Video about musician & dancer Nobuko Miyamoto created by the Watase Media Arts Center at the Japanese American National Museum for the Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism exhibition on view from October 15, 2011 through February 19, 2012. For more information, visit

Nobuko Miyamoto (b. 1939) is a dancer and musician who found her political and artistic voice in the Asian American movement. JoAnne Nobuko Miyamoto began her career as a dancer on Broadway in Flower Drum Song and in films like West Side Story and The King and I. After working with director Antonello Branca on Seize the Time, a radical docufiction film about the Black Panthers, and meeting activist Yuri Kochiyama, Miyamoto became deeply involved in Asian American activism. She teamed up with musician Chris Ijima, traveling the country as a part of "Chris and Jo," playing music for Asian American audiences. They recorded the album "Grain of Sand" with Charlie Chin in 1973. She settled in Los Angeles and continued to perform music with Benny Yee in a group called Warriors of the Rainbow. In the late 1970s, Miyamoto and Yee collaborated on the first Asian American musical called Chop Suey, which followed the story of a Chinese American girl's struggle to find her voice. This was the first project of Miyamoto's multi-ethnic performing arts organization Great Leap, which was founded to promote Asian American performing arts. For more information about Great Leap, visit their website:

JANM — Atualizado em Jan 20 2012 3:03 p.m.

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