Calendar of Events — September 2014
All programs are free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Advanced reservations are recommended for most programs as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. When making a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.
NEW: For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is now required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or download the pre-payment form. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.
A Chat with Tommy Lasorda and Scott Akasaki
Scott Akasaki, the Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel, will engage former team manager and Hall-of-Famer Tommy Lasorda in an intimate discussion of Lasorda’s role as a baseball ambassador to Japan and other countries.
Lasorda began his career as a major league player before moving on to a storied lifelong association with the Dodgers as coach, manager, and finally executive. Akasaki has served as Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel for ten seasons and was the first Asian American to be named to the post in Major League history.
Pre-sale: $16 members, $20 non-members. Purchase pre-sale tickets by clicking the link below.
At Door: $20 members, $24 non-members. Cash only.
Photo Credit: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Celebration
6 p.m.: Reception with Light Refreshments
7 p.m.: Screening
9 p.m.: Panel Discussion
Join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved film The Karate Kid, starring Pat Morita as the wise Mr. Miyagi and Ralph Macchio as his devoted karate student. JANM’s special guests this evening will be Macchio, Aly Morita (daughter of Pat, who passed away in 2005), and director John G. Avildsen.
Macchio has had standout roles in a variety of films, including Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders (1983) and My Cousin Vinny (1992). Morita is a writer and Asian-American activist. Avildsen is a longtime film director; in addition to the wildly popular The Karate Kid and its two sequels, he is also the Academy Award-winning director of Rocky. The panel will be moderated by Jared Cowan, whose story on The Karate Kid’s 30th anniversary was featured on the cover of L.A. Weekly this past June.
Free for members, $10 non-members purchased in advance. $12 non-members at the door, cash only.
Official Airline of the Japanese American National Museum
Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Sushi Graze
Take a stroll through Little Tokyo and sample the many different varieties of sushi available—inari, maki, kaiten, chirashi. On this guided tour, sushi masters will tell stories that evoke the 130-year history of the neighborhood.
$64 members, $80 non-members. Food and museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.
Dodgers Exhibition Closing
Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game closes.
Perseverance Exhibition Closing
Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World closes.
Discovering Your Japanese American Roots
City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950 by Valerie J. Matsumoto
During the 1920s and ’30s, Nisei girls’ organizations flourished in Los Angeles, then home to the largest Japanese American population. In clubs with names such as the Junior Misses and Tartanettes, girls learned leadership skills and took part in community service; they also enjoyed beach outings and parties. Often sponsored by the YWCA, Buddhist temples, and Christian churches, these groups served as a bulwark again racial discrimination, offering a welcoming space that helped young women navigate between parental expectations and the lure of popular culture.
City Girls examines the clubs and activities through which urban Nisei daughters claimed modern femininity, an American identity, and public space before and after the war.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Mandala Shibori Two-Day Workshop
Saturday–Sunday, September 27–28
11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day
In this two-day workshop led by Shibori Girl (Glennis Dolce), learn to fold, tie, and dye a mandala design on silk. Bring rubber gloves, sewing pins, and scissors.
$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Limited to 20 participants.
Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Autumn Cards
The Life and Times of Minoru Yasui
Min Yasui was a young Nisei attorney in Oregon during World War II when he violated the military curfew imposed upon all persons of Japanese ancestry in order to bring a test case to court. He lost that case in the U.S. Supreme Court, but nearly 40 years later he reopened it as part of the coram nobis litigation brought by young Sansei attorneys in 1983. Yasui was not only a key player in both of those eras, but also an outspoken, deeply committed activist all his life, working tirelessly for the human and civil rights of all people.
This presentation and panel discussion will include film clips, photographs, and documents illustrating Yasui’s life and times. Featured participants are Yasui’s colleague, attorney Peggy Nagae; his youngest daughter, Holly Yasui; and documentary filmmaker Janice Tanaka, who will serve as moderator.