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Honoring Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga
Saturday, April 21
Democracy thrives only when individuals take it upon themselves to fight for it. Our 2018 Gala Dinner will celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond what most average citizens do to ensure that the United States lives up to its promise. Judith Hill, along with parents Michiko and Pee Wee Hill, will be the Gala’s featured performers.

Saturday, April 28
Scholar Richard Keao NeSmith will discuss the origins and evolution of the word hapa, addressing varying perspectives on who is hapa, who can or should rightfully use the term, and what linguists call the etymological process of conversion. Presented in conjunction with hapa.me.

Saturday, April 28
Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents. Upcoming tour: May 26.

Saturday–Sunday, May 5–6
The World of Washi workshop series continues with two projects demonstrating that hand-made washi beads can be unique and elegant: a delicate necklace crimped on a gold/silver chain and a memory-wire bracelet of semi-precious stones and washi danglies.

Saturday, May 12
FREE! Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and hapa.me: 15 years of the hapa project with activities that explore themes of identity and personal heritage.

Learn about America’s Concentration Camps through photos, letters, artwork, oral histories, and moving images from JANM’s permanent collection in this new online resource organized by themes to help students and educators across the nation learn about the incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII.



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Exhibitions


In hapa.me, 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.

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.

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.

 



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