Japanese American National Museum

Justice Bradley’s Reference to Korematsu is Insensitive and Offensive

A Statement by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

One of the goals of the Japanese American National Museum is to preserve and share the history of people of Japanese ancestry in the United States. As the Chair of its Board of Trustees, I am usually pleased to hear public figures cite sections of that history to argue a point or draw historic parallels. After the 9/11 attacks, for instance, President George W. Bush warned against profiling Muslims and Arab Americans.…

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JANM is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. In addition, all on-site public programs, rentals, and tours are cancelled until further notice. Click here for more information regarding JANM’s response to COVID-19. Updated 4/18/20

While our doors remain temporarily shuttered we will bring you virtual programming that will continue to inspire, educate, and help you stay connected. We are sharing content every day across JANM’s social media platforms. Join us to be inspired, educated, and engaged! JANM From Home is about content and connection.

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During this time of uncertainty, let’s all bring a little extra kindness into the world and fold some orizuru, the Japanese word for origami crane. A tsuru (crane) symbolizes peace, compassion, hope, and healing, and the act of folding a crane (or attempting to fold a crane!) has helped people come together in times of uncertainty. Click on the icon for the tutorial and make your own tsuru!

Scrapbooks, furniture made of scrap wood, pin carving, and letter writing…these are just some of the ways people creatively used their time while incarcerated. Explore these artifacts and others on JANM’s educational microsite Exploring America’s Concentration Camps.

JANM Education presents a workbook for kids and creators of all ages in conjunction with the KCET and JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center co-produced ArtBound documentary, Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience. These activities—designed to be done at-home, offline and with materials lying around the house—are inspired by the legacies of the great Japanese American artists highlighted in the film. Download the PDF.

Watch Shin Miyata, director Akira Boch, and musicians Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal and David Gomez as they discuss the film, Chinax music in Japan, and more.

Learn how art meets activism and how the combination brings forth a unique form of social change. Kim Abeles, John Malpede, and Nobuko Miyamoto explored this topic in the Arts Activism and Los Angeles panel at the Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders event at JANM on March 7, 2020.

In case you missed it, catch up on this performance by FandangObon at the Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders event at JANM on March 7, 2020.

Watch another talk about Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection featuring 50 Objects/Stories project director Nancy Ukai.

With over 100,000 objects in JANM’s permanent collection, every artifact has a story to tell about the people, places, and events from America’s past and the Japanese American experience. Unboxed is a series of short videos meant to highlight the artifacts and stories in JANM’s collection. This weeks highlighted item: Jerome Queen plaque.

Read about how a grandson in Japan discovered the details about the grandfather he never knew—an Issei immigrant from a small fishing village in Yamaguchi—ken who came to America and started a successful barbershop in Seattle, yet tragically died in an accident in his 40s. Get caught up before the final chapter publishes this Wednesday (5/27).


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Q&A with Kiku Obata, Mira Nakashima, Kenji Fujita, and Addie Lanier

Friday, May 29
The work of 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.

Watch the film and then join the children of the artists for a Q&A as they talk about their parents’ lives and legacies.

Wednesday, June 10
Join traci kato-kiriyama in the comfort of your own home to share tea, conversation, and write letters to those we love who are the most vulnerable or isolated in this time. This session we are focusing especially on queer and trans people of color who are currently incarcerated.

Thursday, June 18
What was it like to be gay and Japanese American decades ago? What is it like now? Okaeri, JANM, and Visual Communications invite you to listen to and participate in conversations with several generations of LGBTQ+ Japanese Americans as they talk about their experiences at the intersections of these identities.

Actor and activist George Takei will be in conversation with USC student Justin Kawaguchi; and June Lagmay, a founder of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays, will be in dialogue with Aya Tasaki, a bicultural advocate and organizer.

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Watch past public programs you may have missed on JANM’s YouTube channel.



Explore items from JANM’s permanent collection online.

Find educational resources online and to download that teach about the Japanese American experience.

A global community sharing stories and the experiences of Nikkei around the world. Read new stories added daily, Monday–Saturday; watch life history video interviews; and more.

Watch films produced by JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center, plus videos from past public programs and exhibitions.

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