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Calendar of Events — December 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.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Exhibition Tour

events/commonground100_11.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with experienced docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, December 3, 2011
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

My Grandmother's House & Native American Storytelling

events/Loren100.jpg Native American storyteller, Loren Russell, tells how a Japanese American Concentration Camp on his Reservation made an impact in the lives of his people.

Sunday, December 4, 2011
2:00 PM

Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980: Visual Communications

Location: Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street, LA 90012, 213.617.1033

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$10 general, $6 students/seniors, free for Filmforum, Visual Communications , and Japanese American National Museum members. Tickets can be purchased here.

In the course of media art in Los Angeles, the late 1960s and 1970s brought a rise in the possibilities of media access for minority groups that generally did not have access to the tools of cinema or control of how they were presented in mass media. Much of this critical work came out of the EthnoCommunications program at UCLA, formed in 1968, which worked to bring in African American, Asian American, Chicano, and Native American students. The remarkable work of the African American students is the focus of the L.A. Rebellion series at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, also part of Pacific Standard Time. This program highlights the documentary-focused early years of Visual Communications (VC), an organization created by a group of visionary Asian American filmmakers, educators, and activists from the EthnoCommunications program.

VC’s founders — Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong — incorporated the organization in 1970 on the heels of a groundbreaking photographic exhibition about Japanese American internment assembled by Nakamura and Ohashi entitled "America's Concentration Camps." (The modular exhibit, popularly referred to as "The Cubes Exhibit," is currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum as part of their show “Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles.”) The foursome envisioned Visual Communications as a filmmakers' collective that sought to re-represent the history and culture of Asian Pacific Americans, use media for social change, and train future generations of Asian Pacific American filmmakers. The first such organization in the United States, VC continues to engage in community-based filmmaking through training, education and filmmaker support initiatives, public screening and exhibitions programs including the annual Los Angeles Asian-Pacific Film Festival, and film/video preservation activities. VC is also home to one of the largest repositories of photographic and moving image archives on the Asian Pacific experience in America.

In person: Robert Nakamura, Eddie Wong, Duane Kubo, and Alan Kondo!

Co-presented by the Japanese American National Museum

Saturday, December 10, 2011
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___13.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 10, 2011
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturday: That’s a Wrap

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Delight in a day of family fun! Learn the amazing art of origami! Keep checking back for more information!

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


  • Learn how to make an origami frog and see how far it can jump!

  • Design your own wrapping paper to wrap up something special

  • Make winter weather in Los Angeles with paper snowflakes

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Star light, star bright…come learn how to make an origami pop-up star


    Please Note: All workshops will be first come, first serve. Please sign up at the membership table when you arrive.
    11AM – Doors open

    11AM – 4PM – Drop in origami class

    12:30PM – Basic kid-friendly origami workshop with Vicky Mihara Avery (7 years or older, limit 20 students)

    1 – 4PM – Kidding Around the Kitchen will teach you how to make your own “fruit leather pouches” with a fun healthy filling

    2PM – Japanese gift-wrapping workshop with Vicky Mihara Avery (7 years up, limit 20 students)

    3:30PM – Furoshiki workshop with Vicky Mihara Avery (7 years or older, limit 20 students)

    4PM – Doors close

    Vicky Mihara Avery
    Vicky Mihara Avery is the third-generation in her family to promote and share the experience of Japanese paper crafts. Vicky has been an invited lecturer and instructor at museums, festivals, and origami conferences across the country, and has made guest appearances on the Martha Stewart Show and the Carol Duvall Show.

    Vicky’s DVDs, Origami Fun for Kids and Origami Fun for Kids, Too! are currently being sold at the Museum Store.

    Kidding Around The Kitchen
    Kidding Around the Kitchen (KATK) brings a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson 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 seen in their raw form.

    For more information on Kidding Around the Kitchen,

    January 8: Oshogatsu Family Festival

    February 11: Ready, Set, Go! (Theme: Healthy Living)

    March 10: Folding Paper!

    April 14: Monster Mash!

    Saturday, December 10, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Gallery Walk Through & Book Signing with Patrick Nagatani

    events/Patrick-Nagatani-100px.jpg FREE!
    Take a tour of the exhibition Desire for Magic:Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008 with the artist.

    In conjunction with the exhibition Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani
    Saturday, December 17, 2011
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Drawing the Line: Panel Discussion

    FREE! Hear from an exciting array of artists from our temporary exhibition Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles. Panelists: Nancy Uyemura, Linda Nishio, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Mike Murase.

    This program is generously sponsored by California Community Foundation, The Getty Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Aratani CARE grant, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA.

    Saturday, December 24, 2011
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___14.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.



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