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Wednesday, June 19 • FREE!
In partnership with KPCC In Person, health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan and special guests will discuss what it would take to create a universal access health system in terms of money, time, and a sufficient number of health care providers.

Saturday, June 29
Join JANM’s Collection Manager Kristen Hayashi and Densho Content Director Brian Niiya as they discuss aspects of the immediate post-incarceration period, regarded as “worse than camp” by many Nikkei.

Saturday, June 29
Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

Saturday, July 14
Get an insider’s view of the Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo and their roles in the past and today. Learn about the various obon festivals and carnivals they host and the foods that are part of them.

Saturday, July 20
UCSB Prof. Luke Roberts will speak about his recent research into the lives of samurai women who hailed from Kōchi, an area in southwestern Japan. Following the lecture, Roberts will be joined by Hawaii State Senator Brian Taniguchi and his wife, Jan, to talk about this subject and artifacts from their family.

Saturday, August 10
Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

Find toys, books, and other Kaiju vs Heroes-related merchandise by Mark Nagata and others at the JANM Store. 10% discount for JANM members!

Who is your Nikkei hero(es)? Share their story and how they have inspired you or made an impact in your connection to your cultural heritage or identity. DEADLINE: September 30. Click icon for submission guidelines and to read stories already submitted.

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Take a journey through the world of Japanese soft vinyl kaiju (monster) and hero toys, courtesy of toy designer Mark Nagata’s unrivaled collection of vintage figurines.

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.

These popular photographic exhibitions—Perseverance, which explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos, and Tatau, which looks at the role of tattoos in Samoan culture—are traveling to the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


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