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Calendar of Events — June 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.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival aims to be an uproarious three-day comedy free-for-all that will have audiences rolling in the aisles as it showcases the funniest work of comedic performers, directors and writers from around the globe.

Besides showing a bunch of rib-tickling films, COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival will feature hysterical performances by stand-up comedians, surprise celebrity appearances and a rocking opening night party. There will also be a closing night ceremony where COMEDY NINJA HIYAH! Awards will be handed out in all categories, a screenplay competition and much more!

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival is being presented by seasoned filmmakers Quentin Lee (White Frog) and Chuck Parello (Ed Gein). Veterans of many film festivals themselves, Lee and Parello are looking to provide an unpretentious and memorably fun event for filmmakers that will allow them to network with industry insiders as their gut-busting work is shown on a big screen to an appreciative audience. About COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival Quentin Lee states, “We want to celebrate the things that make people laugh the hardest, to show distinctively hilarious films from distinctively off-the-wall perspectives. This festival will be all about comedy with a kung fu kick.”

Check for more info.

Saturday, June 7, 2014
11:00 AM—1:30 PM

Flower Lei Making Workshop

events/photo_courtesy_of_Aloha_Island_Lei.jpg Learn how to make something special for summer graduations, birthdays, and anniversaries and spread the aloha spirit in this fresh flower lei making workshop! You'll learn a little about the history of lei making in Hawaii and techniques to make your own single and double carnation lei.

For ages 12+. $38 members; $45 non-members, incl. admission and materials. RSVP early, 10 participants max. Includes 30 min break.

Signups will be taken until Thursday, June 5th at 5pm.

Photo courtesy of Aloha Island Lei.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground_2_1_png_200x200_autocrop_q85_9.jpg Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with our knowledgeable Museum docents.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00 AM—9:00 PM

Mixed Remixed Festival

events/MIXED-REMIXED-logo.jpg FREE!

An exciting new festival, the Mixed Remixed Festival brings together film and book lovers to celebrate stories of multiracial, mixed and hapa individuals with workshops, readings, film screenings and live performances for the largest West Coast celebration of Loving Day.

Check for details. #mixedremixed
Saturday, June 14, 2014
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Imagination Storytime



Transport yourself into magical and faraway worlds through storybook readings and exciting performances!

Come dressed as your favorite storybook character and receive a prize! (see below for rules)



  • If you could build an imaginary place to live, what would it look like? Get creative with our construction materials and create your own dream home!

  • Make and decorate a secret “book” to hide your treasures.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Make a Father’s Day card with Ruthie!

  • Help us write a silly and unique tale at our community storytelling corner.

  • Book Swap: Bring a book to donate and take one of ours with you.

  • Relax in the Book Lounge and read from a selection of children’s books.



    12 p.m.: JANM staff members read from Marissa Moss’s Barbed Wire Baseball.

    12:15 p.m.: Brian Won reads from his book, Hooray for Hat!

    12:30 p.m.: Interactive reading of the classic Japanese tale Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, with JANM volunteer Rodney Kageyama.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Live storybook characters will be on-hand for mingling and picture taking.

    1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Have your picture taken (while film supplies last) and share a story about your name. Submissions will be published on the Discover Nikkei website in conjunction with the Nikkei Names stories project. For more details, please visit:

    2 p.m.: Katie Yamasaki reads from her book, Fish for Jimmy: Inspired by One Family’s Experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp.

    2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m.: Join Claire Mills for two unique performances that blend classic folk tales, popular songs, and interactive costumes.

    3 p.m.: Loriene Honda reads from her book, The Cat Who Chose to Dream.


    *Prizes will be given while supplies last. Costumes with masks, sharp objects, toy guns, or other weapons are not allowed.


    Sponsored by Target.

    Check out our other fun and free Family Festivals!

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    2014 V3 Digital Media Conference

    events/v3_logo.jpg In this 2-day conference, V3con will highlight and expand multi-platform Asian and Pacific Islander American communications by gathering online journalists, creative social media communicators, seasoned bloggers, and those interested in engaging on digital platforms for interactive panels and workshops.

