Letters and Politics

Nobuko Miyamoto: From Japanese Internment to Hollywood to Third World Liberation

Guest: Nobuko Miyamoto is a third-generation Japanese American songwriter, dance and theater artist, and activist, and is the Artistic Director of Great Leap. Her work has explored ways to reclaim and decolonize our minds, bodies, histories, and communities, using the arts to create social change and solidarity across cultural borders. Two of Nobuko’s albums are part of the Smithsonian Folkways catalog: A Grain of Sand, with Chris Iijima and Charlie Chin, produced by Paredon Records in 1973, and 120,000 Stories, released by Smithsonian Folkways in 2021. Her memoir Not Yo’ Butterfly: My Long Song of Relocation, Race, Love, and Revolution will be released in June this year.



Artist Song Album Label
Herbie HancockFat Mama (Remastered Album Version)Mwandishi: The Complete Warner Bros. RecordingsRhino/Warner Bros.
Nobuko MiyamotoWhat is the Color of Love?120,000 StoriesSmithsonian Folkways Recordings