Calendar of Events — August 2012
All programs are free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
Advanced reservations are recommended for most programs as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. When making a reservation, email email@example.com or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.
NEW: For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is now required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or download the pre-payment form. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.
Common Ground Exhibition Tour
Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life by Diane C. Fujino
An iconic figure of the Asian American Movement, Richard Aoki (1938-2009) was also, as the most prominent non-black member of the Black Panther Party, a key architect of Afro-Asian solidarity in the 1960s and 70s. His life story exposes the personal side of political activism as it illuminates the history of ethnic nationalism and radical internationalism in America.
A reflection of this interconnection, Samurai among Panthers weaves together two narratives: Aoki’s dramatic first-person story and an interpretive history by a leading scholar of the Asian American Movement, Diane C. Fujino. Aoki’s candid account of himself takes us from his early years in Japanese American internment camps to his political education on the streets of Oakland to his emergence in the Black Panther Party. As his story unfolds, we see how his parents’ separation inside the camps and his father’s illegal activities shaped the development of Aoki’s politics. Fujino situates his life within the context of twentieth-century history—World War II, the Cold War, and the protests of the 1960s. She demonstrates how activism is both an accidental and an intentional endeavor, as well as how a militant activist practice can also promote participatory democracy and social service.
The result of these parallel voices and analysis in Samurai among Panthers is a complex—and sometimes contradictory—portrait of a singular extraordinary activist and an expansion and deepening of our understanding of the history he lived.
Diane C. Fujino is associate professor and chair of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her books about leading Asian American activists Yuri Kochiyama (Heartbeat of Struggle) and Fred Ho (Wicked Theory, Naked Practice) are published by the University of Minnesota Press.
14th Annual Summer Festival on the Courtyard: Japanese American Olympics
FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!
London will host the Summer Olympics but JANM will host the JA Olympics. Join us for fun Japanese American games for the whole family.
JA OLYMPIC COMPETITIONS:
Origami Design Contest Information
LOCATION: Weingart Gallery Foyer
AGE DIVISIONS: Child (under 13) and Adult (13+)
This year’s Summer Festival will feature an Origami Design Contest for kids and adults! Contestants are welcome to use the origami paper provided by the National Museum to create their original origami designs. No materials other than what we provide can be used in the contest.
HOW TO ENTER: Sign up and enter on the day of the Festival.
JUDGES: The Jury will consist of Meher McArthur, curator of Folding Paper: the Infinite Possibilities of Origami, Eric Nakamura, co-founder of Giant Robot, and Seku Fujino-Harmachis, Origami Enthusiast.
Awards for Children (must be 13 and under):
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the best overall designs
There will also be one category award:
1 Original origami award
Awards for Adults:
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the best overall designs
There will also be one category award:
1 Original origami award
- No glue, staples, tape, or any other kind of adhesive may be used to hold the origami piece together
- Entries may not be cut or torn
- One entry per person
- Entries must be made out of a single sheet of origami paper provided by the National Museum
- Entries must fit onto a 6”x 4” entry card
Japanese American Trivia Challenge
Date & Time: August 11, 1-2pm
Location: Tateuchi Democracy Forum
On-Site Registration: 12:30-12:50pm
Participate in the JA Trivia Challenge—a game show-style competition where contestants will compete for prizes based on their knowledge of Japanese Americans in sports. Our Discover Nikkei team has put together a fast-paced and highly interactive game with lots of audience participation and prizes!
The game will begin with a Selection Round in which all teams participate in a single-elimination round. The top 3 teams advance to play the next round, followed by a bonus round. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!
In addition to the main game, we will have trivia questions and prizes for anyone in the audience throughout the game!
HOW TO ENTER: Teams of 2 must check in between 12:30 – 12:50pm at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.
The top teams will receive their gold, silver, and bronze medals and prizes at the JA Olympics Medals ceremony at 4:30pm.
1st place team: $100 in gift certificates from the Museum Store
2nd place team: $50 in gift certificates from the Museum Store
3rd place team: $20 in gift certificates from the Museum Store
Jan Ken Po Tournament Information
DATE & TIME: August 11, 2-4pm
LOCATION: Aratani Central Hall
ON-SITE REGISTRATION: 11:00am – 1:00pm
ENTRY FEE: $5.00. Courtyard Kids - free entry.
AGE DIVISIONS: 3 divisions: 5-8, 9-12, 13+
Age Division 5-8: Single Elimination
All Other Age Divisions: Modified Single Elimination Style – First round winners continue on in the Winners Bracket and play until eliminated. First round losers go in the Consolation Bracket and play until eliminated.
*Winner of Winners Bracket and winner of Consolation Bracket will play to determine First and Second Places for the age division.
*Third Place will be determined by a playoff between the losers from the final round of the Winners and Consolation Brackets.
MATCH: Best 2 out of 3 wins
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS PER DIVISION: 64 per division
The game is played where the players substitute the three elements of Rock, Paper and Scissors with representative hand signals.
*Hand signals are delivered simultaneously by the players
*Outcome of play is determined by the following:
*Rock wins against Scissors
*Scissors wins against Paper
*Paper wins against Rock
AAJA-LA V3con Digital Media Conference
More information at twww.V3con.com
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
$9 Members; $14 non-members, includes Museum admission. Comfortable walking shoes and clothes recommended. Weather permitting.
Folding Paper Exhibition Tour