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Calendar of Events — March 2017

All programs are free for JANM members and free 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. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). 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, March 4, 2017
12:30 PM

Performance—Residence Elsewhere

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In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons, East West Players Theatre for Youth has developed a special play exploring the effects of the World War II incarceration.

Free with museum admission. No RSVP necessary. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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

Free with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, March 4, 2017
1:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Hinamatsuri Cards

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In this hands-on workshop, make a Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) greeting card for your friends and family.

$12 members, $15 non-members. Supplies and admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
2:00 PM

Panel Discussion—The Women of Tuna Canyon Detention Station

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In honor of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station, JANM presents a special panel discussion highlighting the stories of women who were left behind as their husbands and fathers were imprisoned at Tuna Canyon. The event will include personal reflections on the era as well as readings by historians.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

Edible Adventures: Graze Little Tokyo

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On this culinary walking tour, explore the hidden corners of Little Tokyo and hear stories of the neighborhood’s past while sampling tasty dishes from its restaurants.

Food stops will include renowned mochi makers Fugetsu-Do, mochi ice cream inventors Mikawaya, and popular imagawayaki (red bean cake) seller Mitsuru Café, while neighborhood stops will include Union Church of Los Angeles/East West Players, Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin of Los Angeles, JACCC Plaza and James Irvine Japanese Garden, and Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, among others.

$28 members; $35 non-members. Museum admission and five food samplings included. Limited to 15 participants.

Saturday, March 11, 2017
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Upper Level Members' Reception: New Frontiers

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Upper level members are invited to join George Takei and exhibition curator Jeff Yang for an exclusive preview and reception. Invitations were mailed in January.

In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Exhibition Opening: New Frontiers

Public opening of the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Moving Day

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March 23 – August 11, 2017
Daily from sunset to midnight

In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, JANM presents Moving Day, an outdoor public art installation. The work consists of a series of projections of the Civilian Exclusion Orders that were publicly posted during World War II to inform persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal and incarceration.

On the evening of March 23, Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1—issued to residents of Bainbridge Island, WA, on March 24, 1942—will be projected onto the façade of the museum’s Historic Building, the site of Los Angeles’s first Buddhist temple and a pickup point for Japanese Americans bound for concentration camps during World War II. Subsequent exclusion orders will be projected on the dates coinciding with their original issue dates. The installation will end on August 11, the date of Civilian Exclusion Order No. 108 for Tulare County, CA.

For a schedule of related programs, visit janm.org/instructions-to-all/movingday.

 

Little Tokyo Service Center is a community partner and supporter of Moving Day.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
6:30 PM—7:30 PM

Moving Day program presented by JANM

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Tonight marks the beginning of Moving Day, on the eve of the original issue date for Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 (issued on March 24, 1942, to residents of Bainbridge Island, WA). Before the projection begins, join us for the first in a special series of public programs. Featured speakers are JANM volunteers Tohru Isobe and June Berk, both camp survivors, who will discuss what it was like to be forcibly removed from their homes as children. Discussion will be moderated by Clement Hanami, exhibition curator and Vice President of Operations/Art Director. Video clips from a 2013 visit to Bainbridge Island will also be shown.

For a complete schedule of Moving Day programs, visit janm.org/instructions-to-all/movingday.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading

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FREE

East West Players presents a reading of June is the First Fall, written by Yilong Liu and directed by Jeff Liu.

After a painful breakup, a Chinese American gay man returns home to Hawaii, where he must confront his sister, his father, and himself about an unspeakable past that separated them, and a tender family history that held them together. Inspired by a portrait of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to immigrate to the United States, the play explores love, loss, and the struggles of letting go of past wounds.

Yilong Liu’s work has been produced or developed at Kumu Kahua Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival, New York Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and Queens Theatre. Born and raised in Chongqing, China, Liu is the recipient of a 2016 playwriting scholarship from East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Writers Institute (DHHWI) in conjunction with Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre (APAFT).

Read our interview with playwright Yilong Liu about his play on the JANM blog.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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

$12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00 AM—4:30 PM

Discover Your Japanese American Roots

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This comprehensive workshop led by genealogy buff Chester Hashizume will teach you to identify your ancestral Japanese hometown, uncover the meanings behind family crests and surnames, learn about conducting research in Japan, and much more.

$44 members, $55 non-members. Materials and museum admission included. Limited to 16 participants.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
1:00 PM

Members Only Meet and Greet with Lon Kurashige

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Members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with author Lon Kurashige prior to the public discussion about his book, Two Faces of Exclusion: The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States.

Space is limited. RSVP by March 22 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Two Faces of Exclusion by Lon Kurashige

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From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, the United States has a long history of anti-Asian policies. In his latest book, author and USC Associate Professor of History Lon Kurashige demonstrates that despite widespread racism, Asian exclusion was not the product of an ongoing national consensus; it was a subject of fierce debate.

Two Faces of Exclusion examines the organized and well-funded opposition to discrimination that involved some of the most powerful public figures in American politics, business, religion, and academia. In recovering this opposition, Kurashige explains the rise and fall of exclusionist policies through an unstable and protracted political rivalry, arguing that exclusion-era policies were more than just enactments of racism—they were also catalysts for US-Asian cooperation and the basis for the 21st century’s tightly integrated Pacific world.

Join Kurashige for a stimulating discussion that will include a special focus on events leading up to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Available at the JANM Store.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Instructions to All Persons Teacher Workshop

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THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY

Friday, March 31 • 4 p.m.–8 p.m.

Saturday, April 1 • 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

You and your colleagues are invited to participate in a JANM teacher workshop! The two-day workshop will bring scholars, experts, and first-person voices to Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066.

Together we will gain a better understanding of how the current political climate impacts educators and students, and create lesson plans to facilitate self-guided student visits.

Stipends for classroom teachers ($250 per person, limited to 25 teachers) are available. Register now and help us spread the word!

This event has reached capacity, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please click on the link below and complete the form.

This workshop is made possible through the support of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

 

 

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