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Saturday–Sunday, October 19–20
Participants will focus on indigo and shibori dyeing of recycled fabrics and threads which will be used to make a replica of a komebukuro, or offering bag.

Saturday, October 19 • FREE
Velina Hasu Houston explores the archetype myth in Madame Butterfly: The Original, adapted from John Luther Long’s 1898 short story, which features quite a different ending than depicted in the famed story in Giacomo Puccini’s similarly named opera. What is the “real” story of Madame Butterfly?

Sunday, October 20 • FREE
Members of NCRR will discuss the contributions needed to secure the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which provided redress to Japanese Americans forced to leave their homes and businesses during WWII. A discussion will follow with a new generation of community activists.

Saturday, November 2
The true story of two WWII soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—set during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic’s revelatory and fascinating diary that ultimately changed some Americans’ perception of Japan. A national bestseller by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Saturday, November 16
Set in a fishing village in So. Carolina in 1941, this film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. Q&A with filmmakers after screening.

The work of Japanese American designers Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata permeated postwar culture. Learn about how their WWII incarceration had a powerful effect on their lives and art.

New York City: October 18, 19, 20
Orange County: November 10 • FREE

The JANM Store Catalog is here! Start your holiday shopping early and check out the selection of unique cultural gifts, books, and DVDs. 10% members discount!

Read stories about Nikkei heroes—from an Australian Issei to WWII veterans and friends that championed Nikkei during the war and more. Be inspired by these stories submitted by contributors around the world. If you like them, award them a “star”! The story with the most stars will be translated and featured.


At First Light is a multi-media exhibition that explores and celebrates the emergence of a politically defined Asian Pacific American consciousness and identity. It chronicles the transformation of the un-American categorization of “Oriental” to the political identity of “Asian Pacific American” that rejected racist stereotypes, stood up for human rights, recovered lost histories, and created new cultural expressions.

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.

Fighting for Democracy returns to JANM’s galleries. The experimental exhibition features seven real people and traces their stories throughout the pre-war, World War II, and post-war periods as examples of the millions of Americans whose lives were affected by the war and how each sought equal rights for their families and communities.

A uranium bomb devastated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and a plutonium bomb exploded over Nagasaki on August 9. Beyond the many dead, the survivors have endured physical and spiritual pain to this day. Japanese Americans then living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki who survived are a part of this vital story.

To commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombings, this special exhibition presents photographs, explanatory texts, artifacts, and contemporary art that shed light on this painful history and provides a safe space for discussion with the hope that such events never happen again.


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