Tea and Conversation - Yamanaka & Company: An Asian American Story


Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 12:00pm



Two old-style photographs stacked one on top of the other; the top photo depicts an Asian family dressed nicely and sitting down on the grass, the bottom photo highlights a storefront that reads "Yamanaka & CO. INC."

Join researcher Najiba Choudhury and filmmaker Mika Yatsuhashi as they discuss the legacy of Yamanaka & Company, founded by Japanese American art dealers who endured discrimination and forced sales of their property during World War II. Yamanaka & Company was one of the most well-known art dealers selling Asian art to Western buyers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

This conversation features a screening of Yatsuhashi’s short film An Uninterrupted View of the Sea, which includes material from the Freer and Sackler and from the director’s own family archives. The film also streams from May 26–31.