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Calendar of Events — June 2016

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.

Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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June 4, 11, and 18

Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session 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 each 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.

Series price: $20 members, $25 non-members. Per session: $8/$10. Museum admission included. Please note that series tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable after the first class of the session. All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refunds will be issued.

3-session (June 4, 11, and 18):

Single session (June 4 only):

Saturday, June 4, 2016
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
Saturday, June 4, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice by Lorraine K. Bannai

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In 1942, 22-year-old Fred Korematsu refused to comply with orders that culminated in the forced removal of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast, resulting in Korematsu v. United States—one of the most infamous cases in Supreme Court history. The court affirmed his conviction, holding that the mass removal of Japanese Americans was justified by military necessity. Forty years later, Korematsu successfully reopened his case on proof that the wartime government had lied to the Court, helping to pave the way for redress for the Japanese American community.

Korematsu went on to travel the country to speak about his case and warn against sacrificing civil liberties during times of perceived crisis—lessons even more relevant today as some in the country have turned on Muslims, persons of Middle Eastern descent, and those perceived to look like them following recent terrorist attacks. For his efforts, Korematsu was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1998.

Lorraine Bannai was an attorney on the legal team that successfully pursued Korematsu’s 1983 coram nobis case. Her compelling book tells Korematsu’s story and explores the ways in which his case and the wartime incarceration continue to be relevant to American society today.

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

This book is available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with author Lorraine Bannai about the case and Enduring Conviction on Discover Nikkei.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Mixed Remixed Festival

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Friday–Saturday, June 10–11

FREE

Mixed Remixed is an exciting film, book, and performance festival dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the mixed-heritage experience. Activities include panels, workshops, readings, and film screenings as well as live music, comedy, and spoken word.

Mixed Remixed is timed to coincide with Loving Day (June 12), an annual worldwide commemoration of Loving v. Virginia, the historic 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the U.S.

For more information, visit mixedremixed.org and lovingday.org.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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June 4, 11, and 18

Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session 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 each 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.

Series price: $20 members, $25 non-members. Per session: $8/$10. Museum admission included. Please note that series tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable after the first class of the session. All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refunds will be issued.

3-session (June 4, 11, and 18):

Single session (June 11 only):

Saturday, June 11, 2016
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Celebrating Family

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FREE ALL DAY

In conjunction with the Mixed Remixed Festival, JANM presents a day of activities that explore the meaning of family.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Construct a mobile to show what each member of your family means to you.

  • Create a family out of finger puppets.

  • Make a Father’s Day card at Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

  • Use our Instax camera to snap instant photos of you with your family or friends. Take these home, or use them in our 3 p.m. Family Scrapbooking Workshop!

  • Let off some steam inside our always-popular bounce house.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Name Art Souvenirs
    Names often hold fun or important family stories. Let one of our artists make a souvenir artwork out of your family name or given name, which you can then take home.

    11:30 a.m.: Reading by Maria Leonard Olsen
    In collaboration with the Mixed Remixed Festival, JANM hosts author Maria Leonard Olsen, who will read from her book, Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown? The book was written for her bi-racial children as a response to people’s confusion over her skin being darker than theirs.

    1 p.m.: Reading by Katrina Goldsaito
    In collaboration with the Mixed Remixed Festival, JANM hosts author Katrina Goldsaito, who will read from The Sound of Silence, her forthcoming book about a child’s experiences with the many sounds that can be heard in the bustling city of Tokyo.

    2:15 p.m.: Luce Puppet Co. Presents The Wizard of Oz
    Enjoy a puppet version of this classic story about a girl who finds herself in a faraway land and then comes home to learn the real meaning of family.

    3 p.m.: Family Scrapbooking Workshop
    It’s time to get going on that scrapbook of family memories! Bring your own family photographs or mementos and we’ll help you decorate a starter page.

     

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    Sunday, June 12, 2016
    10:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Markets, Then and Now

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    Prior to World War II, Japanese immigrants grew and sold 75 percent of all fresh produce consumed in Los Angeles. Their produce was sold at such outlets as the Grand Central Market, which opened in 1917. By 1940, Japanese American farmers grew 95 percent of the fresh snap beans and celery, 67 percent of the fresh tomatoes, and 44 percent of the dried onions in California.

