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Calendar of Events — October 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.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:00 PM

I Thought the Sun Was God by Masako Kimura Streling


In this moving memoir, Masako Kimura Streling details her painful childhood growing up in a poor Okinawan fishing village on the eve of World War II. Feeling that she was destined to make a difference, Streling embarked on a journey that took her across the Pacific Ocean and eventually led to spiritual redemption.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

Sixth Annual Kokoro Craft Boutique


10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko at 1 p.m.

Admission to JANM—“Pay What You Wish”

Organized by JANM volunteers, this boutique features over 50 vendors selling unique jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, handbags, ceramics, Giant Robot products, and more! Proceeds will benefit JANM’s education programs.

Purchase $10 worth of goods and receive same-day discounts of 10% at participating Little Tokyo restaurants.

For more information, email

Friday, October 10, 2014
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

VIP/Upper Level Members Opening Reception: Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty


JANM members at the Sustaining Level and above are invited to join Sanrio and the artists and curators for the VIP Opening of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hello! Exhibition Opening

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty opens to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Thursday, October 16, 2014
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers’s Gallery Reading of Washer/Dryer



JANM is pleased to host the East West Players’ reading of Washer/Dryer, an exciting new play by Nandita Shenoy.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
5:00 PM

Hello! Members Only Exhibition Tour with Co-curator Jamie Rivadeneira


Join Jamie Rivadeneira, founder of JapanLA and co-curator of Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, for this exclusive gallery tour.

Limited to 20 participants. RSVP to 213.830.5646 or

This event has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour


Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Admission to Common Ground: The Heart of Community included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:00 PM

Ch*nk, Dir. Stanley Yung

events/Chink-poster.jpg 6 p.m.: Pre-screening reception
7 p.m.: Film screening
8:30 p.m.: Q&A


To celebrate Halloween, JANM will screen Ch*nk, a horror feature about an Asian American serial killer. The film was written and produced by JANM Vice President of Programs Koji Steven Sakai. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

There will be a pre-screening reception with drinks and light refreshments. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Guests are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. No masks or weapons.

Click here to watch a trailer of the film>>
The film is not rated and contains graphic images, violence and strong language.


Stanley Yung (DIRECTOR)
Stanley Yung grew up loving movies. Some of his earliest memories are of watching double features at revival houses with his parents in San Francisco. A graduate of UCLA Film School, Yung’s thesis project World of Longing was featured at the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Asian American International Film Festival. He went on to work for Roger Corman’s “School of Film” at Concorde/New Horizons Studio. Following in the footsteps of idols like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, Yung labored behind the scenes of numerous B-movie classics and worked his way up from production assistant to director in just 18 months. He directed The Fabulous Miss Wendy’s music video “Crazy Fucked Up Bitch,” second unit directing for SyFy’s “Black Scorpion” television series, and co-directed the feature Sting of the Black Scorpion. Chink is his feature directorial debut.

Koji Steven Sakai (WRITER/PRODUCER)
Koji Steven Sakai is a graduate of USC’s Master’s of Professional Writing program. His first film, Haunted Highway, co-written with Naoko Ihara Witmer and director Junichi Suzuki, was distributed by Lions Gate DVD. Sakai also wrote and produced The People I Slept With, a feature romantic comedy directed by Quentin Lee and starring Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, Archie Kao, and James Shigeta. The People I’ve Slept With premiered in the fall of 2009 and has played at the São Paulo International Film Festival and the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan, among other prestigious festivals. Sakai also contributed a story, “Meet Joe,” to Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology, the first graphic anthology written, drawn, and about Asian Americans.

Quentin Lee (PRODUCER)
Born in Hong Kong, Quentin Lee immigrated to Montreal, Canada before going on to study literature at UC Berkeley and Yale and film production/directing at UCLA. Starting out as an experimental video maker, his early shorts screened at over 20 film festivals domestically and internationally. Lee has also published a novel, Dress Like a Boy, based on his last year of college at Berkeley. His first feature, Shopping for Fangs, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival as part of Perspective Canada in 1997. He is currently working on a graphic novel, Campus Ghost Story, with artist John Hahn, and a horror thriller, Rigor Mortis, to be shot in Hong Kong. Lee has produced every feature he has directed.

Reception sponsored by Kirin Brewery of America LLC.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello Kitty Con 2014


October 30–November 2
At the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Sanrio presents the first-ever official Hello Kitty convention! Fans from all over the world will converge for the ultimate Hello Kitty experience. Hello Kitty Con ticket holders get same-day free admission to Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit

During Hello Kitty Con, you must have a valid convention ticket for same-day entry to the museum. The museum will not be open to members or the general public.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty



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