Part 1 - Finding Voice

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First in the Great Leap at 40: The Gatherings series, Part 1 - Finding Voice' was the title of a Great Leap event held March 11, 2018 at Senshin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles. The event served to gather voices and community around the origins of the Great Leap organization.




Participants gathered in the temple's social hall, the same location where four decades ago Nobuko Miyamoto started a community dance class. On the same wood floors that gave ground to Nobuko's artistic career of weaving together performance and activism, event participants gathered in a large circle to spend the afternoon re-living memorable performances and reminiscing about their impact and meaning on the Asian American identity movement.

The introduction of the event included a live performance of We Are The Children and included artists Genie Nagano, Quincy Surasmith, Lisa Furutani, Nancy Sekizawa, Carla Vega, Anne Ito, Marsha Furutani, and Nobuko Miyamoto.

Dr. Deborah Wong welcomed attendees.

Warren Furutani shared a thoughts on Great Leap's contribution to art, culture, and the Asian American Movement.

Nobuko's Dance Class

Story Circle for Rev. Mas, Nobuko's Dance Class, and Kinnara Taiko

Warriors of the Rainbow

Story Circle for Warriors of the Rainbow


Chop Suey Medley

Story Circle for Chop Suey

Event Finale

After the event's final story circle, the ensemble performed a closing medley.


Event participants enjoyed a reception of Chinese food catered by Feast from the East, as well as a 40th anniversary cake.