    Join us for this historical walking tour surveying Japanese American contributions to the establishment of downtown’s markets. We will begin at the Japanese American National Museum and pass by such architectural gems as Vibiana, the Bradbury Building, the Million Dollar Theatre, the Higgins Building, and more. The tour will culminate at the recently rejuvenated Grand Central Market, where participants will have their lunchtime pick among a variety of exciting options—from Thai food to tacos, from the trendy Egg Slut to the renowned Wexler’s Deli.

    $40 members, $50 non-members; lunch and museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.

    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    June 4, 11, and 18

    Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this three-session 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 each 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.

    Series price: $20 members, $25 non-members. Per session: $8/$10. Museum admission included. Please note that series tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable after the first class of the session. All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refunds will be issued.

    3-session (June 4, 11, and 18):

    Single session (June 18 only):

    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: Above the Fold

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    Join Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 members. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Photo: Jiangmei Wu, Ruga Swan, 2014. Photo courtesy of Alyssa Hockenberry.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    10:30 AM—11:30 AM

    A Conversation with Dave Roberts

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    SOLD OUT

    Join us for a conversation with Dave Roberts, the first minority manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Moderated by Scott Akasaki, the Dodgers’ Director of Team Travel, Roberts will discuss his history and future with the Dodgers; how his half-Japanese, half-African American background has informed his perspective; his current role as manager of a storied franchise; and opinions on his players including Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda. Roberts will be available to sign items after the program, limit one item per person.

    Admission is free for members and $9 for non-members. Seating is limited; RSVPs are required for members and pre-payment is required for non-members. Museum admission included.

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

    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Two-Day Craft Workshop—Indigo and Shibori in the 21st Century

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    Saturday, June 18–Sunday, June 19
    11 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Enjoy two days of indigo dyeing with a focus on learning how the dye takes to different textiles. Shibori techniques to be explored include arashi, itajime, and nui, as well as combined and invented techniques. Material kits will include handouts, threads, and many types of vintage kimono silks as well as some cottons, bamboo, hemp, and other natural fibers. Samples, books, and videos will be on hand for inspiration.

    $72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Fabrics, dyes, use of tools and equipment, and museum admission included. Please bring rubber gloves, sewing pins, and scissors. Limited to 20 participants.

    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    1:00 PM

    Members Only Meet and Greet with Karen L. Ishizuka

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    Members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with Karen Ishizuka prior to the public discussion about her book, Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties.

    Space is limited. RSVP by June 13 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Author Discussion and Activist Panel—Serve the People by Karen L. Ishizuka

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    Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties tells the story of the social and cultural movement that knit disparate communities of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans into a political identity. Drawing on more than 120 interviews and illustrated with striking images from guerrilla publications, the book’s vivid narrative reveals the personal epiphanies and intimate stories of insurgent movers and shakers and ground-level activists alike. Serve the People paints a panoramic landscape of a radical time and aims to be the definitive history of Asian American political consciousness.

    Recently honored at JANM’s 2016 Gala Dinner for her pioneering work in establishing the museum’s moving image collection and its Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, author Karen L. Ishizuka will lead a panel discussion on the Asian American movement in Los Angeles.

    Featured will be three activists included in her book: Warren T. Furutani, an educator and politician who is currently in the running for California State Senator; Mike Murase, attorney, current Director of Service Programs for the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and co-founder of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; and Qris Yamashita, a graphic designer and artist whose unique graphic style helped to form a visual identity for the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American community. Also joining the panel will be traci kato-kiriyama, artist, educator, community organizer, and co-founder of Tuesday Night Project, a free public program dedicated to presenting AAPI artists and community organizations.

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

    Serve the People is available at the JANM Store.

    2016 V3 Digital Media Conference (V3con): June 24, 2016- June 25, 2016, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    2016 V3 Digital Media Conference (V3con)

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    Friday, June 24 – Saturday, June 25

    JANM is pleased to host the 2016 edition of the V3 Digital Media Conference (V3con), dedicated to digital communications within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This year’s event will highlight and expand multi-platform Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communications by convening AAPI online journalists, social media communicators, bloggers, and others.

    Visit V3con.com to register; JANM members receive a discount.

    Presented by the Asian American Journalists Association–Los Angeles Chapter.

    Saturday, June 25, 2016
    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, June 25, 2016
    10:30 AM

    Above the Fold Exhibition Tour

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    Join curator Meher McArthur for an in-depth gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 participants. Free with museum admission. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami
    Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Exhibition Closing: Making Waves

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    Final day to see the exhibition Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940.

    Photo: Asahachi Kono, Pond Fantasy, c. 1930. Collection of the Kono family.

     

     

     

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