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Calendar of Events — February 2018

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 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, February 3, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Shibori Mandalas Workshop

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Saturday–Sunday, February 3–4
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Explore the endless possibilities of mandalas in this contemporary shibori workshop, in which you’ll use colorful dyes to create eye-catching patterns for pillows, quilts, and other projects.

Please wear studio clothing and bring rubber gloves, scissors, and a seam ripper. All other materials will be provided.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 3, 2018
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.

Included with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:00 AM—2:00 PM

CANCELLED: Edible Adventures: Little Tokyo Markets, Then and Now

THIS TOUR HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Please check back for updates.

Explore the history and foods of the markets of Downtown Los Angeles, from the Little Tokyo neighborhood markets to the bustling Grand Central Market.

$40 members, $50 non-members; lunch and museum admission included. Limited to 15 participants.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Recorrido a Pie por Little Tokyo en Español

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Learn about Little Tokyo and its history on this special walking tour conducted in Spanish by a JANM volunteer.

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

Read an interview with Monica Cruz, the docent who will be leading the tour.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
1:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Konrad Aderer

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All members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with filmmaker Konrad Aderer prior to the public screening and discussion about his film, Resistance at Tule Lake.

Space is limited. RSVP by February 6 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

In the Yuki Family Board Room

Saturday, February 10, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Resistance at Tule Lake

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This new documentary from director/producer Konrad Aderer tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the US government’s program of mass incarceration during World War II. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, the film challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime “loyalty.” Panel with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

You can read two interviews with Konrad Aderer about his film on Discover Nikkei:

Saturday, February 17, 2018
2:00 PM

2018 Day of Remembrance—The Civil Liberties Act of 1988: The Victory and the Unfinished Business

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PAY WHAT YOU WISH

JANM is proud to present the 2018 Day of Remembrance in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Nikkei Progressives, OCA–Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA).

In addition to marking the 76th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, this year’s event commemorates the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the legislation that provided a formal apology from the US government and monetary reparations to survivors of the forced evacuation and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Featured speakers will include Alan Nishio, community activist and founding member of National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (now Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress), who will speak about the importance of the Civil Liberties Act, what it did not accomplish, and its ongoing relevance today.

Admission to this event and the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs for the Day of Remembrance program are strongly encouraged.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

 

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

Saturday, February 17, 2018
5:30 PM—8:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Digital Storytelling Videos

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FREE

JANM and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF) will co-host a screening of spoken word videos inspired by the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and recorded at the 2017 Heart Mountain Pilgrimage in collaboration with filmmakers Jeff MacIntyre and David Ono. Pilgrimage participants, ranging in age from 16 to 75, were guided by spoken word artist G Yamazawa in bringing their stories to life and the videos touch on subjects such as the ever-present sand in camp, the seizure of land, love, and commitment.

A panel discussion with the filmmakers and a reception hosted by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium, JANM HMWF, and the Japanese American Citizens League will take place immediately following the screening.

This event is free but RSVPs are required. Use the link below or call 213.625.0414.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, February 24, 2018
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, February 24, 2018
10:30 AM—11:30 AM

Transpacific Borderlands Exhibition Tour

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Join curator Kris Kuramitsu for a tour of the Los Angeles portion of the exhibition.

Limited to 25 participants. $12 general, free for JANM members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting

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FREE

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 info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/nikkeigen. Limited to 35 participants.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 24, 2018
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

CANCELLED: Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Hinamatsuri Cards

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THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Make a Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) greeting card for your friends and family.

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

Saturday, February 24, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

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Join us for the premiere screening of a new documentary film exploring the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based record label owner, music promoter, and cultural ambassador who has been distributing Chicano music and bringing East Los Angeles bands to Japan for nearly 20 years.

The film explores Miyata’s personal connection to East LA, the joys and difficulties of introducing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano culture to Japan, and the conscious efforts Miyata has made to break stereotypes on both sides of the Pacific.

Directed by Akira Boch, Our Man in Tokyo is a production of JANM’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Miyata, who is flying in from Tokyo for this event, Boch, and the members of El Haru Kuroi, an East LA trio whose unique compositions draw from their upbringing in the city as well as elements of Mexican, South American, African, and American jazz music. El Haru Kuroi will also perform a live set.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Exhibition Closing: Transpacific Borderlands

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 PM

Transpacific Borderlands Artist Talk

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On the closing day of Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, join exhibition curator Clement Hanami and exhibiting artist Shinpei Takeda for a conversation on social representation and cultural context across borders. How do borderlands function as a space for exchanging ideas and culture? How do artworks take on new cultural and historical meanings when displayed to a new audience? What is the role of the artist and his/her practice?

The talk will be moderated by Selene Preciado, an independent curator and Program Assistant at the Getty Foundation, and include time for audience Q&A.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

 

 

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