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Calendar of Events — July 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.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

National Conference: Whose America? Who’s American? Diversity, Civil Liberties, and Social Justice

events/enduringcommunities.gif 3–6 Thursday–Sunday • Denver, Colorado

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the National Conference examines connections between the WWII Japanese American experience and historical and contemporary issues surrounding democracy and civil rights.

For more information, visit

Thursday, July 10, 2008
6:30 PM

1st & Central Summer Concerts: Southern California Ukulele Showcase II

events/100_Paula_Fuga.jpg By overwhelming demand, our “uke” celebration makes a return visit. This time we feature “up-and-comers,” including Paula Fuga, Brittni Paiva, Abe Lagrimas, Moana, The Monnlighters, and King Kukulele. Co-curated with Ali Lexa, host of Ukulele Spotlight, KPFK 90.7 FM.

2008 1st & Central Summer Concerts schedule

July 24 - Prelude to the 2008 Central Avenue Jazz Festival

August 21 - La Santa Cecilia, Cheap Landscape, and zocaloZüe

September 18 - Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

September 25 - Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

Friday, July 11, 2008
8:00 PM—10:00 PM

Opening Celebration!

Glorious Excess (Born): Paintings by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Opening Celebration!


Mike Shinoda will be signing from 8 to 10 PM

Please Note:

  • No RSVPs accepted
  • Admission based on a first come, first served basis
  • Linkin Park fan club members will have priority for autographs
  • Maximum occupancy will be strictly enforced

  • Saturday, July 12, 2008
    10:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Save Our African American Treasures

    Significant historical items of the 20th century and many from the 19th century are in the basements and attics of private homes all over the country. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched a national program to help identify these objects and encourage people to protect and preserve them.

    Hometown Treasures
    Would you like to know how to save a family treasure? In 15-minute sessions with professional reviewers, participants may share what they know about their item and learn more about its origins. The reviewers might take photographs or scan images of items for later use with your permission. RSVP required for review.

    Classroom I: Preserving Clothing and Textiles
    What is a “Textile” in the museum world? Rag dolls, flags/banners, hats, lace, linens, needlework, quilts/blankets, uniforms, upholstery/curtains – think fabric. Come and get some tips on how to better preserve your daughter’s Christening gown, your grandmother’s wedding dress, or your father’s military uniform from professionals who work in the field of textile preservation. Classrooms are open and do not require a reservation. Presented by Smithsonian staff.

    Classroom II: Preserving Paper/Photographs/Books
    This session is presented by Smithsonian Archives staff. Presenters will focus on preservation techniques to save and protect photographs, books, and other treasured paper documents.

    Classroom III: What is Provenance?
    Do you know that before donating or selling a personal treasure to a cultural institution or organization one must establish “provenance” (pronounced prov-uh-nuh-ns) of that object? Have you heard of this word before, or understand its meaning? If not, you will after this presentation on the process to establish the place of origin and the records needed to authenticate your special item(s). Presented by Smithsonian Institution staff.

    Hands on Preservation
    Learn how to pack garments; store paper and photographs as well as keep ceramics in good condition for generations to come by using preservation tools, materials, and techniques.

    To reserve a slot for a personal Hometown Treasures review of your family’s private treasures write to or call 1-888-249-8033. Space is limited. Your reservation will not be considered complete unless you include in your message

  • The participant’s first and last name
  • What item(s) he/she will be bringing (Furniture, art, rugs/carpets, or objects larger than a shopping bag will not be reviewed.
  • What time of day he/she would like to have his/her review
  • Group A 10:00AM to 11:30AM
  • Group B 11:45AM to 12:30PM
  • Group C 1:30PM to 4:15PM

  • Saturday, July 12, 2008
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Target Free Family Day: Cooking Capers

    events/2007-07-14_TargetLogo__.JPG FREE ALL DAY!

    Delight in a day of family fun that explores shared cooking traditions within the Asian American community.

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

    Schedule for the day

  • All day craft activities: Construct your own chef hat, design your own apron, and a make an origami candy dish.

  • 11:00 – Doors open.

  • 12:00 – 3:00 PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen: Parents and children’s drop in cooking workshops featuring the famous “Not So Fried Rice” dish.

  • 12:30 – 1:00 – Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop: Mochi demonstration and tasting.

  • 1:00 – 2:00: Sushi Chef Institute: Sushi making demonstration and tasting.

  • 2:30 – 3:00: Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop: Mochi demonstration and tasting.

  • 3:00 – 4:00: Sushi Chef Institute: Sushi making demonstration and tasting.

    About our Friends:

    Kidding Around The Kitchen,

    It is such a common problem in today's world that families rarely get to eat together anymore.

    Kidding around the Kitchen shows that families can make and eat food together without a lot of fuss or a huge time commitment. The family food demo helps families with tips on smarter shopping, fun recipe ideas, advice on how to incorporate healthier choices when possible and advice on how to delegate tasks in an age-appropriate way. This family food demo is a “how to” get everyone involved in the family meal.

    Kidding around the Kitchen is for families that have full plates in life as well as wanting a full plate of food to enjoy together. It's about time well spent. You'll see your kids get a we did it attitude!! This family food demo works on the try it premises all while empowering the kids and family. If we can do it, so can you!!

    Kidding around the Kitchen is an adventure in fun, food and family. We are not only making food, we are making memories.

    Drop in times are 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

    For more information on Kidding around the kitchen go to:

    Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop,

    Fugetsu-Do has been a family owned and operated confectionery store in Little Tokyo since 1903. Japanese rice cakes, more commonly known as mochi (rice cake) and manju (sweet bean-filled rice cake), are the staple. The shop, which is currently operated by Brian Kito, is located on East First Street, in the heart of the Historic District of Little Tokyo. Some of the family history was shared with me, and I welcome the opportunity to put down on paper one family's history in the United States.

