Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Calendar of Events — October 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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008
8:30 AM—6:00 PM

2008 Imprint Culture Lab

events/logo_aboutus100.jpg In collaboration with the Imprint Culture Lab, the National Museum hosts this annual one-day conference on the CULT in Pop CULTure. For more information, visit
Thursday, October 2, 2008
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Multiple Feeds

events/logo_laaa_japan_.gif FREE!

Los Angeles Art Association is proud to partner with Otis College of Art and Design on an essential screening of Otis’ time-based and new media artists. Part of Otis’ 90th Anniversary celebration, this screening will acknowledge and commemorate the many important video artists fostered at Otis. Curated by Erika Suderburg.

For more information, visit:

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Asian American Poetry & Writing Presents: Creative Writing Classes

events/aapw-logo_100_.gif This Fall 2008 Asian American Poetry and Writing (AAPW) and the Japanese American National Museum are proud and excited to offer community-based creative writing workshops for aspiring and emerging writers. Our goal is to create affordable and culturally sensitive classes that allows writers the space to explore craft and theme in their work.

October 4, 2008 - November 8, 2008 (Saturday mornings and afternoons)

$150 for six sessions. $125 for JANM members (Minimum 5 participants, maximum 12). To sign up for a class please go to Pre-registration is required.


1. Stories Make us Real (1-3pm)
Introduction to Fiction with Noel Alumit

In this introductory class, we will read stories and then write our own. What are the elements of narrative? How do we utilize character, point of view, dialogue, plot, setting and tone? Through close reading and discussion, we will examine how others have created powerful fiction. We'll also workshop our own writing, helping each other to dig deeper and unearth the core of our stories and in the process--ourselves.

Noel Alumit's first novel "Letters to Montgomery Clift," has received many awards including the Stonewall Book Award (American Library Association), Violet Quill Award (Insight Out Books), the Global Filipino Literary Award (Our Own Voice), and the Gold Seal (ForeWord Magazine). He has also been nominated for the PEN Center USA West Literary award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Asian American Literary Award. His second novel "Talking o the Moon" was published in 2007 and went on to become a Los Angeles Times Bestseller. He also teaches for UCLA Extension. He blogs at

2. The World is a Poem (11am – 1pm)
Introduction to Poetry with Neil Aitken

There are moments in our lives that transform us or change the way we view the world around us. Something we see or feel moves us beyond where we've been. Often it's love or loss, the stories of how we got here or where we are going, or maybe just the way that something we've always taken as ordinary reveals itself as extraordinary or beautiful. What makes a poem a poem? How do we set down our thoughts and emotions in a more powerful way? This course will cover essential poetcraft including: imagery and figurative language, rhythm and sound, line and form, and lyric and narrative styles. Some discussion of poetry journals and publishing will also be provided.

Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight which won the 2007 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and is due out from Anhinga Press in November 2008. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and is currently pursuing a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at USC. More information about Neil can be found on his website:

3. Claiming Your Voice (11am – 1pm)
A memoir/personal writing class with Naomi Hirahara

Have you always wanted to write, but are not sure quite how to put your thoughts and experiences on paper? How do you find your written "voice" and how do you nurture and sustain it? Instruction will include writing exercises that allow students to take creative risks in a safe and encouraging environment. Participants will learn how to remove obstacles that keep them from being truly free in their writing. Basic craft skills will also be covered.

* Please note: Naomi's class will run from Oct 4 - Nov 15 with Oct 25 off

Award-winning writer and former Rafu Shimpo editor Naomi Hirahara is a Los Angeles literary treasure. She is the author of the Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mystery series, which includes Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, and Snakeskin Shamisen. Her website is

4. Lights, Camera, Write (11am – 1 pm)
Introduction to Screenwriting with Koji Steven Sakai

For the cinephile who has the next great American Film within them, this six-week course will introduce you to the craft of screenwriting, where students will focus on story structure, scene development and dialogue. From plot-driven action to independent drama, students will write and workshop short scenes, basic outlines and short treatments.

Koji Steven Sakai is a graduate from USC's Masters of Professional Writing program. He co-wrote, Haunted Highway, which was directed by Junichi Suzuki and distributed by Lions Gate DVD. He has held several fellowships, starting with the most recent, which include: Film Independent's Project: Involve (2007), Visual Communication's Armed With a Camera (2006), and Screenwriting Expo 4 New Visions Fellowship award (2005). When he isnt' fighting crime or making movies, he is the Manager of Public Programs at the Japanese American National Museum.

To sign up for a class please go to

Saturday, October 4, 2008
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour: Common Ground

events/commonground100_.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: Heart of a Community with our experienced and knowledgeable docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, October 4, 2008
7:30 PM—10:00 PM

20 Years Ago Today Exhibition Opening Celebration!

FREE to the public

Enjoy a special exhibition opening of California Community Foundation Presents 20 Years Ago Today: Supporting Individual Artists in L.A.

All are invited to view some of L.A.’s most exciting and innovative visual works of art from the past twenty years. No RSVPs required.

