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Calendar of Events — April 2014

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Private Tours of Collections

events/privatecollectionstour_3.JPG By appointment only, all month long

Upper Level President’s & Chairman’s Circle Members are invited to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the world’s largest collection of Japanese American artifacts. Your on-going support helps maintain this unique collection that chronicles over 130 years of Japanese American history.

Contact Charlien Church at or 213.830.5676 to reserve a personalized tour for you and 5 guests.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Japanese Sweets with Sonoko Sakai

events/daifuku.jpg Learn how to make classic and modern Japanese sweets, including anko (red bean paste), strawberry daifuku, and more. Bring an apron, kitchen knife, cutting board, kitchen towel, and two small containers.

$75 members, $85 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early; 20 participants max.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground_2_1_png_200x200_autocrop_q85_7.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, April 5, 2014
2:00 PM

Hanashi: Preserving the Story of Japanese American Service in the Forgotten War

events/Jeep38th.jpg Japanese American veterans will speak about their experiences in the Korean War. Lecture by Professor Kristine Dennehy followed by panel discussion with Korean War Veteran, Thomi Yamamoto and Richard Hawkins, Oral History Program Manager at the Go For Broke National Education Center. Q&A to follow discussion.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
4:00 PM

Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Arts in the World War II Internment Camps

events/hl_logo_059.jpg Premiere Promotional Screening

For over twenty years, executive producer Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto, a teacher and performer of the 13-stringed Japanese zither known as the koto, has researched the history of Japanese traditional performing arts as practiced in the camps. She tracked down, located, and interviewed both teachers and students from most of the ten main prison camps. Her fascination with the subject began after discovering that her mother, who taught her the koto, first learned the instrument as a child in the Topaz and Tule Lake camps. The mystery of how anyone could get the 6-foot long instrument into the camps when internees were only allowed to bring what they could carry sparked her quest to find out how Japanese Americans managed to carry on their art traditions under the watchtowers of the camps.

The cultural traditions that had always tied Japanese American immigrants to their faraway homeland, now came to serve as a solace during their wartime incarceration. In the vibrating strings of the koto and shamisen, the graceful moves of buyo and obon dance, the emotional release of shigin singing, or the stylized dramatics of kabuki and gidayu, an escape from the bleak predicament of the camps became possible, if only for a moment through these arts.

"I believe in this project because it does two great things," states filmmaker Joshua Fong. "One, it allows history to speak for itself from those who lived it, the last of whom are passing on; two, it tells the camp story from a fresh cultural perspective rather than the traditional political one. A culture's spirit lives in its art, and the flourishing of music, theater and dance in the camps is the best testament to how Japanese Americans, shouldered the ordeals of internment."
Sunday, April 6, 2014
2:00 PM

Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance by Karen Tei Yamashita

events/Anime-Wong.jpg Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance, written by Karen Tei Yamashita and edited by Stephen Hong Sohn, is a collection of performance texts dating back as early as 1990s to 2013. Yamashita, known for her numerous highly acclaimed novels including Tropic of Orange, Brazil-Maru, and I Hotel, traces her creative roots in theater.

This book gathers her artistic, humorous, and insightful stage materials that tackle identity, gender, and techno-orientalism, where Anna May Wong is transformed to Anime Wong, superstar of CyberAsia.

Live performances by Gary Gabisan and Juliet Wong.

Cosponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
Saturday, April 12, 2014

2014 Gala Dinner, Silent Auction & After Party

events/2014-GalaDinner-Evolving_Pastimes-600px.jpg Join us at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel & X Bar for another memorable evening as we celebrate pastimes in the Japanese American community that have become more than a game, but gave Japanese Americans a launching point for national recognition and prominence.

For sponsorship and ticket information, check or contact
Saturday, April 12, 2014
12:00 PM—1:00 PM

Tattoo and Kokeshi Book Signing with Manami Okazaki


Just in time for our Perseverance exhibition, author Manami Okazaki will be at JANM to sign her popular books, Wabori: Traditional Japanese Tattoos and Kokeshi: From Tohoku with Love.

Purchase Wabori and Kokeshi online or in-store.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_14_1_jpg_200x200_autocrop_q85_9.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, April 26, 2014
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Photographing Community with Robert A. Nakamura

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A workshop in preparation for A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America

Veteran filmmaker, photojournalist and teacher, Robert A. Nakamura will provide experienced guidance for photographers who are considering participating in the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center's A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America Project on May 10.

Discussion will include: How to organize a photo shoot; Selection of subject matter; Creating a story sequence; Analysis of classic documentary photographs and approaches.

Admission is free, but limited to the first 20 sign ups who register to
Saturday, April 26, 2014
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Boy's or Father's Day Cards

events/crafts-workshops-icon-green-orange-70px_jpg_100x100_autocrop_sharpen_q85_2.jpg Make special cards for Boy’s or Father’s Day! $9 members, $14 non-members, includes admission and supplies. RSVP early, 10 participants max.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00 PM


events/linsanity.jpg This documentary chronicles the career of Asian American basketball star Jeremy Lin. Lin, who came from a humble background, was a state high school champion as well as a coveted player in Harvard’s All-Ivy League team, yet was not drafted by the NBA. Linsanity delves into the story of his childhood, overcoming discouragements and racism, his faith, and his rise in the NBA. Directed by Evan Jackson Leong. Q&A with filmmakers to follow screening.



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