plum blossoms and compose poetry inspired by the flowering plum trees and butterflies. Performing this dance are Elizabeth Hiroyasu and Jaymie Takeshita.
Performers: Albert Heng, Alex Liu, Alison Lee, Amanda Sherman, Bartolomeus Wiharto, Burdette Gebelein, Camellia Cheng, Carson Howerton, Cathy Katagiri, Christian Kitamura, David Nguyen, Derek Yang, Destiny Fortier, Dorothy Chen, Eliana Nudell, Elisa Lo, Gabbie Bautista, Gregory Gee, Hayley Martinez, Hilary Fung, Janet Yau, Jennifer Kreutzer, Jessica Youn, Justin Hayase, Karen Chuang, Kelsey Hutcheson, Kendall Chase, Leanne Iacovetta, Lindsay Warner, Marcus Miyabara, Marisa Huff, Merrick Wadsworth, Rachel ‘Momo’ Okimoto, Randy Chang, Richard Ngo, Sasha Rivero, Shai Rosen, Stephanie Szeto
Set 1: “House of Gaga” Set 2: “Monster Mash” NSU Modern is comprised of multi-ethnic Bruin students who all share the same passion for dance, performance, competition, creativity, and community. The team is the first competitive Nikkei dance group among Southern California’s impressive collection of collegiate dance talent. The dancers are proud to represent the Nikkei Student Union of UCLA.
Backstage & Props
Props Director: Matt Ichinose Special thanks: Yoshiko Honda and Junko Aoki for letting us build props at their home. Nate Imai for letting props use his truck. Miki Koga and Amy Watanabe for the power drills
Aika Murayama Beth Uno Christina Tran Coco Liu Grant Kondo Harshul Zaneri Hiromi Aoyama Kasumi Yoshida Kini Weaver Matt Ichinose Kunihiro Matsuo Nancy Vu Jade Sano Ryan Ichikawa Sam Ng Satoshi Ikeda William Chau Yuta Ebikawa Joshua Arnad Erik Morimoto Christine Imazumi
(taiko, odori, modern)
T.O.M. (taiko, odori, modern) is the traditional last set in CN. It was orginally created to give representatives from each group a chance to perform on stage together. It truly symbolizes the blending of talents, from all the teams in a final fun-filled dance number; the hip hop choreography will incorporate taiko drums and odori inspired dance moves.
Edward Kobayashi Hayley Martinez Amy Watanabe Gregory Gee Yui Kawamoto Saki Matsumoto
William Chau Keiko Harada Karen Nakasato Dorothy Chen Derek Yang David Okikawa
Zachary Scott Andrew Chen LiAnn Ishizuka Jade Sano Mimi Yang Katie Miyake
Tina Noda Amanda Kimura Justin Endo Marcus Toji Grant Kondo Jarret Leong
Jeffrey Lieu not pictured: Kari Kiyokane Rena Matsushita Ricky Miyano
Acknowledgements Special Acknowledgements Bill Sweeney, UCLA Events Office Nereo Diaz, UCLA Central Ticket Office Meg Thornton, UCLA Asian American Studies Center Kristopher Tadashi Kaupalolo, UCLA Center for Student Programming Phil Shofner, Royce Hall Royce Hall Crew John Wooden Center Staff ASUCLA Board of Directors UCLA Asian American Studies UCLA Campus Programs Committee UCLA Financial Committee UCLA Nikkei Student Union Alumni UCLA Student and Campus Life UCLA Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC) Special Thanks Friends and Family of Nikkei Student Union Nikkei Student Union Board Nikkei Student Union Staff 2009-2010 Intercollegiate Nikkei Student Union Affinity Associates CN Production Committee Nikkei Federation & Bryan Takeda – for generous fiscal support East West Players – for generous costume and props donations Craig Ichinose - for generous publicity pens Craig Ishii – for the fundraising lecture Rascals – for generous lunch donation Advertisements Volcano Tea Feast from the East Miyake Family Fugetsudo Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) Progressive Taiko (ProTa) Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) Endo Family Cal Poly Pomona Nikkei Student Union UCSD Nikkei Student Union Eric Murata & Vanessa Yee Golfer Hole Productions Melissa Nishimura & Dorothy Okuyama (MelDor) Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M) Kobayashi Family Shinada Family Nikkei Community Internship c/o 2008 Fugetsudo James Toy Gold Sponsor Yang Family Victoria Dean, The Seaver Institute
Blue Sponsor Union Bank of California
Benefactors Marvin & Gail Harada Matsuura Family Linda Okamoto & Alan Nakasato Hiroki Miyata Deborah & Craig Watanabe Robbie Sugiyama Bill & June Takeshita Laurie Chase Gail H. Gee Patrons Stephanie Sakai Rickie Miyake Minoru Nishida Lea Ann Cook Kyle Ishii Akemi Kitagawa Endo Family
Associates Bryan Takeda Craig Ishii Susette Ishizuka Mickie Okamoto Megumi Tomatsu Liz Ishida Liane & Eric Scott Kevin Suda Caleb Dennis-Kiyasu Jennifer Murakami Christy Sakamoto & Keye Dusan Bryan Furukawa Friends & Alumni Nels Christianson Hiro Matsuo Maged Matta Aki Goya Steve Osako Mika Yokota
Funded by Campus Programs Committee Undergraduate Student Association Programming Fund Associate Vice Chancellor’s Student Activities Fund CCLPEP Managers Stage Manager – Kari Kiyokane House Manager – Tina Noda Sound Manager – Chris Duhn Backstage/Props Manager – Matt Ichinose Make-up/Costumes – Rena Matsushita Nikkei Student Union Board President: Edward Kobayashi Internal Vice President: Karen Nakasato External Vice President: Kevin Machino Treasurer: Yoshimi Kawashima Secretary: Amy Watanabe T-Shirts/Flyer/Poster and Program Cover Design Katie Miyake Filming/Media Timothy Tanaka Dan Kao, Rough Draft Productions FPS Productions
Website Design Ryan Ichikawa
Program Layout Chris Duhn
*All sponsors (Individual & Business) and Advertisements shown here are contributions received by February 4th, 2010
Few more words from your CNPs... To CN Committee:
Kasumi Yoshida, Kimberly Bui, Kevin Machino, Satoshi Ikeda, Christine Imazumi, Grant Kondo, Jacie Matsuura, Terumi Satake, Brittany Hwang, Jennifer Koga, Yeonjoo Cho, Ryan Ichikawa, Aika Murayama, Christina Tran, Harshul Zaveri, Sam Ng, Albert Quach, Hiromi Aoyama, Coco Liu, Cyndi Tando, Isaac Kim, Joshua Aganad, Michelle Kaito, Yuta Ebikawa, Ile Rosas, Katrina Kuraishi, Herumi Ann Baylon, Amanda Kimura
Because we know you wanted this in the program, but it wouldnâ€™t fit anywhere else! :D
Hope you enjoyed our long e-mails, long agendas, and long announcements! We could not have done this without you guys. Your enthusiasm encouraged us to work harder. A million thanks to you all!
To Our Performers: Thanks for sticking with us through all the long rehearsals! We are so lucky to work with such talented people. :)
To Our Sponsors/Donors: Thank you so much for your generous support! Our To Board: Thanks for keeping us in production would not have been made possible without you all. check! Mimi, LiAnn, & Jade
Published on Feb 8, 2010