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Saturday–Sunday, December 9–10
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.

Tuesday, December 12
One of the most acclaimed films of 2016 and an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, with a flood of rich archival material.

Saturday, December 16
Learn about the history of washi and how to apply it onto a variety of plumbing hardware like washers to create jewelry.

Saturday, December 23
Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents. Upcoming tour: December 30.

JANM will close early at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 24 and will be closed all day on Monday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. We will also close early at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 and will be closed all day on Monday, January 1 in observance of the New Year holiday.

Check out the Museum Store Gift Catalog or browse through for more unique cultural gifts, books, and DVDs. JANM members get 10% off!

Check out our newest online resource for learning about America’s Concentration Camps. Photographs, letters, artwork, oral histories, and moving images from JANM’s permanent collection have been digitized and 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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Transpacific Borderlands examines the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. By looking at the work of Japanese Latin American artists, the exhibition shows how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture.

Transpacific Borderlands is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, and is made possible through grants from the Getty Foundation. The presenting sponsor of PST: LA/LA is Bank of America.

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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