Sunday, October 5, 2008
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Museums Free-For-All


In a joint effort to welcome diverse communities across Southern California, the Museum Marketing Roundtable announces the fourth annual "Museums Free-For-All" during the weekend of Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5, 2008. The twenty-four institutions listed below—exploring art, cultural heritage, natural history and science—will offer free admission to all visitors on one or both dates.

For information on exhibitions on view in early October, visit or the individual institutional websites below:

Armory Center for the Arts (BOTH DATES)

Autry National Center (Sunday, October 5, only)

Bowers Museum (Sunday, October 5, only)

California African American Museum (BOTH DATES)

California Heritage Museum (Saturday, October 4, only)

California Science Center (BOTH DATES)

Craft and Folk Art Museum (BOTH DATES)

Fowler Museum at UCLA (BOTH DATES)

The Getty Center (BOTH DATES)

The Getty Villa -- advance ticket required -- (BOTH DATES)

Hammer Museum at UCLA (BOTH DATES)

Japanese National American Museum (Sunday, October 5, only)

Los Angeles Fire Harbor Museum
(Saturday, October 4, only)

Los Angeles Fire Museum & Memorial (BOTH DATES)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (BOTH DATES)

Museum of Latin American Art (BOTH DATES)

Museum of Tolerance (Sunday, October 5, only)>

Natural History Museum (BOTH DATES)

Norton Simon Museum (Sunday, October 5, only)

The Paley Center for Media (BOTH DATES)

Petersen Automotive Museum (BOTH DATES)

Santa Monica Museum of Art (Saturday, October 4, only)

Skirball Cultural Center (Sunday, October 5, only)

Southwest Museum of the American Indian (BOTH DATES)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

The True Patriot

events/ncpd100.bmp Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer authors of The True Patriot will lead a lively conversation on what constitutes “true” patriotism and how its pursuit can change politics in America.

For more information about the book, visit

Saturday, October 11, 2008
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Holiday Cards

Create fun Halloween and Thanksgiving cards for your friends and family.

$8 for National Museum members; $13 for non-members, includes Museum admission and supplies.

Saturday, October 11, 2008
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

No-No Boys, Draft Resistors & the Legacy of the internment: David Mura's New Novel

events/Mura_author_photo-color100.jpg David Mura, author of Turning Japanese, will read from and discuss his new novel Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire.

The novel explores the fate of a Japanese American family whose father was a No-No Boy during World War II. The narrator, Ben Ohara, is a sansei who grows up knowing little of his father's past.

Mura will talk about the continued relevance of the internment in the current debates on national security and upon the identity of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans.

Sunday, October 12, 2008
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Kip Fulbeck's new book project is MIXED KIDS

events/icon_100hapa.jpg Kip Fulbeck's new book project is MIXED KIDS ... a photo portrait book about multiracial/multiethnic kids!  We're having an open shoot Sunday, October 12th. Here are the details:



This is an open call for mixed kids 12 and under ... multiracial, biracial, mestizo, Hapa, etc.  Any ethnic mixture is welcome!  Approximately 100 children will be picked for the book.


1.  Release forms must be signed by parents/legal guardians.  If you are bringing children that aren't your own, please print out this release form and have it signed.  Kip will not photograph anyone without a signed release.

2.  Please have your child wear their typical clothes.  We'd like them to look as everyday (and beautiful!) as they normally do, as opposed to having them look "dressed up."  

3.  Please do not have your child wear all white.  Kip shoots on a white backdrop, so white jackets, t-shirts, etc. bleed into the background.  The less white clothing, the better.

4.  Let your child know this is a fun project.  Kip is great with kids, and he'll joke around with them, show them their pictures and give them stickers.  But anything you can do to get them in a fun frame of mind is appreciated.  Please make sure they're well-fed and have gotten their sleep!  :)

5.  Depending on crowds, the whole portrait process can usually be completed in 10-20 minutes.  

6.  INDIVIDUAL STATEMENTS:  Your child will be given the opportunity to write about themselves on a piece of paper (similar to Kip's other books) ... the basic question is "Who are you?" but they can take it wherever they want.  They can write as many statements as they want, but they must finish it at the shoot before you leave -- i.e. no sending it in by mail later.  Kids are pretty good at coming up with their own genius ideas here!  Scribbling for the younger kids is fine.

7.  If they'd like to practice, make sure to have them write/draw in a 7"x7" box with black ink.  They'll probably have to re-do a statement on premises to keep the project uniform.

8. If your child is really into a hobby or activity, you can bring a prop for them to hold/play with (sports equipment/ball, musical instrument, paintbrush, stuffed animal, blanket, toy, doll, book, etc.) Also, if they participate in a sport, feel free to have them come in their uniform, gi, etc. PLEASE NOTE: THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE REGULAR CLOTHES AS A BACKUP... Just so we have the option of shooting either.

What are my child's chances of getting in the book?
It all depends on how many people we shoot and what the publisher pics.  For 100% Hapa, Kip photographed 1200 people for 120 images.  For Permanence, he photographed 400 people for 120 images.  We are planning to photograph approximately 300-400 kids for Mixed Kids.

