Calendar of Events — September 2011
All programs are free for JANM members and free 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Introduction to Soba Making with Sonoko Sakai
Wear closed-toe shoes with soft soles. Bring an apron and a tupperware container to take home your soba. $75 members; $85 non-members. Includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 12 participants max.
For more information about Sonoko Sakai and her other workshops, visit www.cooktellsastory.com/.
Hiroshima in the Morning by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Separated from her family and country while the world seemed to fall apart, Rizzuto’s marriage crumbled as she wrestled with her ambivalence about being a wife and mother. Woven into the story of her own awakening are the stories of Hiroshima in the survivors’ own words. The parallel narratives explore the role of memory in our lives, and show how memory is not history but a story we tell ourselves to explain who we are.
Hiroshima in the Morning is a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, and winner of the Grub Street National Book Award. It has been called " lyrical and moving, transcendent and beautiful" (NBCC Nomination). Grace Talusan, Judge for the Grub Street Award said, "Using diary entries, emails, telephone transcripts, and oral histories, Rizzuto pieces together a masterful collage about Hiroshima, 9/11, ambivalent motherhood, a doomed marriage, and a writer trying to understand what narrative means amidst so many kinds of bombs hitting so many beloved targets.”
Rizzuto has appeared on The Today Show, The View, The Joy Behar Show, MSNBC, and Gayle King Radio among others and writes for Salon and the Huffington Post. Her first novel, Why She Left Us, which won an American Book Award, was inspired by her family's internment at Amache during World War II and more than thirty interviews with former internees. She is a Professor in the Goddard College Master's in Creative Writing Program, and can be found at: www.r3reiko.com.
Surrogate Valentine-- Los Angeles Premiere + Goh Nakamura Live!
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. On sale soon at www.surrogatevalentine.com (check back here for updates).
Co-presented by the Japanese American National Museum, Giant Robot and Poketo.
Shibori Workshop with Indigo
$35 members; $45 non-members, an additional $25 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class, admission is included. RSVP early, 20 participants max.
For more information about Shibori Girl or to see some of her work, go to www.shiborigirlstudios.com.
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
This is Allen Say’s own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn’t understand his son’s artistic leanings, Allen was embraced by Noro Shinpei, Japan’s leading cartoonist and the man he came to love as his “spiritual father.” Part memoir, part graphic novel, part narrative history, Drawing from Memory presents a complex look at the real-life relationship between mentor and student. It is a book that will inspire the artist in all of us.
Come hear Allen Say in a conversation with John Mason of Scholastic Books about his early ambition to become a cartoonist and how his sensei helped him to become a fine artist.
SPECIAL EVENT ADDED—September 17 & 18! Some of the original artwork for this book will be on display for two days only!
Wellness as a Global Solution: A Look at Keiro's Future & 50 Years of Enhancing the Quality of Senior Life in our Community
Featured speakers include Keiro Senior HealthCare staff and volunteer coaches. Program moderated by Naomi Hirahara.
Honor Thy Children by Al and Jane Nakatani
Al and Jane Nakatani, presently living in Maui, lost all three of their sons. In their book, Honor Thy Children, they tell the story of how two died of AIDS, and the other was murdered. They will relate their inspiring story of reconciliation.
Boyle Heights Metro Tour
$15 Members; $20 non-members, includes admission. This tour involves approximately two miles of walking. Please wear suitable footwear. Maximum: 20 guests.
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
$9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.
Craft Class with Ruthie Kitagawa: Halloween & Thanksgiving Cards
Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi by Shipu Wang
On December 8, 1941, artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) awoke to find himself branded an "enemy alien" by the U.S. government in the aftermath of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The historical crisis forced Kuniyoshi, an émigré Japanese with a distinguished career in American art, to rethink his pictorial strategies and to confront questions of loyalty, assimilation, national and racial identity that he had carefully avoided in his prewar art. As an immigrant who had proclaimed himself to be as "American as the next fellow," the realization of his now fractured and precarious status catalyzed the development of an emphatic and conscious identity construct that would underlie Kuniyoshi’s art and public image for the remainder of his life.
Drawing on previously unexamined primary sources, Becoming American? is the first scholarly book in over two decades to offer an in-depth and critical analysis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s pivotal works, including his "anti-Japan" posters and radio broadcasts for U.S. propaganda, and his coded and increasingly enigmatic paintings, within their historical contexts. Through the prism of an identity crisis, the book examines Kuniyoshi’s imagery and writings as vital means for him to engage, albeit often reluctantly and ambivalently, in discussions about American democracy and ideals at a time when racial and national origins were grounds for mass incarceration and discrimination. It is also among the first scholarly studies to investigate the activities of Americans of Japanese descent outside the internment camps and the intense pressures with which they had to deal in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.
As an art historical book, Becoming American? foregrounds broader historical debates of what constituted American art, a central preoccupation of Kuniyoshi’s artistic milieu. It illuminates the complicating factors of race, diasporas, and ideology in the construction of an American cultural identity. Timely and provocative, the book historicizes and elucidates the ways in which "minority" artists have been, and continue to be, both championed and marginalized for their cultural and ethnic "difference" within the twentieth-century American art canon.