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Saturday, August 24
Mitsuye Yamada will read from her newest collection of poetry. Joining her are poets spanning five generations, sharing their own creative works and words.

Wednesday–Friday, August 28–30 • FREE
+LAB Artist-In-Residence traci kato-kiriyama presents a performance-installation utilizing large-scale projections and sound scapes of letters of the past in conversation with the present. Each night will host areas for tea drinking, letter writing, an interactive listening station produced by Cognate Collective, and live performance featuring kato-kiriyama with Residency collaborators.

Saturday, September 7
In Naomi Hirahara’s latest mystery, Leilani Santiago and her family manage a shave ice shack. She stumbles upon a dead body and must find the killer and somehow safeguard her family. Join Hirahara for a discussion about her love of shave ice and why she made Kaua‘i the location of her new novel.

Saturday–Sunday, September 14–15
Make washi paper-covered beads to create your own unique washi collage necklace and coordinated bracelet.

Thursday, September 19 • FREE
Ten literary arts practitioners visited the At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America exhibition and selected something that resonates with them and sparks their creative juices. They were then asked to compose an original five-minute performance piece based on that image. Musicians Dom Wagwili and Tajii Miyagawa will provide the opening and closing for this special evening where the power of words, images, and performance meld into an experience of invention, reflection, and inspiration.

Sunday, October 6
Vendors will be on hand with unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, cultural t-shirts, handbags, ceramics, origami, bronze and glass art, Giant Robot products, and more!

Find DVDs produced by Visual Communications and other At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America-related merchandise 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.


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.

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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