Japanese American National Museum
Special Events

2011 Gala Dinner & Silent Auction

Continuing Family Stories: The Expanding Nikkei Community

Saturday, April 16, 2011

5:30 PM – Silent Auction and Reception

7:00 PM – Dinner and Program

JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE

JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. LIVE

In the first 25 years of its existence, the Japanese American National Museum took on the challenge to preserve and share the history of the first Japanese immigrants and their descendants, a once much-neglected American story. While this task remains at the core of the Museum’s mission, the institution recognizes that the Nikkei community has become more diverse since the end of World War II and this history needs to be documented.

In 2011, the National Museum begins a new phase with its Gala Dinner and Silent Auction under the theme, Continuing Family Stories: The Expanding Nikkei Community. After World War II, Japanese Americans rebuilt their lives and expanded their communities. Joined by more recent immigrants from Japan, they went on to transform American culture through entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and creativity. From new first-generation immigrants to the Sansei (third-generation), they shared the same aspirations for their families in pursuing the American dream. ations for their families and their community.

The post-war contributions of Japanese Americans are symbolized by three diverse honorees who will be highlighted as part of the dinner program: Noritoshi Kanai, the Jane Aiko Yamano family, and Stan Sakai. Kanai and the Yamano family have pioneered different business ventures, advanced and shared cultural staples, and carried their own traditions through the generations. Sansei artist Stan Sakai will be recognized for having brought together popular cultural forms from Japan and America to create something new and powerful.

We invite you to participate in the National Museum’s Gala Dinner celebration. Click on the following links to download information about:

For acknowledgement in the invitation and/or Journal, submit Gala Dinner table sponsorships and Journal ads by February 1, 2011. Deadline for Silent Auction donations for recognition in the auction catalog is March 15, 2011.

The dress for this evening is black-tie optional. For more information about the Annual Dinner, email specialevents or call 213.830.5669.

Parking Information
Valet and self-parking available on West Road.
$20 Valet Parking (cash or credit card accepted)
$15 Self-Parking (cash or credit card accepted, must be validated at Dinner Registration)
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JW Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 only—$199 / night
Reservations can be made directly by calling the JW Marriott Hotel at 1.800.228.9290 or online at, enter group code “janjana” for special rate. Effective through March 28, 2011.

American Airlines
2011 Gala Dinner Platinum Sponsor
For special JANM fares, visit, or call 1.800.433.1790, for details. PROMO Code: 2941DK under Japanese American Nat Museum. No ticketing fee if purchased online.



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