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Saturday, May 26
Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents. Upcoming tour: June 30.

Sunday, June 3
Performance artist Dan Kwong teams up with taiko artist Kenny Endo for this moving and hilarious tribute to Kwong’s rebellious late mother, Momo Nagano.

Sunday, June 3

Saturday, June 16
At the heart of this documentary are three Nisei sisters who were born on a farm in the Sacramento River Delta and whose lives were directly impacted by significant historical events such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Saturday–Sunday, June 23–24
Join Glennis Dolce for this exploration of the Japanese tradition of silkworm rearing. Watch a sericulture video presentation and then learn to process silk cocoons into usable fiber, thread, and jewelry applications. Some silk dyeing will be done using the cocoons.

Saturday, June 23
Life after Manzanar sheds light on the “Resettlement”—the relatively unexamined postwar period when Japanese Americans were finally released from the WWII camps. Authors Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist will discuss their book and will facilitate a discussion regarding different responses to the “resettlement.”

This new online resource to teach about the Japanese American experience during WWII utilizes artifacts donated to JANM from the Gihachi Yamashita family. It includes an Issei’s reflections while separated from his family, and correspondence between him and his wife and daughters as they reached out to each other through months and years of fear and anxiety.

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In, artist Kip Fulbeck pairs photographs and statements from his groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, with contemporary portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes in the ensuing years, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world.

This exhibition of photographs by Jim Lommasson captures cherished personal objects brought to the United States by Iraqi and Syrian refugees who successfully resettled here. Bearing handwritten notes by their owners that explain what the objects mean to them, these moving, intimate images are a testimony to the common threads that bind all of humanity: love for family, friendship, and the places people call home.

An overview of Japanese American history from early immigration to the present day. Incorporates artifacts, artwork, and media—including rare home movies and a section of the barracks from the Heart Mountain concentration camp.


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