Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Calendar of Events — May 2011

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.

Sunday, May 1, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Rosebud and Other Stories by Wakako Yamauchi, Edited by Lillian Howan

events/Wakako100.jpg Secret desires, unfulfilled longing, and irrepressible humor flow through the stories of Wakako Yamauchi, writings that depict the lives of Nisei, second-generation Japanese Americans. Through the medium of Yamauchi’s storytelling, readers enter the world of desert farmers, factory workers, gamblers, housewives, con artists, and dreamers. Elegantly simple in words and complex in resonance, her stories reveal hidden strength, resilience, and the persistence of hope.

Wakako Yamauchi was born in 1924 in the desert farmlands of the California Imperial Valley. In 1942, the seventeen-year-old Yamauchi and her family were interned with thousands of other Japanese Americans in Poston Relocation Center in the Arizona desert. She worked as an artist for the camp newspaper, the Poston Chronicle, and there began her lifelong friendship with the writer Hisaye Yamamoto. Following the war, Yamauchi began writing fiction. Her short story “And the Soul Shall Dance” was published in the groundbreaking Asian American anthology Aiiieeeee! (1974) and later adapted into an award-winning play, beginning Yamauchi’s long career as an acclaimed playwright. Her first collection, Songs My Mother Taught Me: Stories, Plays, and Memoir, was published in 1994. Yamauchi wrote the stories collected in Rosebud in her later years, focusing on the clarity of her language and “telling the story, getting as close to the truth as I can.”

Presented in collaboration with The George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, and the National Museum
Saturday, May 7, 2011
10:00 AM—6:00 PM

8+1: A Symposium Voices from The Asian American Literary Review

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8+1: A Symposium: Voices from The Asian American Literary Review is a day-long celebration of Asian American literature and Asian American writers. Featuring paired readings and Q&A sessions by established and emerging authors whose work has or will appear in the pages of the literary journal The Asian American Literary Review.

Readers include Joy Kogawa, Kip Fulbeck, Rishi Reddi, R. Zamora Linmark, Reese Okyong Kwon, Viet Nguyen, Hiromi Itō with translator Jeffrey Angles, Ray Hsu, and Brian Ascalon Roley.

Community sponsors include the Japanese American National Museum, the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California Irvine, Poets & Writers, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA English Department and the UCLA Friends of English, the USC Asian American Studies Program, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association Giant Robot, Hyphen Magazine, Audrey Magazine, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, the Asian American Journalists Association's Los Angeles Chapter, and Philippine Expressions Bookshop.

Come to any or all of the readings; stay and get your books signed by the authors. Free to the public. For more information about the Asian American Literary Review, visit

Saturday, May 7, 2011
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_4.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, May 14, 2011
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: Wild Things

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Delight in a day of family fun that explores the wild world of animals!

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

  • Take a walk on the wild side by making an animal mask to wear!

  • Spotted or striped? Friendly or fierce? Create an animal puppet with a mix of fun materials. Thumbs up! Use your imagination to make critters and creatures using your own thumbprints to make a card for someone special.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Come learn how to make a fox out of paper!

  • *Special Animal Food Drive: Bring new/unopened Wellness dog food (both kibble and wet food) to the National Museum and we’ll donate it to Ken-Mar Rescue.

    11 AM: Doors open

    11 AM – 4 PM: Animal Advocates will teach about wildlife in Los Angeles County!

    11 AM – 4 PM: Come out and meet the Ken-Mar Rescue orphans. Find out about the importance of Spaying & Neutering your pets, find out how you can become a Foster Parent, learn about Ken-Mar Rescue's Guardian Angel program to help save a dog's life, or adopt a fur-ever friend.

    1 – 3 PM: Let our balloon animal artist bring the wild to you!

    1 - 4 PM: Kidding Around the Kitchen is excited to bring out the beast in you with our favorite snack The Banana Bites

    2 – 4 PM: Learn about and pet a reptile at a one-of-a-kind reptile party

    4 PM: Doors close

    Animal Advocates
    Animal Advocates is a non-profit animal rescue and education organization. We are located in the Los Angeles County area but serve most of Southern California.

    We work with local city and private animal shelters, schools, private groups and other rescue organizations to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals. We are permitted by the California Department of Fish & Game. We specialize in coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, opossums, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, moles, voles, gophers, wild mice, wild rats and bats. We don't rescue birds.

    For more information on Animal Advocates, visit: /.

    Ken-Mar Rescue
    Ken-Mar Rescue is dedicated to helping end the overwhelming pet overpopulation problem in Southern California and beyond.

    We wish to ensure that each animal in need has the opportunity to fully benefit from all that the information revolution has to offer.

    For more information on Ken-Mar Rescue, visit:

    Kidding Around The Kitchen
    Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson to the classroom in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. The result of their cutting, measuring cooking and then eating their creations is more than simply a lesson in health. They get to see, touch, smell and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats and other ingredients that they may never have previously see in their raw form. The classes reinforce math, science, reading and vocabulary all within a one hour lesson. Measuring cups and spoons help with fractions. Multiplication and division are used when recipes are reduced or increased. Solids become liquids, bread rises, pancakes expand, and science is suddenly edible. Pronouncing ingredient names and reading recipes help to enlarge vocabulary. Studying food labels promotes an awareness of natural and "not so natural" ingredients used in everyday items.

