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Calendar of Events — April 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 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.

Friday, April 6, 2018
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception:


Members at the Sustaining level and above and VIPs are invited to preview before it opens to the public. Program with light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in March.

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, April 7, 2018
12:00 PM—5:00 PM

Opening Day: – 15 years of the hapa project


If you missed the opening day panel discussion, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.


In this new exhibition, artist Kip Fulbeck continues his project, begun in 2001, of photographing persons who identify as “Hapa”—of mixed Asian/Pacific Islander descent—as a means of promoting awareness and positive acceptance of multiracial identity. pairs the photographs and statements from the groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, with contemporary portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes in the ensuing years, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world.


12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Mixed Spices Workshop
Join artist and community organizer Genevieve Erin O’Brien for her “Mixed Spices” workshop, in which she translates the ethnic and cultural heritages of mixed race people into unique flavor and spice combinations.

12 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Portrait Drawing
Draw a portrait of yourself that represents your unique identity.

12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Multiracial Coloring Projects with MASC
Take part in multiracial coloring projects hosted by Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC). MASC creates activities and designs programs to educate, advocate for, and promote social justice for the multiracial community and to increase awareness and understanding about multiracial/multiethnic issues.

12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Mixed Marrow
Learn about the need for bone marrow and blood cell donors of mixed races from Mixed Marrow, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding such donors for patients of multiethnic descent.

12 p.m.–5 p.m.: Gallery Activity
Become a part of by having your portrait taken with our instant camera in the exhibition gallery. Write a statement describing how you identify yourself and then add the photo and your words to the gallery walls. (Note that this activity will be available every Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last.)

12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.: Performance by Summer Swee-Singh
Enjoy a performance by pianist Summer Swee-Singh, who is featured in Reserved seating for members.

1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Velina Hasu Houston Reading
Be moved by Velina Hasu Houston as she reads excerpts from her plays and a selection of her poems about mixed heritage identity. Houston is an internationally celebrated writer with more than 24 commissions in theater and opera. She is also resident playwright at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Reserved seating for members.

1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Airbrush Tattoos
Get an airbrush tattoo that helps express who you are. Provided by Party Face Magic. Express line for members.

2:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m.: Performance by Travis Atreo
Pop singer Travis Atreo will perform a mix of original music and cover songs. Reserved seating for members.

3 p.m.: Program
Listen to exhibition creator Kip Fulbeck as he talks about The Hapa Project and His remarks will be followed by a lively discussion with several individuals Fulbeck has photographed for The Hapa Project. Also participating will be three of the hapa luminaries who contributed essays to the exhibition catalog: Velina Hasu Houston; Cindy Nakashima, who has researched, written on, and taught about mixed race for over 30 years; and Paul Spickard, a UC Santa Barbara professor who has written 20 books on race and ethnicity.

4 p.m.: Catalog Signing
Get your catalog signed by Fulbeck, catalog essay contributors, and portrait subjects. Catalogs will be available at the JANM Store.

All activities are included with museum admission. Check back for updates.


In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, April 7, 2018
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour


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, April 14, 2018
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

CANCELLED: Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Kodomo no Hi Cards



Make a Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) greeting card for your friends and family.

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

Saturday, April 14, 2018
3:00 PM

CANCELLED: The Breakfast Club: An Asian American Staged Reading


Join us for the latest effort from No Shortage of Asian Talent, a group formed to combat the severe lack of Asian Pacific Islander American representation in Hollywood by demonstrating the breadth of available APIA talent.

An all-APIA cast will perform a staged reading of John Hughes’ classic 1995 film, The Breakfast Club, in which five high school students are forced to confront their identities during a Saturday detention session.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction


Service to Democracy

   Senator Mazie K. Hirono
   Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga

Join us for the 2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21.

Democracy thrives only when individuals take it upon themselves to fight for it. Our 2018 Gala Dinner will celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond what most average citizens do to ensure that the United States lives up to its promise. Judith Hill, along with parents Michiko and Pee Wee Hill, will be the Gala’s featured performers.

Win a 2018 Lexus NX 300h
The Lexus Opportunity Drawing sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., features a chance to win a 2018 Lexus NX 300h. Download the flyer for more details.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
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, April 28, 2018
2:00 PM

The Etymology of Hapa


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


In conjunction with JANM’s – 15 years of the hapa project exhibition, scholar Richard Keao NeSmith will discuss the origins and evolution of the word hapa, the Hawaiian interpretation of the English word “half.” His talk will address varying perspectives on who is hapa, who can or should rightfully use the term, and what linguists call the etymological process of conversion.

NeSmith has written an essay included in the catalog (available at the JANM Store after April 7); he will sign copies following the program.

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

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project



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