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Calendar of Events — May 2017

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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Moving Day


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. Each projection will coincide with the 75th anniversary date of the specific exclusion order. Projections will take place on the facade 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.

For a schedule of related programs, visit

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

2017 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction


Reconnecting with the Past, Forging Our Future

   Irene Hirano Inouye, Lifetime Achievement Award
   Bruce T. Kaji, Legacy Award
   Tom Ikeda, Founders’ Award

Join us for the 2017 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles on Saturday, May 6.

Reconnecting with the Past, Forging Our Future will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Japanese American National Museum opening its doors to the public by looking back at key visionary individuals and foundations that have provided support for JANM, especially in its early days. The evening will also articulate the museum’s role in today’s complex world in which civil rights and social justice are still not equal for all, and how JANM sees itself continuing to effect positive change 75 years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, ultimately leading to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

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Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


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
Thursday, May 11, 2017
7:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—K-TOWN ’92 Reporters: Who Gets to Tell the Story?


K-TOWN ’92 Reporters was produced by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee as part of, an interactive web archive that explores the 1992 Los Angeles Riots through the lens of greater Koreatown. With a mix of archival news footage, new interviews, and other media, invites users to create their own unique documentary experience and to hear poignant stories that were overlooked by the media coverage of the day.

Join us for a screening of Lee’s film followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker; John Lee, former Los Angeles Times reporter; Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times reporter; and Joanne Griffith, senior editor at Marketplace Weekend. Moderated by Oliver Wang, Associate Professor of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach.

RSVP required at

Co-presented with Asian American Journalist Association-Los Angeles and PBS SoCal.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Member Appreciation Days


Friday–Sunday, May 12–14, 2017

JANM members always enjoy a 10% store discount and free admission to JANM. On this special weekend, take advantage of a 20% discount at the JANM Store and, plus free admission and a 20% store discount at 14 other participating Southern California institutions—including California Science Center, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Fowler Museum at UCLA, and Skirball Cultural Center

Visit for details, restrictions, and a complete list of participants.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Citron Trunk Show



Citron Clothing creates elegant, timeless apparel for all body types using the finest fabrics, artisanal techniques from around the world, and vintage motifs sourced from Asia and Europe.

On the day before Mother’s Day, bring Mom in to peruse these wearable works of art!

Does not include admission to the museum.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:00 AM—12:30 PM

Members Only—Intersecting Identities: LGBTQ Focus


JANM presents a new series of panel discussions designed to break down barriers to social understanding. In conjunction with New Frontiers, today’s panel features three members of the LGBTQ community who will share their personal experiences and perspectives. Moderated by Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Loyola Marymount University.

Space is limited; RSVP by May 8 to or 213.830.5646.


In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Floral Cards


Learn to make a floral card, just in time for Mother’s Day.

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Relocating Authority by Mira Shimabukuro


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


Relocating Authority: Japanese Americans Writing to Redress Mass Incarceration examines the ways Japanese Americans have continually used writing to respond to the circumstances of their community’s mass imprisonment during World War II. It highlights literacy’s enduring potential to participate in social change and assist an imprisoned people in relocating authority away from their captors and back to their community and themselves. Using both Nikkei cultural frameworks and community-specific history for inspiration and guidance, author Mira Shimabukuro shows how writing was used privately and publicly to individually survive and collectively resist the conditions of incarceration.

Join author Mira Shimabukuro for a stimulating talk moderated by Dr. Thomas Fujita-Rony, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, CSU Fullerton.

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

Co-sponsored by the Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center.

Available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with author Mira Shimabukuro about Relocating Authority on Discover Nikkei.

Read a review of Relocating Authority by Arthur A. Hansen on Discover Nikkei.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:00 PM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Instructions to All Persons


Join John Esaki, Director of JANM’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, for an in-depth gallery tour of Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066.

Limited to 25 members. RSVP to or 213.830.5646.

Members are encouraged to stay after the tour for the Moving Day program.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:30 PM—7:30 PM

Moving Day program presented by JANM


Each night through August 11, from sunset to midnight, Moving Day presents outdoor projections of Civilian Exclusion Order posters, which were issued during World War II to inform persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal and incarceration. The date of each projection will coincide with the original issue date of the order being projected. Projections take place on the façade of the museum’s Historic Building, the site of Los Angeles’ first Buddhist temple and a pickup point for Japanese Americans bound for concentration camps during World War II.

During the run of Moving Day, JANM and several community partners will present a series of dialogues and events grappling with the legacy of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. Tonight, before the Moving Day projection begins, join us for a special public program in honor of APA Heritage Month.

The focus of the program will be allyship between Muslim Americans and Japanese Americans, two immigrant communities who have faced and now face similar struggles. Join artists and activists Kathy Masaoka, Sahar Pirzada, Taz Ahmed, traci ishigo, and traci kato-kiriyama for a riveting hour of performance, poetry, and an audience discussion led by Naomi Hirahara. We will consider the critical role that art and storytelling play in the work of building community while involving the audience in the creative process.

For a complete schedule of Moving Day programs, visit

Saturday, May 20, 2017
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Reconstructing Memories: An Art Workshop with Mike Saijo


In conjunction with Instructions to All Persons, exhibiting artist Mike Saijo will lead this daylong drop-in workshop exploring our connections to history and current events. Photographs of participants will be printed onto pages that they choose from local newspapers and then mounted on wood panels for them to take home.

Guests may come and go as they please, but limit is 16 at any given time. No reservations necessary; first 100 people, or while supplies last. Free with museum admission. Recommended for all ages. Activity takes about an hour.

Read our interview with Mike Saijo about his art on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
12:00 PM

Legacy Society Tea


Each year, JANM hosts an exclusive luncheon for the Legacy Society, a group of donors who have included JANM in their will or other estate documents. This year’s event features noted author and law professor Lorraine K. Bannai, who will speak about her work on the landmark Korematsu v. United States coram nobis case. Invitations will be mailed in April.

To find out more about the Legacy Society, visit or contact Charlien Church at 213.830.5676 or

Thursday, May 25, 2017
7:00 PM

Media Coverage of the Japanese American Incarceration and its Lessons for the Trump Era


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.



Join Los Angeles Times publisher Davan Maharaj, author and journalist Richard Reeves, author and former Rafu Shimpo editor Naomi Hirahara, and others for a lecture and roundtable discussion on the media’s mistakes during the public hysteria generated by the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the lessons learned for our times.

Space is limited. This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Co-sponsored by Asian American Journalists Association and the Los Angeles Times.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
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. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting



The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

To RSVP or for more information, email or visit the Facebook page at Limited to 35 participants.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
2:00 PM

Staged Reading—Nisei


Created by Richard Allen and Eliot John Hagen and developed with the assistance of Koji Steven Sakai and Tim Southam, Nisei is a new TV pilot that follows Kenji Takagi, veteran of the WWII 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and his family after they’re released from the Tule Lake concentration camp in 1946.

Join us for a staged reading in advance of the pilot’s production. Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Learn more about the pilot and its characters on Discover Nikkei.



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