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Calendar of Events — December 2010

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, December 4, 2010
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100___________________________.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: Heart of a Community with experienced docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, December 4, 2010
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Lecture: The Japanese American Family Today

events/Sakamoto100.jpg Professor Arthur Sakamoto from the University of Texas, Austin will lead an informative talk on the sociology of the modern Japanese American family versus Japanese American families from the early 20th century.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
6:30 PM—10:00 PM

The Politics of Fear and Persecution: Then and Now

6:30 PM Reception and Viewing of Exhibit
7:00-8:00 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A

Join the ACLU of Southern California and the Japanese American National Museum for a panel discussion with Ahilan Arulanantham (ACLU/SC Director of Immigrant Rights and National Security), Mia Yamamoto (Criminal Defense Attorney who was born in a World War II internment camp), and Hussam Ayloush (Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter).

Please RSVP to Clarissa Woo at (213) 977-5241 or email

Thursday, December 9, 2010
7:30 PM—10:30 PM

East West Players presents a reading of A WIDOW OF NO IMPORTANCE by Shane Sakhrani

events/EWP_logo_CMYK2100__.jpg Deepa has been a widow for a year. Her only desire is to see her daughter married so that she can die in peace. But when she starts receiving romantic advances from her recently divorced neighbor, also her son’s best friend, she starts to see the benefits of living.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Fold, Crease, and Crinkle

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Enjoy a day of family fun with origami activities, workshops, and demonstrations.

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

  • Going green! Paper folding can be found all around you, sometimes in unexpected places! Make an origami creation using a variety of reused and recycled paper that we’ve found around the museum.

  • Fold and snip your way to a kirigami* creation.

  • Make pencils distinctively yours by wrapping them in Japanese washi paper.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a decorative lantern ornament to display in the perfect spot!

  • *Kirigami a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper

    11 AM - Doors open

    11 AM – 4 PM – A special display of Won Park’s amazing money origami

    11 AM - 4 PM – Drop in Origami Workshop with the Origami Artists

    1:00 PM -- Girligami's Cindy Ng returns to the museum to teach us more of her fun and unique origami

    1 PM - 4 PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen will help all our young friends make their own lettuce wraps with delicious filling to make a beautiful folded treat

    2 PM – Special Won Park origami workshop (Class is first come, first serve. Limit 10)

    3 PM – Special Won Park origami workshop (Class is first come, first serve. Limit 10)

    4 PM - Doors close

    Won Park
    Won Park is the master of Origami. He is also called the “money folder”, a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not– both in stunning detail.

    For more information about Won Park or to see some of his past work, visit

    Origami Artists
    We are all members of Origami USA. We attend and teach at various origami conventions and functions, such as the Japanese Garden in Long Beach and Van Nuys, several libraries, Japanese Festivals, County Fairs, and other events.

    Girligami by Cindy Ng
    Origami is fun. But there’s a limit on how many origami cranes anyone can use in a lifetime. Fortunately, Girligami is here, ready to show cool crafters how to fold outside the box! 20 adorable, all-new designs are perfect for anyone who loves fashion, friends, and folding. Oooh, look! Little shoes! Purses! Clothing! Adorable animals! Valentine hearts! Fortune-tellers! More! More! More! Each project comes with step-by-step directions plus preprinted origami papers to tear out and fold. A separate chapter shows great ways to use the origami crafts, like turning them into earrings and necklaces or adding them to cards and gifts.

    For more information about Girligami or Cindy Ng, visit For more information, visit /.

    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.

    For more information on Kidding Around The Kitchen, visit:

    January 2: Oshogatsu Family Festival

    January 29, 2011: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop. It’s Winter: Hurry, Let’s Make Some Curry!

    March 26, 2011: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: Spring Rolls into JANM!

    May 28, 2011: Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: WOK and ROLL Family Cooking Adventure

    February 12:Candy Land

    March 12: Construction Zone

    May 14 Wild Things

    June 11: Take It to the Street

    July 09: Once Upon A Time

    October 08: Up in the Air

    November 12: Planet Power

    December 10: That’s a Wrap

    Saturday, December 18, 2010
    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.

    $9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.

    Saturday, December 18, 2010
    2:00 PM—10:00 PM

    A Special Performance of: Paper Son

    events/Yee100.jpg Matinee Show at 2 p.m. / Evening Show at 6 p.m.
    Tickets: $20/members $25/non-members

    Celebrate the Seventh Anniversary of CAM with the West Coast return of Paper Son, a critically-acclaimed autobiographical solo show by writer/performer Byron Yee. Presented in partnership with community co-sponsors, the Japanese American National Museum and Visual Communications, Paper Son explores the issues of identity, immigration and personal heritage in the story of Oklahoma-native Byron Yee, who moves to California to start a career in stand-up comedy. A disastrous movie audition for the role of a stereotypical Pidgin-English-speaking Chinese restaurant owner compels Yee to confront his long-ignored heritage, where he soon discovers that his own father was a paper son.

    Awarded “Outstanding Solo Show” at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival and winner of the “Best Of Fringe Award” at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, Paper Son is a show not to be missed!

    Tickets maybe purchased online at or by calling 213-485-8484. Purchase your tickets in advance, limited seating available.

    Presented in partnership with the Chinese American Museum and the Japanese American National Museum.

    Thursday, December 30, 2010
    5:00 PM—9:00 PM

    Zen Garage Opening


    Join us for the opening of Zen Garage, a concept display developed in collaboration with Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Zen Garage



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