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Calendar of Events — October 2013

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 rsvp@janm.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.

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, October 5, 2013
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

5th Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique

events/KOKORO-FOR-WEB.jpg Enjoy the popular showcase of unique, handcrafted merchandise. Proceeds to benefit JANM’s educational programs. Free Boutique admission; free Museum admission with a $10 minimum Boutique purchase plus discounts at participating Little Tokyo restaurants (October 5 only).
Saturday, October 5, 2013
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground_2_1_png_200x200_autocrop_q85_1.jpg Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with our knowledgeable Museum docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, October 5, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_3.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, October 5, 2013
2:00 PM

The Celtic Samurai: A Boy's Transcultural Journey by Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

events/Celtic-Samurai.jpg Dr. Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu’s The Celtic Samurai: A Boy’s Transcultural Journey is a multi-media storytelling that illuminates the life of a boy born into a world torn by interracial and international hostilities. This educational performance will discuss multicultural and transnational family experiences.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
5:30 PM

Members Gallery Talk: Marvels & Monsters

events/jeff_wnyc.jpg Special insight into the creation of Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942 – 1986 will be shared by exhibition curator Jeff Yang during the Members Gallery Talk right before the Preview Reception on Thursday, October 10.

RSVP by October 9 to specialevents@janm.org or 213.625.0414 x 2222.

Read the full blog article here!

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 PM—9:30 PM

Preview Reception for Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986

Join us for a special preview, the “Marvels & Monsters: Unbound” Showcase, and reception to celebrate the opening of the Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 exhibition.

Hosted by the JANM Young Professionals Network.

To RSVP, contact specialevents@janm.org or 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Exhibition Opening

events/marvels-monsters-signature-500px.jpg Join us for the opening of Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Zap, Pow, Bam!

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Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Marvels & Monsters and draw yourself into the picture with comics-themed crafts & activities!

SCHEDULE:

11AM – 2PM: Join Kidding Around the Kitchen for an assemble-it-yourself popcorn snack to enjoy while watching fabulous vintage Japanese anime.

11:30AM: Curator Jeff Yang will guide families of all ages in a gallery talk of the Marvels and Monsters exhibition that is sure to keep even the little ones engaged.

12PM – 3PM: Turn yourself into a comic-book character with a caricature drawn by Cartoon Slinger (for children only, line ends at 2:30pm).

12PM & 2:30PM: Join curator Jeff Yang and artists Jeremy Arambulo and A.L. Baroza for “Build a Hero” (12pm) and “Build a Villain” (2:30pm)—interactive events where they’ll lead the audience in collaboratively creating an ORIGINAL comic book super-character who’ll be drawn in real time by comic artists from the SECRET IDENTITIES and SHATTERED anthologies! Book signing to follow each session.

1PM – 2PM: "Our American Voice—a special two-person show exploring six diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans—will be performed in the I Want The Wide American Earth exhibition gallery. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

1PM – 4PM: Team up with your buddies to take down villains in superhero video games brought to you by GameTruck.


ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

• Sit back and enjoy vintage Japanese anime at its earliest roots from the 1920s and 1930s.
• It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s…you! Decorate a super-stylin’ superhero cape.
• Keep your secret identity hidden by making a superhero mask.
• After you create your superhero costume, capture yourself in action at the complimentary photo booth!
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Come make a baby pterodactyl.

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

Check out our other fun and free Family Festivals!

Saturday, October 12, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_4.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Sunday, October 13, 2013
2:00 PM

Voices From the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i by Dr. Franklin Odo

events/voices_from_the_canefields.jpeg Japanese immigrant laborers comprised the majority of Hawaiian sugar plantation workers after their large-scale importation as contract workers in 1885. They composed unique folk songs called holehole bushi which merged melodies with lyrics about work, life, and the global connection which they clearly perceived after arriving.

While many are songs of lamentation, others reflect a rapid adaptation to a new society in which other ethnic groups were arranged in untidy hierarchical order - the origins of a unique multicultural social order dominated by an oligarchy of white planters.

In Voices From the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i, Dr. Franklin Odo situates over 200 translated songs in their unexplored historical context.

Read our interview with Dr. Franklin Odo on Discover Nikkei>>
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
7:00 PM

Asian Americans in the Media

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Click here to register

Despite breakthroughs in casting and writing for characters and actors of color, biased images and portrayals still exist that perpetuate negative stereotypes. A panel of leading actors and critics examine the images of Asians in film and on TV. Q&A to follow.

Panelist Biographies:

David Ono Emmy award winning journalist, Ono is co-anchor of ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm. Ono has built a reputation as one of the leading Asian American males in the industry.

Parvesh Cheena A musical theater graduate from the Chicago School of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Cheena is best known for playing Gupta on NBC's sitcom Outsourced. He is a veteran of TV and film and can also be found doing improv around LA.

Gina Nahai Best-selling author and a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, Nahai’s novel Caspian Rain was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and her works have been translated into 18 languages.

Koji Steven Sakai American screenwriter and producer Sakai’s latest film Chink is the first Asian American serial killer film, and made its debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Sakai is the Manager of Programs for the Japanese American National Museum.

Sponsored by Julie Tseng.

Presented in collaboration with the Asian Jewish Initiative of the Anti-Defamation League.

