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Calendar of Events — May 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.

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, May 3, 2008

Members' Appreciation Day



Whether you are celebrating Children’s Day or Mother’s Day or just the merry month of May, take this wonderful opportunity to explore some of Southern California’s finest cultural resources and shop for unique gifts. To show our appreciation for our Members, shop at the Museum Store on May 3, 2008 and receive an extra discount!

In addition, we have partnered with 13 Southern California institutions to offer National Museum Members FREE admission (to non-ticketed exhibitions) and a 20% discount* in the store on special days. Just show your current membership card. The Museum will also honor the additional discount for online orders placed on May 3, 2008.

Visit for the list of the other museums' appreciation days and online discount details >>

*Cannot be combined with other discounts. Discounts do not apply on sale and other exempt items. Discounts only apply to items in stock. Items will not be held.

Saturday, May 3, 2008
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Studio Lab Project

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East West Players Actors Conservatory presents a Studio Lab Project production of the classic Anton Chekhov play Ivanov.
Sunday, May 4, 2008

Exhibition Closing

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now closes.

In conjunction with the exhibition One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now
Sunday, May 4, 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
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
3:00 PM—8:00 PM

Visual Communications Film Festival: Digital Histories

events/ff08_home.gif Enjoy an afternoon of innovative youth media and video works by seniors. Visit

MAY 06 - 03:00 PM

MAY 06 - 05:00 PM

MAY 06 - 07:30 PM

Saturday, May 10, 2008
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Up, Up, and Away!

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Enjoy a day of family fun with kite-making and exciting flying demonstrations.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Daily Schedule:

All day Activities: origami wind wheel, origami swan, and Fish Kites. As well as a special mother’s day craft.

11:00 – Doors open

12:00 – Workshop session 1: History of Kites / Kites Around the World / Asian-American Kites

1:00 – Story Time: “Henry and the Kite Dragon” with Mar Elepano

2:00 – Workshop session 2: Paper / Plastic kites - Students create kites of their choice after basic concepts are introduced

3:30 – Workshop/Demonstration: Flying of Asian - American Kite and Kites the students created

3:45 – Kite Contest

The workshops will be taught by: Kelvin Chun, kite enthusiast

Kelvin Chun is an award winning educator, magician, balloon sculptor and kite enthusiast.

He is best known for his educational technology background, stage magic, inventive balloon sculptures and kites.

Kelvin Chun, a technology specialist at Nu'uanu Elementary School, has been named one of three Ed Tech Leaders of the Year by Technology & Learning magazine, a trade publication.

Kelvin has performed and presented at numerous conventions and conferences and provided staff development workshops and courses in the field of mathematics, magic, balloons, kites, and emerging technologies and their impact on learning at all ages.

2008 Target Free Family Saturday schedule

July 12 - Cooking Capers

September 13 – A Whale of a Tale

November 8 – Brilliant Beats

December 13 – Artfully Yours

Thursday, May 15, 2008
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series -- The Buffalo War

events/100colorturtlesmall___.jpg The Buffalo War
Chronicling the struggle over America’s last wild buffalo, filmmaker Matthew Testa joins a 500-mile spiritual march led by Lakota Sioux elder Rosalie Little Thunder; who explains their culture's deep-seated connection to the bison.

Scheduled discussion to follow screening with Dr. Troy R. Johnson, Program Director of American Indian Studies at Cal State Long Beach and co-author of American Indian Activism: Alcatraz to the Longest Walk. Music by The Removal Act to open the screening!

Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series

Sponsored in Association with the Japanese American National Museum, National Center for Preservation of Democracy, the Southern California Indian Center, Inc., and Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center

Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series is a FREE monthly film series located in downtown Los Angeles at the National Center for Preservation of Democracy. No reservations are needed and all screenings are open to the public. The film series was established to provide quality documentaries and films by and about Native Americans, and bring together a central gathering place where discussion and news can be shared with the community and its supporters.

The film series is held at the National Center for Preservation of Democracy located at 111 North Central Avenue, between 1st Street and Central Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles. The NCPD can be reached via train, bus, or parking in the area (pdf for directions). Films will begin at 7pm, and it is advisable to arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior for seating. Each film will include a raffle at the end of the screening, and may include guest speakers and performances when available. More information will be given, as it is determined.

The film series is hosted by Lorin Morgan-Richards and is sponsored by the following organizations:

The Japanese American National Museum

The National Center for Preservation of Democracy

The Southern California Indian Center, Inc.

Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center

For more information about the film series please visit
or by email at

Bringing the Circle Together schedule

June 19 -- Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

July 31 -- Black Indians: An American Story

August 14 -- In Whose Honor?

Saturday, May 17, 2008
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

From One Generation to the Next

events/2007-09-08_DiscoverNikkei____.jpg An inspiring interview with Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, with her daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Warren Furutani and their sons Joey and Sei, who share their involvement in the community from redress to public service to grass-roots organization. Moderated by Prof. Mitchell Maki. Presented in conjunction with Discover Nikkei and Nikkei Community Day.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Japan's Hidden Treasures

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Reservations required: 213.830.5676.

NEW! Smithsonian Journeys Travel Program open to all National Museum members
Japan’s Hidden Treasures • November 6–18, 2008

Travel to Japan with Smithsonian guest lecturers and fellow National Museum members. For an itinerary, pricing, and Reservations, call 213.830.5676.

For a complete itinerary:

Save the date
Spirit of Washington, D.C. • April 16–20, 2009

Saturday, May 31, 2008
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour______.jpg Relive history and 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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