    JANM members receive discounted registration. Visit to register.

    Presented by the Asian American Journalists Association-Los Angeles Chapter (AAJA-LA).
    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    2014 V3 Digital Media Conference

    events/v3_logo_jpg_100x100_autocrop_sharpen_q85_1.jpg In this 2-day conference, V3con will highlight and expand multi-platform Asian and Pacific Islander American communications by gathering online journalists, creative social media communicators, seasoned bloggers, and those interested in engaging on digital platforms for interactive panels and workshops.

    JANM members receive discounted registration. Visit to register.

    Presented by the Asian American Journalists Association-Los Angeles Chapter (AAJA-LA).
    Saturday, June 21, 2014
    11:30 AM

    Perseverance Gallery Talk

    Join Perseverance photographer/designer Kip Fulbeck and curator Takahiro Kitamura as they lead a gallery tour with special insight on the exhibition. RSVP early, 30 participants max.

    Read an article about curator Takahiro Kitamura on Discover Nikkei>>

    Read about photographer/designer Kip Fulbeck on Discover Nikkei>>

    Saturday, June 28, 2014
    10:00 AM—12:00 PM

    Discover Nikkei Writing Workshop: Nikkei Names–Taro, John, Juan, João?



    What’s in a name? Discover Nikkei, a project of JANM, offers a free writing workshop to help you tell the rich stories hidden in your family name, your given name, and even your nickname.

    Participants will be encouraged to submit their creations to the Discover Nikkei website for inclusion in the Nikkei Names story collection. Submissions accepted June 1 – October 31, 2014. Additional free workshops in San Jose, Chicago, Seattle, and other locations will be conducted in conjunction with this special project.

    For more information, visit To RSVP for the workshops, please email to with your name, and the date and location of the workshop.

    For more details about the workshop >>

    Saturday, June 28, 2014
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

    events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_14_1_jpg_200x200_autocrop_q85_11.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, June 28, 2014
    11:30 AM—4:30 PM

    Indigo and Shibori in the 21st Century with Shibori Girl

    events/indigo_JAMN.jpeg Enjoy this 2-day workshop of indigo dyeing with a focus on learning how different textiles take to the dye. Your material kit, provided by instructor, will include many types of vintage kimono silks as well as cotton, bamboo, hemp, and other natural fibers. Many shibori techniques will be explored. Samples, books and videos will be on hand to inspire your indigo creativity!

    $70 members; $90 non-members. Addit. $40 material fee (cash only) due to instructor at beginning of class. Bring rubber gloves, sewing pins & scissors. RSVP early; 20 participants max.
    Saturday, June 28, 2014
    2:00 PM

    When Half is Whole by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu


    "I listen and gather people's stories. Then I write them down in a way that I hope will communicate something to others, so that seeing these stories will give readers something of value. I tell myself that this isn't going to be done unless I do it, just because of who I am. It's a way of making my mark, leaving something behind...not that I'm planning on going anywhere right now."

    So explains Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu in this touching, introspective, and insightful examination of mixed race Asian American experiences. The son of an Irish American father and Japanese mother, Murphy-Shigematsu uses his personal journey of identity exploration and discovery of his diverse roots to illuminate the journeys of others. Throughout the book, his reflections are interspersed among portraits of persons of biracial and mixed ethnicity and accounts of their efforts to answer a seemingly simple question: Who am I?

    Here we meet Norma, raised in postwar Japan, the daughter of a Japanese woman and an American serviceman, who struggled to make sense of her ethnic heritage and national belonging. Wei Ming, born in Australia and raised in the San Francisco of the 1970s and 1980s, grapples as well with issues of identity, in her case both ethnic and sexual. We also encounter Rudy, a "Mexipino"; Marshall, a "Jewish, adopted Korean"; Mitzi, a "Blackinawan"; and other extraordinary people who find how connecting to all parts of themselves also connects them to others.

    With its attention on people who have been regarded as "half" this or "half" that throughout their lives, these stories make vivid the process of becoming whole.

    Purchase When Half is Whole from the JANM Store >>

    Read a book review of When Half is Whole >>

    Articles Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu contributed to Discover Nikkei >>



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