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Calendar of Events — August 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, August 2, 2008
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Seeking Justice




This program examines the coram nobis campaign and the Latin American Japanese “Campaign for Justice,” in relation to social issues facing multicultural America post-9/11.

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.

Saturday, August 9, 2008
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Pet Cards

Create greeting cards for dog and cat lovers as well as kusudama balls. $8 Museum members; $13 non-members, includes Museum admission and supplies.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

America’s Promise



To mark the signing date of the Civil Liberties Act on August 10, 1988, Prof. Mitchell Maki presents an overview of the redress movement and leads a panel discussion with individuals from select ethnic groups about redress in their own communities. Reception to follow.

The panelists will include:

  • Dr. Christine Valenciana and Dr. Francisco E. Balderrama, who will discuss the deportation of Mexcian Americans during the 1930s
  • Clyde W. Namu'o, who will discuss Native Hawaiian struggles with redress and reparations
  • Dr. David L. Horne, who will discuss reparations in the African American community

  • Thursday, August 14, 2008
    7:00 PM—9:00 PM

    Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series -- In Whose Honor?

    events/100colorturtlesmall.jpg In Whose Honor?
    Filmmaker Jay Rosenstein focuses on the story of Charlene Teters (Spokane) whose campaign against Chief Illiniwek, mascot of University of Illinois, forced many to rethink the larger issue of culture and identity and their representation in the media, and effects on both Native Americans and non-Natives. Poetry by Los Angeles artist Tschetan to start 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

    Saturday, August 16, 2008

    68th Nisei Week Japanese Festival Begins

    August 16-24, 2008

    The 68th Nisei Week Japanese Festival, including the Grand Parade, Street Fair and Street Ondo in Little Tokyo. For more information, please call 213.687.7193 or visit

    Saturday, August 16, 2008
    1:00 PM—7:00 PM

    Summer Festival on the Courtyard

    events/2007-08-18_Kaeru_.jpg A New Spin: Past Meets Present

    August 16, 2008, 1-7 PM
    (The galleries and National Museum store will remain open until 7 PM!)


    Celebrate summer at the National Museum with a day of fun activities for the entire family.

    FREE raffle for Japanese American National Museum Members

    Join or renew your membership at the event and receive a special gift!

    1:00: Doors open

    1:00 – 5:00: Craft activities for the entire family

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Create an origami tulip card to send to someone special.

  • Origami paper cranes: Celebrate Naomi Hirahara’s book 1001 Cranes, by folding and decorating a paper crane.

  • Kites: Turn everyday materials into a fun kite.

  • Sun prints: Celebrate summer by using plants to make a sun print.

  • Art making: Be inspired by Living Flowers! Enjoy ikebana arrangements on display and let your creativity blossom into your own work of art using a variety of materials.

  • Toddler room: Enjoy the outdoors inside! We invite our youngest visitors and their families to relax and play with fun toys on our indoor lawn.

    4:00: Book reading and signing. 1001 Cranes, Written by Naomi Hirahara

    5:00 – 7:00: Performances

  • Magic Andrew
    At just 19 years old, Andrew has performed for clients like Nordstrom, Barnes and Noble, and more. An international award winner with a fresh approach to traditional magic, his skill and talent have been featured on national television, most recently in a commercial featuring Tila Tequila. Andrew currently resides in San Francisco.

    To see video clips of his previous shows visit:

  • NSU Modern
    NSU Modern is the first competitive Nikkei dance group among Southern California's impressive collection of collegiate dance talent. The dancers are proud to represent the Nikkei Student Union of UCLA, the university's only Japanese American student association. The team is comprised of multi-ethnic Bruin students who all share the same passion for dance, performance, competition, creativity, and community.

    To see video clips of their previous performances visit:

  • Kanani Kalama Hula Studio

  • TaikoProject
    The TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of premiere taiko drummers dedicated to promoting and advancing the American art of taiko. Through public performances, education, and outreach activities, TAIKOPROJECT is committed to preserving taiko as a dynamic element of Japanese American culture and heritage. In addition to maintaining taiko as a community-based tradition, TAIKOPROJECT also incorporates unconventional and innovative concepts to expand artistic boundaries. Through these values, TAIKOPROJECT seeks not only to entertain audiences, but also to inform them about the history and integrity of taiko as an evolving art form.

    To see video clips of their previous shows visit:

  • Thursday, August 21, 2008
    6:30 PM

    1st & Central Summer Concerts: La Santa Cecilia, Cheap Landscape, and zocaloZüe

    events/100Cheap_Landscape.jpg East LA meets the NY downtown music scene as these three emerging groups offer Afro Caribbean sounds with a twist. From La Santa Cecilia’s genre blurring use of traditional instruments to Cheap Landscape’s distorted Colombian cumbia to zocaloZüe’s pumped up Mexican son this evening will featuring more than a few sonic surprises. Co-curated with independent producer Betto Arcos.

    2008 1st & Central Summer Concerts schedule

    September 18 - Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

    September 25 - Chicha Libre and Etran Finatawa

    Sunday, August 24, 2008
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Living Flowers: Ohara School of Ikebana

    This program highlights the art of Ohara School of Ikebana Los Angeles Chapter, featured in Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art
    Saturday, August 30, 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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