Calendar of Events — April 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 email@example.com 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.
Private Tours of Collections
Upper Level President’s & Chairman’s Circle Members are invited to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s largest collection of Japanese American artifacts. Your on-going support helps maintain this unique collection that chronicles over 130 years of Japanese American history.
Contact Charlien Church at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213.830.5676 to reserve a personalized tour for you and 5 guests.
Japanese Sweets with Sonoko Sakai
$75 members, $85 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early; 20 participants max.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Hanashi: Preserving the Story of Japanese American Service in the Forgotten War
Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Arts in the World War II Internment Camps
For over twenty years, executive producer Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto, a teacher and performer of the 13-stringed Japanese zither known as the koto, has researched the history of Japanese traditional performing arts as practiced in the camps. She tracked down, located, and interviewed both teachers and students from most of the ten main prison camps. Her fascination with the subject began after discovering that her mother, who taught her the koto, first learned the instrument as a child in the Topaz and Tule Lake camps. The mystery of how anyone could get the 6-foot long instrument into the camps when internees were only allowed to bring what they could carry sparked her quest to find out how Japanese Americans managed to carry on their art traditions under the watchtowers of the camps.
The cultural traditions that had always tied Japanese American immigrants to their faraway homeland, now came to serve as a solace during their wartime incarceration. In the vibrating strings of the koto and shamisen, the graceful moves of buyo and obon dance, the emotional release of shigin singing, or the stylized dramatics of kabuki and gidayu, an escape from the bleak predicament of the camps became possible, if only for a moment through these arts.
"I believe in this project because it does two great things," states filmmaker Joshua Fong. "One, it allows history to speak for itself from those who lived it, the last of whom are passing on; two, it tells the camp story from a fresh cultural perspective rather than the traditional political one. A culture's spirit lives in its art, and the flourishing of music, theater and dance in the camps is the best testament to how Japanese Americans, shouldered the ordeals of internment."
Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance by Karen Tei Yamashita
This book gathers her artistic, humorous, and insightful stage materials that tackle identity, gender, and techno-orientalism, where Anna May Wong is transformed to Anime Wong, superstar of CyberAsia.
Live performances by Gary Gabisan and Juliet Wong.
Cosponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
2014 Gala Dinner, Silent Auction & After Party
For sponsorship and ticket information, check janm.org/dinner2014 or contact email@example.com.
Tattoo and Kokeshi Book Signing with Manami Okazaki
Just in time for our Perseverance exhibition, author Manami Okazaki will be at JANM to sign her popular books, Wabori: Traditional Japanese Tattoos and Kokeshi: From Tohoku with Love.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Photographing Community with Robert A. Nakamura
A workshop in preparation for A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America
Veteran filmmaker, photojournalist and teacher, Robert A. Nakamura will provide experienced guidance for photographers who are considering participating in the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center's A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America Project on May 10.
Discussion will include: How to organize a photo shoot; Selection of subject matter; Creating a story sequence; Analysis of classic documentary photographs and approaches.
Admission is free, but limited to the first 20 sign ups who register to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Boy's or Father's Day Cards