    Demonstration/Tasting times are: 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

    For more information on Fugetsu-Do Sweet Shop go to:

    Sushi Chef Institute,

    Would you like to get the high quality education of Sushi making? Would you like to be a master Japanese cooking? We are sure to meet your expectations. Sushi Chef Institute (SCI) is a Sushi School for anyone who wants to learn Sushi making and Traditional Japanese cooking. The Instructor, Chef Andy Matsuda, is the first person who is authorized to serve as an instructor in California Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education Institution. He had appeared on famous magazines, People magazine and New York Foody magazine. And he also had appeared on Fox 11 TV show. Now, he teaches not only regular students, but also instructors of Le Cordon Bleu, French culinary school. We hope we could support your dream and see you soon in our class at SCI.

    Demonstration/Tasting times are: 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

    For more information on Sushi Chef Institute go to:

    2008 Target Free Family Saturday schedule

    September 13 – A Whale of a Tale

    November 8 – Brilliant Beats

    December 13 – Artfully Yours

  • Thursday, July 17, 2008
    7:30 PM—9:30 PM

    The Artist’s Studio

    events/logo_laaa_japan.gif Los Angeles Art Association and The Japanese American National Museum present: Lita Albuquerque’s Stellar Axis. An expansion of LAAA’s ongoing ArtSpeak programming, this special evening will feature a presentation of Albuquerque’s powerful site-specific art installation in Antarctica. Ms. Albuquerque is an internationally-renowned installationist, environmental artist, painter and sculptor. She is committed to developing a visual language that brings the realities of vast time and space to a more human scale and is widely acclaimed for her ephemeral and permanent art works executed in the natural landscape and in public sites. .
    Albuquerque is one of the rare artists and humanists responsible for thoughtfully and imaginatively placing the elemental concepts for a living, functional cosmology for 21st century culture within public consciousness. Stellar Axis is the first part of Albuquerque’s newest ephemeral Earth Art work, THE POLE PROJECT, a star map of blue diameters on ice planned for installation at both the North and South Poles which will result in an exhibition of artwork, photographs and a documentary film. A panel discussion by the artist, astronomer Simon Balm and Filmmaker Sophie Pergrum will follow.

    For more information, visit:

    Friday, July 18, 2008
    8:30 AM—10:00 AM

    Insider's Tour & Continental Breakfast for Upper-level Members

    Tour with curator Karin Higa includes exclusive access to observe the ikebana artists at work.

    By invitation only. Call 213.830.5676 for more information.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art
    Sunday, July 20, 2008
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Living Flowers: Sogetsu Los Angeles Branch

    This program highlights the art of Sogetsu Los Angeles Branch, featured in Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art
    Wednesday, July 23, 2008
    4:30 PM—6:30 PM

    The Japanese American Political Experience: Past, Present, Future

    Join the Symposium at the Japan Information and Cultural Center in Washington D.C. for a special presentation by Dr. Mitch Maki. Reception to follow.

    Presented by The Japanese American Network of Greater Washington (JANOGW), the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C. (JCAW) and facilitated by the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).

    Dr. Maki will discuss the Japanese American political experience, from the rise of the internment redress movement of the 1970s and 1980s to the current state of Japanese American political involvement, including political representation in Washington, D.C. and unifying issues. He will also explore possible political roles the Japanese American community may take in the future, including thoughts on whether Japanese Americans may play a more significant role in US – Japan relations and the ramifications in Japan of having Japanese Americans involved in politics here in the United States.

    Dr. Maki is the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles. He is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked for the County of Riverside's Department of Public Social Services, El Centro Human Services, and the Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital. He is the lead author of the award-winning book, Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, a detailed case study of the passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act. This critically acclaimed book documents the development of the redress movement from its earliest roots during World War II, through the formal introduction of the idea during the 1970s, and the judicial and legislative battles of the 1980s and 1990s. In December 2000, the book received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, which is given to books addressing the study of bigotry and human rights in North America.

    RSVP via email to with your name and number of attendees.

    Japan Information and Cultural Center Galleria at Lafayette Centre III
    1155 21st Street, NW (Gallery Level)
    Washington, DC 20036

    Thursday, July 24, 2008
    6:30 PM

    1st & Central Summer Concerts: Prelude to the 2008 Central Avenue Jazz Festival

    The National Museum, in collaboration with the office the Honorable Councilwoman Jan Perry (Los Angeles Council District 9), presents a loving nod to the rich and diverse history of one of the city’s most fabled streets. Artists include Dave Iwataki, LA Jazz Collective, and Dwight Trible. Co-curated with pianist-composer Gary Fukushima. For information, visit
    or contact:

    2008 1st & Central Summer Concerts schedule

    August 21 - La Santa Cecilia, Cheap Landscape, and zocaloZüe

    September 18 - Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

    September 25 - Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

    Saturday, July 26, 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.
    Thursday, July 31, 2008
    7:00 PM—9:00 PM

    Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series -- Black Indians: An American Story

    events/100colorturtlesmall____.jpg Black Indians: An American Story
    Narrator James Earl Jones brings to focus a forgotten part of American history – the cultural and racial fusion of Native and African Americans. Black Indians: An American Story explores what brought the two groups together, what drove them apart and the challenges they face today. Scheduled discussion to follow screening with Valena Broussard Dismukes (Choctaw), author of The Red-Black Connection. Poet Asani Charles (Choctaw/Chickasaw) will 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

    August 14 -- In Whose Honor?



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