How do I increase their chances of getting picked?
This is a hard one, as we don't make the final decision, but usually the more original the statement, the better.  Humor, drawings, and poignancy are always good.

Can we get copies of the pictures?
Sorry, but we cannot forward original pictures.  If you are interested in purchasing an image, we can send you a sample copy.  Please contact me (Lindsay) at to inquire about purchasing signed prints.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
6:30 PM—7:30 PM

Gallery talk

Come join us for an exciting gallery talk with a curator and artists Kyungmi Shin, Todd Gray and Lynn Aldrich.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Eyes & Ears: A Night of Asian American Hip Hop

events/Jin100_.jpg 9 pm to 1 am
Performances start at 10 pm

A live show featuring the best of Asian American/Pacific Islander hip-hop music and culture.

This concert features internationally known hip-hop legend Jin the MC from 106 & Park fame, as well as up-and-coming rapper Camino and R&B sensation Sheri. Clothing and lifestyle giants, Teruo Artistry and E.G.R. - EngineeRED by REMY, will also be there for a special once-in-a-life-time hip-hop fashion show! A team of talented DJs (Jekai Soulspeak, DJ Linotype, DJ Spingineer) will help keep the night popping.

$5.00 for Japanese American National Museum members; $10 for non-members. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance by calling 213-625-0414 or visiting the visitor center at the National Museum. Please note, on the day of the program tickets can be purchased with cash only.

For more information about the different artists go to:

Sunday, October 19, 2008
12:30 PM—2:30 PM

Dr. Gordon Sato: The Manzanar Project

Come hear Dr. Gordon Sato from The Manzanar Project speak about his work fighting global poverty around the world.

The Manzanar Project is named after the concentration camp Dr. Sato was in during World War II and is dedicated to the eradication of poverty and hunger and to relieving global warming. The approach adapted comes from my long experience as a scientific researcher and my experience in the Manzanar Desert trying to relieve the tedium of meal after meal of canned spinach and spam.

The Manzanar Project has won two prestigious awards: the 2002 Rolex Award and the Blue Planet Prize of 2005 in Tokyo. It was very gratifying to win these awards and they have given the Project credibility in the wider world but my ambition is not to win awards but to achieve the objectives of the Manzanar Project.

For more information about Gordon's work, visit
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Ian Buruma’s The China Lover



In conversation with John Nathan, Takashima Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies, UCSB

In his enthralling new novel, Buruma—an expert on modern Asia—uses the life of the starlet Yamaguchi Yoshiko as a lens through which to understand the contradictions and complexities of modern Japanese history.

This program will take place at the Mark Taper Auditorium at the downtown Central Library. To make reservations or for more information go to or 213-228-7025

JANM members recieve a 15% discount on Ian Buruma’s book for the ALOUD program on October 21st. To receive the discount, you must present a membership card.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Bringing the Circle Together: A Native American Film Series -- Aleut Story

events/100colorturtlesmall_____.jpg Screening of 'Aleut Story'

In the turbulence of war, the Aleuts of Alaska would redefine themselves – and America. From indentured servitude and being put into concentration camps during World War II, to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible story of the Aleuts’ decades-long struggle for our nation’s ideals. Special guest author/poet Marie Huskey (Unangan/Aleut) 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, October 25, 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.

Saturday, October 25, 2008
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Redress Remembered: WWII Rendition of Japanese Latin Americans


During WWII, over 2200 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were kidnapped from 13 Latin American countries and interned in Department of Justice camps and Army facilities for the purpose of hostage exchange. Learn more about what they endured during WWII, their ongoing redress struggle to hold the US government accountable for war crimes, and lessons for present day challenges.


Karen Parker, Esq.
Counsel for former Japanese Peruvian internees in U.S. courts and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with expertise in human rights and humanitarian (armed conflict) law

Richard Katsuda
Educator and Co-chair, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress

Craig Ishii
Regional Director, Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Citizens League

Moderator: Grace Shimizu
Director, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, and Coordinator, Campaign For Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans!

The program will include a spoken word performance by Naomi Quinones and a screening of the DVD trailer of "Stolen Lives," produced by Kiku Lani Iwata (Tara Entertainment).

FREE! RSVP REQUIRED to 213.625.0414 ext. 2222, or (subject: JLA Redress).

Presented in collaboration with Campaign for Justice: Redress Now For Japanese Latin Americans!, Japanese American Citizen's League–Pacific Southwest District, Discover Nikkei, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, and the National Museum. Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of LA, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Japanese American Bar Association of Greater Los Angeles (JABA).

Thursday, October 30, 2008
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

East West Players presents a reading of IXNAY by Paul Kikuchi

events/2007-07-14_EWP_Logo__.jpg Raymond Kobayashi is in the prime of his sansei life when he’s pulled up to Heaven. But when he finds out he’s been scheduled to return as a Japanese American again, Raymond flat out refuses. A comedy about an underachieving Asian who causes major havoc at the Reincarnation Station when he ixnays his Next Life.



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