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Calendar of Events — April 2008

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 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, April 5, 2008
2:00 PM

Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Organizing the Community

(Part 2 of 3)

This program will feature first-hand accounts from participants in the major Redress/ Reparations organizations that held pride of place during the 1980s.

The current list of speakers include:

  • Chizu Omori, Seattle, on JACL/ Pacific Northwest region;

  • Aiko Herzig on her work with NCJAR, CWRIC, and Coram Nobis;

  • Lillian Nakano, on her work in NCRR

  • Susan Nakaoka (California State Dominguez Hills) will moderate.

    Presented in collaboration with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress and Community, Asian American Studies, UCLA.

  • Sunday, April 6, 2008
    11:30 AM—1:30 PM

    Exhibition Walkthrough

    Walkthrough of One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now.

    In conjunction with the exhibition One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now
    Sunday, April 6, 2008
    3:00 PM—5:00 PM

    MOCA Talk: Allan Kaprow -- Art as Life

    In conjunction with Allan Kaprow -- Art as Life, art historian and writer Jeffy Kelly will discuss his close friend Allan Kaprow and the artist's work in a talk entitled, Memory of Happenings.

    For more information, please call 213-621-1745 or

    This program is in conjunction with the Museum of Contemporary Art.
    Saturday, April 12, 2008
    2:00 PM

    The Nikkei Experience: Curtiss Takada Rooks on Hapa Issues

    Revelations & Resilience: Exploring the Realities of Hapa-ness

    What does it mean to be Hapa? Too often, being Hapa/Haafu/Mixed Race is talked about as the tragedy of "not belonging" or the constant burden of "being confused." The social reality of Hapa-ness, however, defies these myths. Join four noted members of the Hapa community in an interactive roundtable discussion to explore the revelations and resilience of Japanese Americans of multiracial ancestry. Topics to be presented and explored include parenting and family life, personal and professional identities, and ethnic community participation. Panelists will invite those in attendance to participate in the discussion and become part of the dialogue as they unveil the meaning of being Hapa within the multi-dimensional world of being Japanese, Japanese American, and American. Don't miss this unique opportunity to tell your own story and defy the myths!

    Roundtable Panelist:

    Curtiss Takada Rooks, Ph.D. Moderator, Loyola Marymount University
    California Japanese American Community Leadership Council, Board member, 2004 Japanese American Leadership Delegation, Hapa Issues Forum Board advisor, National Research Advisory Consortium (NRAC 2000) for the White House Commission on Asian Pacific Islanders and nationally noted speaker on diversity and multiracial identity.

    H. Rika Houston, Ph.D., California State University, Los Angeles
    Little Tokyo Community Services, Board member, community activist serving on numerous non-profit agency boards and noted researcher on ethnicity, culture and marketing. Author "Between Two Cultures" in No Passing Zone: Voice of Asian-descent Multiracials as well as several articles on multiraciality and parenting

    Teresa K. Williams-Leon, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge
    Co-editor, Sum of Our Parts: Mixed Heritage Asian Americans, and No Passing Zone: Voice of Asian-descent Multiracials. A pioneer in designing, researching and teaching Multiracial Asian American and multiracial/multiethnic courses and has published extensively on multiracial/multiethnic identity development. Associate Dean, School of Humanities

    Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University
    Theologian with pioneering work on ethnicity, multiraciality and identity. Teaches and researches in the areas of Comparative Theology, Theological Anthropology, Faith and Culture, Asian and Asian American Theology, Feminist Theology, Women in Religion, and Hinduism.

    Audience members will receive a bibliography of children’s books along with articles/books on multiracial identity.

    Organized by the Japanese American National Museum in collaboration with Curtiss Takada Rooks, Special Assistant to the Dean of Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and Assistant Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies, Loyola Marymount University.

    Presented by with the generous support of The Nippon Foundation.

    Sunday, April 13, 2008
    1:00 PM—3:00 PM

    Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Origami for Boys' (Childrens') Day and Mother's Day

    Learn origami to use on greeting cards, to embellish package, create wall hangings, many other decorative uses. Class fees are $8 for National Museum members and $13 for non-members, includes Museum admission and supplies. Reservations are required. Sign up early as class is limited to 10 participants
    Saturday, April 19, 2008

    Fulfilling the Promise of America: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

    2008 Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
    Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel

    When President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 into law on August 10, 1988, providing an official apology and reparations to thousands of Japanese Americans unconstitutionally forced to leave their homes by their own government during World War II, it meant more than just vindication for those whose rights were violated. It represented a triumph of American democracy, a coming together of diverse groups and individuals, political organizations and elected officials, who supported this cause simply because it was the right thing to do.

    The Japanese American National Museum's 2008 Annual Gala Dinner will recognize some of the key players who helped to turn what was considered an impossible dream into the law of the land and why it is so important for all Americans today.

    Visit the Annual Dinner page for more information >>

    Sunday, April 20, 2008
    11:30 AM—1:30 PM

    Exhibition Walkthrough

    Walkthrough of One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now.

    In conjunction with the exhibition One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now
    Thursday, April 24, 2008
    7:30 PM

    Asian New Media

    Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present Asian New Media, a film screening and panel discussion featuring emerging Asian American video and media artists.

    Los Angeles’ important role in the contemporary art world is a byproduct of our diversity and proximity to the Pacific Rim. Asian New Media features a selection of emerging Asian American artists as they share their art and process.

    Short films by artists York Chang, Yaya Chou, Chie Yamayoshi, Meeson Pae Yang and Michiko Yao will illuminate the current state of video art content. Architect Michael Chung, principal of the design think tank ‘Lettuce’ will present on the explorations of data and the implications on contemporary design. A lively panel discussion will culminate the evening.
    Saturday, April 26, 2008
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour


    Relive history, learn about present-day Little Tokyo with National Museum docents. $8 Members; $13 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.



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