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Calendar of Events — February 2017

All programs are free for JANM members and free 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.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:00 PM—7:30 PM

Common Ground Conversations—SOLIDARITY

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FREE

JANM presents a four-week series of public conversations taking place within our core exhibition, Common Ground: The Heart of Community. Each conversation, which will be facilitated by a member of our education staff and follow a guiding theme, is intended to generate meaningful dialogue among guests, utilizing Japanese American history to delve into contemporary issues and concerns. Portions of the exhibition will serve as jumping-off points for each conversation.

Common Ground incorporates hundreds of objects, documents, and photographs to chronicle 130 years of Japanese American history, beginning with the first generation of immigrants to the United States (Issei) and including prominent coverage of the World War II incarceration as well as the military service of Japanese Americans during the war.

All are welcome to attend and no tickets or RSVPs are required. Common Ground Conversations are free and coincide with JANM’s free admission on Thursdays starting at 5 p.m.

January 12: Compassion
January 19: Transparency
January 26: Speaking Out
February 2: Solidarity

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, February 4, 2017
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

CANCELLED: Mottainai Yoga with traci

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THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Shibori Mandalas Workshop

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Saturday–Sunday, February 4–5
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mandalas are an infinite source of timeless beauty. Explore their rich possibilities in this contemporary shibori workshop, in which both old and new techniques will be utilized. Vintage kimono silks and new, colorful dyes will be combined to create eye-catching patterns to accent pillows, quilts, and other creative projects.

Please wear studio clothing and bring rubber gloves, scissors, and a seam ripper. All other materials will be provided.

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.

Free with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 PM

Comedy InvAsian Live Tapings—Paul "PK" Kim

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JANM is pleased to host Comedy InvAsian, a new series of one-hour standup comedy performances that will be filmed in front of live audiences in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Come be a part of the audience as six of the nation’s most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) comedians take the stage.

Paul “PK” (stands for Paul Kim/Preachers Kid) Kim, winner of the Clyde’s Cup at Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Contest, is a regular at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at this link. For more information, including biographies of the performers, visit comedyinvasian.com.

Read about Comedy InvAsian on the JANM blog.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
7:30 PM

Comedy InvAsian Live Tapings—Atsuko Okatsuka

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JANM is pleased to host Comedy InvAsian, a new series of one-hour standup comedy performances that will be filmed in front of live audiences in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Come be a part of the audience as six of the nation’s most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) comedians take the stage.

Atsuko Okatsuka is a co-founder of Disoriented Comedy, the first-ever all Asian, mostly female standup comedy tour. She has performed on Comedy Central Presents: Stand Up, Asia! and opened for Margaret Cho at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at this link. For more information, including biographies of the performers, visit comedyinvasian.com.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
7:30 PM

Comedy InvAsian Live Tapings—Kevin Yee

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JANM is pleased to host Comedy InvAsian, a new series of one-hour standup comedy performances that will be filmed in front of live audiences in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Come be a part of the audience as six of the nation’s most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) comedians take the stage.

Kevin Yee’s original satirical songs have made people laugh across America and beyond. A former member of Quincy Jones’s boy band Youth Asylum, Yee has toured in many Broadway productions and been featured at comedy festivals throughout the country.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at this link. For more information, including biographies of the performers, visit comedyinvasian.com.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Exhibition Opening: Instructions to All Persons

PAY WHAT YOU WISH

Public opening of the exhibition Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:00 AM—12:00 PM

Members Only Program and Reception—Instructions to All Persons

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This event has reached capacity.

All members are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and program to mark the opening of Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066.

Program will include remarks by Ann Burroughs, JANM Interim President and CEO; Akira Chiba, the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles; Dr. Matthew Stiffler, Arab American National Museum Research and Content Manager; and exhibition curator Clement Hanami, JANM Vice President of Operations and Art Director.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Day of Remembrance 2017: Unite to Uphold Our Civil Rights

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PAY WHAT YOU WISH

On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. This year’s Day of Remembrance commemorates the 75th anniversary of this historic miscarriage of justice, recognizing its continued relevance in today’s political climate and supporting civil and human rights for all.