The Asian Jewish Initiative was founded by ADL in December 2006 as a partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans to advance alliances and partnerships between Asian and Jewish communities through constructive dialogue, exploration of common ground, joint community projects, and coalition building.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights organizations, fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. ADL celebrates its Centennial in 2013 with the theme Imagine a World Without Hate™.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
7:30 PM

East West Players Presents a Writers Gallery Reading of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park

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EWP and JANM proudly present the Writers Gallery reading of

HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO
by Jiehae Park
directed by Jennifer Chang

Inside the FedEx box are two things: a 100% bona-fide-heart’s-desire-level wish and a suicide note. Hannah tracks the package back to Seoul, where her grandmother recently jumped from the roof of her retirement home onto the wrong side of the Demilitarized Zone. They'll need North Korea's permission to retrieve the body, but Kim Jong Il just kicked the bucket, and things in the DMZ are even stranger than they seem.

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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Jiehae Park is a playwright and performer in NYC. She is the 2013-14 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow, as well as a current Dramatists Guild Fellow and member of the Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab. Her second full-length, HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO, won the 2013 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers and was developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Ojai Playwrights Conference. The script was also a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and Abingdon’s Chris Wolk Award. Her first play (and undergrad thesis), HAPPY MOON DAY, HOLLY WOO, was a finalist for the Wolk Award and placed third in the East West Players/Irvine Foundation's GOT LAUGHS competition. She served two years as co-artistic director of title3, a Los Angeles company dedicated to new works by women, and has been a mentor for the O'Neill's Young Playwrights Festival. Proud member: Ma Yi Writers Lab, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. As a performer: NYTW, La Jolla Playhouse, Collection of Shiny Objects, Studio Theatre 2ndStage (DC), Young Playwrights Theatre (DC), REDCAT (LA). MFA (acting), UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse and BA (general theater shenanigans), Amherst College.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Jennifer Chang's recent work includes Lady Windermere's Fan (LA Weekly Pick of the Week), Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Ovation Nomination: Best Ensemble), and will be directing Fortinbras by Lee Blessing at the USC School of Dramatic Arts in the Spring of 2014. She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director for the award-winning Chalk Repertory Theatre (Ovation Award, Best of LA 2013 - LA Weekly). As an actor, she has been on stages across the US, from our local EWP and South Coast Rep to theatres in New York City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia etc. She has appeared in numerous national commercials, Indie Films, and TV shows like Two and a Half Men, Parenthood, NCIS:LA, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, amongst others. Jennifer Chang received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from the UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse program.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
10:00 AM—2:30 PM

Discovering Your Japanese American Roots with Chester Hashizume

events/Chester_Hashizume_Picture_1.jpg A comprehensive workshop covering genealogy basics such as getting started, identifying your ancestral Japanese hometown, obtaining and utilizing family documents, and determining the meaning behind surnames and family crests--all the tools you need to discover your roots. $45 for members and $55 for non-members, includes materials and Museum admission. RSVP early, 10 students max.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_5.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, October 19, 2013
1:00 PM—2:30 PM

CANCELLED Sogetsu Ikebana Workshop with Mikiko Ideno

events/Ikebana100_1_2_jpg_200x200_autocrop_q85_1.jpg Ikebana (“living flower”) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Sogetsu Ikebana is a three dimensional artistic expression composed of flower and plant material arranged in a container. This workshop will introduce students to the basic technique and style that is the foundation of many Ikebana arrangements. $30 members; $35 non-members, includes admission, flowers, & supply rental. RSVP early, 10 students max.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
1:00 PM

Meet and Greet with Author & Artist Lela Lee

events/lela_lee-377R.jpg Members are invited to an exclusive opportunity to meet and talk with Lela Lee before her lecture and book signing. RSVP required to specialevents@janm.org or (213) 625-0414 x2222.

Saturday, October 19, 2013
2:00 PM

A Conversation with Lela Lee

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Lela Lee, author and artist of the comic book series, Angry Little Girls, will discuss her comics and their impact on Asian Americans and beyond.

Purchase the Angry Little Girls books from the Museum Store >>

Saturday, October 26, 2013
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_14_1_jpg_200x200_autocrop_q85_1.jpg Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with Museum docents. $9 Members; $14 non-members, includes admission. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
1:00 PM—2:00 PM

Gallery Performance: Our American Voice

events/OAV-PROGRAM_6.jpg A two-person show exploring the diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players.

By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Jennifer Chang

Set Design by Clement Hanami
Sound Design by Howard Ho
Costume Design by Nancy Wei
Prop Master Ayaka Ohwaki
Stage Manager – Olivia Wafler

CAST
Traci Kato-Kiriyama
Johnny Kwon

Saturday, October 26, 2013
2:00 PM

The Untold Story: The Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i

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Produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, The Untold Story is the first full-length documentary to chronicle the internment experience of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i. Q&A with filmmakers to follow screening.

Read an article by director Ryan Kawamoto about the film on Discover Nikkei >>

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Exhibition Closing

events/wide-american-earth-signature-150px.jpg I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story closes.

Sunday, October 27, 2013
2:00 PM

Carlos Bulosan: The Writer Is Also a Citizen

events/bulosan_photo.jpg FREE

Poet, novelist, essayist, fiction writer, and labor organizer Carlos Bulosan (1913-1956) left the Philippines at age 17 to look for work in the United States. What he found was racism, low-paying jobs, and a brilliant and unexpected literary career. In conjunction with the closing of the banner exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story, whose title is taken from one of Bulosan's poems, five Filipino-American writers–including poet Barbara Jane Reyes (Diwata, For the City That Nearly Broke Me) and playwright and novelist Noёl Alumit (Letters to Montgomery Clift)–will read from Bulosan's diverse body of work and from their own in celebration of the centenary of this seminal writer, worker, and citizen.

Also featuring Rachelle Cruz, Giovanni Ortega, and Chris Santiago.

 

 

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