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Calendar of Events — September 2020

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.

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.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

Tea & Letter Writing: Letters of Solace

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PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH
$10 suggested donation

At the start of safer at home orders in Los Angeles, we gathered virtually for the first time to write letters to seniors who were isolating physically in their homes in Little Tokyo. Now, six months later, we will be writing again to our community elders to see how they are now and how we can continue to provide comfort and connection.

Gather with us in the comfort of your own home to share tea and conversation and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, former Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence at JANM. Make yourself a warm (or iced) cup of tea, get comfortable, and join us online! All ages are welcome to participate.

RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10)

This program was launched through the +LAB Artist Residency program presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center in partnership with JANM and continues now in partnership with Tuesday Night Project’s TNTalks initiative.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

Muslims at Manzanar: A Civil Rights Journey

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PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH
$10 suggested donation

Join leaders in the Japanese American and Muslim American communities in a conversation on 'Muslims at Manzanar: A Civil Rights Journey,' produced by the Council for American Islamic Relations. This documentary follows CAIR staff as they participate in the 2019 Manzanar Pilgrimage that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage in 1969. This conversation will explore the importance of sharing our connected histories and experiences as well as the power of pilgrimage and honoring significant sites in our histories. Panelists include Hussam Ayloush (CAIR-LA Executive Director), Eugene Fields (CAIR-LA Communications Manager), Bruce Embrey (Manzanar Committee), Jim Matsuoka (Manzanar Committee), and Erin Aoyama (Minidoka National Historic Site).

WATCH NOW: “Muslims at Manzanar: A Civil Rights Journey” (2020)

This program is produced in partnership with CAIR-LA.

RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10)

Friday, September 18, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival Q&A: Words, Weavings & Songs

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FREE

Join us for a Q&A with the grandchildren of Wakako Yamauchi, Momo Nagano, and Mary Nomura, the subjects of Words, Weavings & Songs (2002). Alyctra Matsushita, Hana van der Steur, and Erin Nomura Marquez will talk about their grandmothers and their impacts on the Japanese American community and beyond. They will also be joined by Mary Kageyama Nomura, the Songbird of Manzanar herself, in a special appearance on the eve of her 95th birthday.

About the Film: Wakako Yamauchi, Momo Nagano, and Mary Nomura were three teenaged girls—American citizens living in Los Angeles in 1942—when they were sent to concentration camps in remote parts of the country. Behind guard towers and barbed wire their creative spirits remained undaunted—their lives fortified by art, music, and literature. Through archival footage and interviews with the subjects and their families, Words, Weavings & Songs explores Yamauchi, Nagano, and Nomura’s bold lives and artistic legacies.

Words, Weavings & Songs is available to stream on JANM’s YouTube Channel.

The JANM Digital Film Festival (JDFF) highlights works produced by the Emmy Award winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center through virtual screenings and live Q&A sessions with those involved with the films.

Purchase the DVD at the JANM Store (includes a bonus track: Momo’s Excellent Adventure by Dan Kwong).

Click on the link below to watch the program live on Friday, September 18th at 6 p.m. (PDT)

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram).

Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:30 PM—5:30 PM

Japanese Cooking for Beginners with Azusa Oda: Baked Karaage

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$25 general
$20 member

Pack a fall picnic or stay-at-home bento (Japanese packed lunch) for the kids with cookbook author, food blogger, and designer Azusa Oda! In this workshop, participants will learn how to cook tamagoyaki (rolled egg omelet), Japanese potato salad, and baked karaage (Japanese “fried” chicken). Participants have the opportunity to cook alongside Oda on Zoom as they make dishes that are easy to pack up and take on the go!

Azusa Oda comes from a long line of professional and home cooks, and her abilities in the kitchen have been heavily influenced by growing up as her mother's unofficial sous chef. Raised in both Tokyo and the Bay Area of California, she had a bicultural upbringing that shaped the way she views Japanese culinary traditions and techniques. She created her blog, humblebeanblog.com, in 2008 to share her contemporary variations on simple and delicious Japanese recipes. While cooking is one of her passions, she nurtures an equal interest in design and has an MFA from California College of the Arts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Purchase her book, Japanese Cookbook for Beginners: Classic and Modern Recipes Made Easy, in the JANM Store.

RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom as well as a list of ingredients if you’d like to follow along with the recipes during the program. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns. Please note that you only need to register once per device.

Saturday, September 26, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

Coming Out and Coming Home: Documenting the Voices of Queer and Trans Japanese Americans

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PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH
$10 suggested donation

The Japanese American community has not always broadly welcomed gay, transgender, and queer Nikkei people. It took courage for LGBTQ+ Nikkei to live openly and with integrity in decades past. Hear from four LGBTQ+ Japanese Americans who are forerunners of making Nikkei communities more accepting: Melvin Fujikawa, Gary Hayashi, Bill Tashima, and Mia Yamamoto. They will be in conversation with moderator Aya Tasaki. This virtual discussion will also include Barney Cheng, the award-winning filmmaker who directed "Okaeri Voices: An Oral History Project," a series of short Okaeri-produced documentaries about each of these figures that will be available for streaming during Visual Communications’ upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

This program is presented in partnership with Okaeri and Visual Communications and is made possible, in part, by the Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle.

RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join the conversation on Zoom. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

Read an article by Okaeri member Stan Yogi: Coming Out, Coming Home .

Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10)

Sunday, September 27, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

PREMIERE and Q&A—ATOMIC CAFE: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

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FREE

In the late 1970s, when L.A.’s punk rock scene was exploding, an unlikely family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo started by Japanese Americans returning from America’s WWII concentration camps became one of its most popular hang-outs. That’s when Sansei “Atomic Nancy” with her “take-no-prisoners” punk make-up and demeanor took the café over from her parents and cranked up the jukebox. Infamous for its eclectic clientele—from Japanese American locals and kids from East L.A. to yakuza and the biggest rock stars of the day—the Atomic Café became an important part of L.A.’s punk rock history.

Now, the Atomic Cafe’s life and legacy is highlighted in a new film by Tadashi Nakamura and Akira Boch that explores its many sides—from the 1940s opening to its last days on First Street. Join Nancy Sekizawa aka “Atomic Nancy”, her daughter and artist Zen Sekizawa, Remy De La Peza, and Nakamura and Boch for a conversation in celebration of the Atomic Café.

WATCH THE FILM

September 24–30

The film will be available at a Pay-What-You-Wish rate for streaming from September 24 to 30 as part of Visual Communications’ upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

JOIN US FOR THE Q&A

September 27 • 2 p.m.

Click on the link below to watch the program live on JANM’s YouTube channel on Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m. (PDT).

This program is presented in partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center and Visual Communications, as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the Q&A is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram).

 

 

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