2 p.m.: Indoor Program and Reception, including talks and presentations by Norman Y. Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation and US Secretary of Commerce; Mike Honda, former US Congressman; representatives from local Muslim, Native, Latinx, Jewish, and African American communities; and musicians, poets, and spoken word artists.

3:30 p.m.: Outdoor Rally

No RSVPs necessary; seating is first come, first served.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center; Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District; Manzanar Committee; Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress; Progressive Asian Network for Action; Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden; and United Teachers Los Angeles. Supported by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
2:00 PM

Members Only Film Screening—For the Sake of the Children

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For the Sake of the Children is a new, one-hour documentary that explores the legacy of the World War II US incarceration of Japanese Americans, with a particular focus on its impact on the descendants of incarcerated mothers.

The film examines the complex interplay of culture, racial prejudice, history, and intergenerational differences as it traces the life journeys of four generations of Japanese Americans. Reflecting a cross-section of society, these individuals include artists, politicians, lawyers, journalists, activists, and actors. Notable participants include Norman Y. Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation and US Secretary of Commerce, and George Takei, actor and activist. Many of these stories have, until now, never been told.

RSVP by February 16 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 PM

Comedy InvAsian Live Tapings—Joey Guila

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JANM is pleased to host Comedy InvAsian, a new series of one-hour standup comedy performances that will be filmed in front of live audiences in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Come be a part of the audience as six of the nation’s most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) comedians take the stage.

Joey Guila has been featured on Showtime, VH1, G4 Tech TV, and Myx TV, and was the headliner on the Filipino Kingz Comedy Tour. In 2003 he won a regional Kings of Comedy Search competition.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at this link. For more information, including biographies of the performers, visit comedyinvasian.com.

Read about Comedy InvAsian on the JANM blog.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Instructions to All Persons

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Join exhibition curator Clement Hanami, JANM’s Vice President of Operations/Art Director, for an in-depth gallery tour.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting

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FREE

The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

To RSVP or for more information, email info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/nikkeigen. Limited to 35 participants.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:00 PM

Members Only Meet and Greet with Greg Robinson

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Members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with journalist and historian Greg Robinson prior to the public discussion about his book, The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches.

Space is limited. RSVP by February 22 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches by Greg Robinson

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The Great Unknown: Japanese American Sketches is a collection of biographical portraits of extraordinary but unheralded figures in Japanese American history—men and women who made remarkable contributions in the arts, literature, law, sports, and other fields.

Recovering and celebrating the stories of noteworthy Issei and Nisei and their supporters, the book highlights the diverse experiences and substantial cultural, political, and intellectual contributions of Japanese Americans throughout the country and over multiple decades. Included in these pages are Ayako Ishigaki, Issei feminist and peace activist; Milton Ozaki, mystery writer; Bill Hosokawa, journalist; Wat Misaka, basketball star; Gyo Fujikawa, children’s book artist and author; and Ina Sugihara, interracial activist, to name just a few examples.

Join author and historian Greg Robinson for a discussion of how he came to write the book and how the book functions as an alternative history that shows the unexpected diversity of Japanese American lives. The larger themes of civil rights and making connections among varied groups of people will also be covered.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

This book is available at the JANM Store.

Read a review of this book, including an interview with author Greg Robinson, on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
7:30 PM

Comedy InvAsian Live Tapings—Robin Tran

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JANM is pleased to host Comedy InvAsian, a new series of one-hour standup comedy performances that will be filmed in front of live audiences in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Come be a part of the audience as six of the nation’s most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) comedians take the stage.

Robin Tran came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and has been writing about her experiences ever since. Based in Orange County, Tran has performed all over Southern California and has won first place in three comedy competitions.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at this link. For more information, including biographies of the performers, visit comedyinvasian.com.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
7:30 PM

Comedy InvAsian Live Tapings—Amy Hill

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JANM is pleased to host Comedy InvAsian, a new series of one-hour standup comedy performances that will be filmed in front of live audiences in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Come be a part of the audience as six of the nation’s most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) comedians take the stage.

Actress/comedian Amy Hill’s numerous television and film credits include Seinfeld, All-American Girl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, UnREAL, The Great Indoors, and Amazon Studio’s Just Add Magic.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at this link. For more information, including biographies of the performers, visit comedyinvasian.com.

Read a 2011 interview with Amy Hill on Discover Nikkei.

 

 

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