    At KATK we recognize that children often drive the eating habits of paring a meal, their choices instinctively move to more natural and less processed ingredients. At home, armed with a cookbook from each session, the kids ask to recreate what they’ve learned in class, (often using the same ingredients that only days before were “yuck!”).

    For more information on Kidding around the kitchen, visit:

    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

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

    13th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard!

    Sunday, May 15, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    The White Bird of Poston

    events/The_White_Bird_of_Poston_logo_100.jpg This new piece is being produced in LA Opera's In School Opera program for Secondary Schools this year. The Composer is Eli Villanueva. The Librettist is Leslie Stevens. In the high school performances, this 47 minute original opera will have four professional principal singers, three professional musicians with original set, costume and lighting design. The participating students will become the singing, moving, acting chorus; playing Japanese American Internees, American soldiers, and the animals of the desert.

    THE WHITE BIRD OF POSTON is the story of a fifteen-year-old Japanese American girl, Akiko, who is sent to the Poston internment camp in the Arizona desert shortly after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. She encounters unforeseen obstacles but also blessings, including a Native American young man, a talking Coyote, and the spirit of her Grandmother. Through lessons in Courage, Faith and her own Prejudice, Akiko finds a way to stay connected to her traditions and move forward as American young woman. She will be a leader for her community.

    The story was inspired in part by the watercolor paintings of Chizuko Judy Sugita de Quieroz, who was in Poston at 9 years old.

    For more information about the LA Opera, visit
    Friday, May 20, 2011

    Member Appreciation Days

    May 20 - 22

    Members receive 20% discount in the Museum Store and Plus, free admission and 20% store discounts at 18 other Southland institutions!

    Check for details in mid-April.

    Saturday, May 21, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Border Crossings: An Ongoing Exploration of Community & Society Through Cinema & Media Arts Presented by Visual Communications. Cultures of Resistance (2010), Directed by Iara Lee

    events/VCLogo_2.jpg Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, is pleased to inaugurate an ongoing series at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Select works ranging from politics to horror, from live-action to anime and everything else in between will be augmented with shoptalks and special guest appearances.

    The latest documentary film by the director of Modulations and Synthetic Pleasures draws connections between people on every continent and highlights the work of artists, musicians, and dancers throughout the world who are re-conceiving resistance as an art form.

    Presented in partnership with Visual Communications. For more information about Visual Communications, visit

    Sunday, May 22, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Digging Amache: Revealing a Confined Community

    events/Bonnie_Clark100.jpg Archaeology is popularly associated with ancient remains, but the techniques of the discipline can be a particularly valuable tool for better understanding more recent, shadowed histories, like the interment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Since 2006, the University of Denver (DU) has been engaged in archaeological research at the Granada Relocation Center National Historic Landmark, better known as Amache, on the high plains of Colorado. A primary reason Amache received Landmark status are the many physical remains still there to bear testimony to life in the camp, including evidence of the camp layout such as roads and building foundations, internee modifications to the camp landscape, and objects scattered over the area or deposited in the camp trash dumps.

    Led by Dr. Bonnie Clark, Associate Professor of Anthropology, the DU Amache project is dedicated to researching, preserving and interpreting the tangible history of Amache. In this talk, Dr. Clark will discuss how archaeology is revealing the rich material resources of the site. Research on these remains yields surprising details about daily life in the camp, especially strategies internees employed to transform the stark environment of the camp. By working with former internees and their families, DU students and professors have aligned with the communities engaged in remembering and preserving this nationally significant site.

    Presented in collaboration with The George and Sakaye Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA, and the National Museum

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    Exhibition Opens

    Fighting for Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People" opens.
    Saturday, May 28, 2011
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___5.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, May 28, 2011
    11:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Kidding Around the Kitchen Family Cooking Workshop: WOK and ROLL Family Cooking Adventure

    events/KiddingLogo100_3.jpg Please note: This class has been canceled.

    Back by popular demand, this very popular hands on family cooking class of easy and healthy stir-fry recipes (WOK) and sushi (ROLL). NEW recipes the whole family will love!

    All workshops are $25 for members (one child & one adult); $35 for non-members (one child & one adult), an additional $20 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of the workshop, admission is included. RSVP early, 25 participants max. In addition, families will take home a special KATK recipes pamphlet as well as the official KATK kid's kitchen utensil and safety knife set one per every.

    To find out more about Kidding Around the Kitchen, go to

    13th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard!

    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, May 28, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Black & White. Directed by Frederick E.O. Toye. Written by Sigrid B. Toye

    events/BW100_copy.jpg Tears well in the mother’s eyes as the child asks for her father. She learns from her mother that ‘some men’ had come to the door, searched the entire house, and taken her father away. This is a typical story in the Japanese American community but it also happened to thousands of German and Italian Americans as well.

    Come watch the short film about one German American family and stay for the Q&A with the filmmaker who will discuss her family’s traumatic experiences post Pearl Harbor and would like to hear your experiences as well.



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