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Calendar of Events — December 2018

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing rsvp@janm.org or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals).

For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Wreaths and Cards

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Get ready for the holidays and learn from JANM’s resident origami expert Ruthie Kitagawa how to make a holiday-themed origami card and a wreath.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Advance purchase of a ticket is required. $12 non-members, free for JANM members. Museum admission included.

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Saturday, December 1, 2018
12:15 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Itadakimasu

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Bring your brown bag lunch and break bread with other members and JANM Collection staff during an exploration of delicious and historic foods and traditions. Learn more about JANM’s recent acquisition from Umeya Rice Cake Company, the famed Little Tokyo maker of senbei and arare, and explore menus and dining artifacts from America’s World War II concentration camps.

Space is limited. RSVP by November 27 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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Take a tour of JANM’s core exhibition with our knowledgeable docents. This is a great opportunity for first-time visitors, long-time museum members, and everyone in between.

Included with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, December 1, 2018
2:00 PM—4:30 PM

The Words We Hold

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FREE

Stories of World War II, hailing from both sides of the Pacific, paint a picture of how Japanese and Japanese American ancestors experienced everyday life during those treacherous times.

Yonsei Nicole Cherry and Kristen Hayashi, and shin-Nikkei Ayumi Nagata and Natsumi Shibata will share personal family stories passed down through generations. In a discussion moderated by Diana Tsuchida, the panelists will explore the ideas of missing home and family, the fear of the unknown, the commonality of not talking about the war experience, and what it was like uncovering family histories.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented with Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC).

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, December 2, 2018
11:00 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese

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日系移民と日系アメリカ人の歴史を紹介する常設展「コモン・グラウンド」を日本語でご案内します。

ツアーは無料(入館料のみ)、予約不要です。

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Friday, December 7, 2018
8:00 PM

Film Screening and Q&A—Strangers and Holdout

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FREE

A neo-noir set in Los Angeles, Strangers follows a hitman whose longing for connection leads him to fall for his intended target. Together, the two embark on a madcap journey that involves murder, kidnapping, and a bit of romance.

Preceding Strangers is Brian L. Tan’s 30-minute film Holdout, a historical action drama based on the true story of the last Japanese holdout from World War II. Left behind on an island by his unit, he never learned of Japan’s defeat. Suddenly, his worldview is challenged when he encounters a modern American tourist.

These screenings are presented by Chopso, a streaming service for Asian- and Asian American-made content. Make sure to stay after the show for a Q&A with Strangers writer/director/actor Michael Aki and lead actress (and Hong Kong Film Award winner) Eugenia Yuan, along with Holdout director Brian L. Tan “BLT”.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM—5:00 PM

Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters during World War II

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FREE

During World War II, many people defended Japanese Americans living under martial law in Hawaii. Others supported Japanese Americans in the US military, those behind barbed wire in America’s concentration camps, and families trying to resettle after the war.

Leading scholars, filmmakers, and writers present their findings about Buddhist and Christian clergy, African American and Chinese American leaders, and others who courageously spoke out for the Japanese American community.

The program is free, but RSVP is required using the link below. Click here for event schedule.

Presented in partnership with USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, December 8, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Shibori On!

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Saturday–Sunday, December 8–9
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

In this two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce, continue practicing itajime, arashi, nui, and other shibori dyeing techniques on a broad selection of fabrics, and learn about dyeing threads for stitching. Bring scissors and a seam ripper.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Sunday, December 9, 2018
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

George Takei Hikaru Sulu Ornament Signing

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Get the perfect gift for the Star Trek fan in your life—a Hikaru Sulu ornament signed by George Takei!

Takei will be at the JANM Store to sign these special Hallmark ornaments depicting him as the legendary Star Trek character. Featuring dialogue from the unforgettable Star Trek episode “The Naked Time,” the ornament shows a bare-chested Sulu with a fencing foil as he challenges Captain Kirk and other crew members. $29.99 (Note: This product is available for purchase in-store only; no online or mail order sales are permitted.)

Please note that George Takei is making this appearance in support of the Japanese American National Museum, so he will be signing only items purchased at the JANM Store. Photos with Takei are available only with store purchase.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—Can Individuals Be Happy in an Unhappy Time?

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A Zócalo/UCLA Anderson Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point”

The pursuit of happiness is foundational to the United States, and happiness has become an international obsession as nations seek to measure happiness and enact policies to increase it. But this is also an era of disruption, dislocation, and great unhappiness; in the US, half of all adults suffer from anxiety, according to some estimates. Are the meanings and measures of happiness changing as the world is transformed by the digital revolution, climate change, and populist politics? Which factors—from job satisfaction and free time to wealth, personality, and the quality of our relationships—have the biggest impact on our happiness? And what strategies allow us to find happiness even in the midst of uncertainty, conflict, and unwanted change?

UCLA Anderson School of Management marketing scholar Cassie Mogilner Holmes, Harvard Business School behavioral economist and co-author of Happy Money Michael I. Norton, and Sonja Lyubomirsky, UC Riverside social psychologist and author of The How of Happiness, visit Zócalo to discuss how people can find happiness in difficult times.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Image courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Japanese Watercolor Painting Workshop with Mari Inukai

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SOLD OUT

Explore the beauty of watercolors with acclaimed artist Mari Inukai. Learn the process of selecting paints and brushes and how to blend colors to create a unique palette. Make beautiful expressive marks to create flowers, birds, or whatever else you can imagine. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch and take breaks as needed.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission and materials included. Limited to 10 participants.

This workshop is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email visitorservices@janm.org.

This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Brushes and paints generously donated by Pentel of America.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, December 15, 2018
4:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Velina Hasu Houston

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All members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with Velina Hasu Houston, playwright of Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition), prior to the performance of her play at 5 p.m.

Houston is a distinguished professor, director of MFA dramatic writing, head of undergraduate playwriting, associate dean of faculty, and resident playwright at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

Space is limited. RSVP by December 11 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
5:00 PM

Play—Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) by Velina Hasu Houston

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Inspired by the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Velina Hasu Houston’s play Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) follows the Mayeda sisters as they move from an incarceration camp to an uncertain, changing future for Asian Americans.

Told from the perspective of Josephine Mayeda, the second oldest daughter of Marmee Chang Mayeda and Makoto Mayeda, we follow her journey from adolescent dreamer to professional writer. All the while, the family’s story is framed through the greater context of the American Dream. Houston’s take on the classic novel and its characters offers a perspective steeped in the rich history of not only America but the Los Angeles of the present and future.

$25 general admission, $20 JANM members.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—How Will the New Supreme Court Change America?

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A Zócalo/UCLA Downtown Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Jess Bravin, Supreme Court Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

It’s age-old wisdom: Every single new justice creates a brand-new US Supreme Court. But some legal scholars are suggesting that the court taking shape now, with a conservative majority established by President Trump’s second appointee, could make especially broad changes in the law. Long-established precedents on matters of race, sex, religion, and privacy could be overturned. And the basic structure of our government—the power of the presidency, the limits of regulation, access to the court system itself—could be transformed. If the highest court in the land is about to make major legal history, in what ways will Americans feel the effects? What aspects of our economy, our culture, our work, and our lives are most likely to be disrupted? And if this Supreme Court defers to the most powerful people and institutions in society, will their decisions threaten American democracy—or inspire its revival?

UCLA specialist in constitutional law Adam Winkler, University of Chicago legal scholar Justin Driver, and UCLA Law School’s Beth Colgan visit Zócalo to examine how a changing high court could change America.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Saturday, December 22, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, December 29, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

 

 

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