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Events Calendar

Calendar of Events — June 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.

Saturday, June 2, 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
Sunday, June 3, 2018
11:00 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:00 PM

Dan Kwong: What? No Ping Pong Balls


Performance artist Dan Kwong teams up with taiko artist Kenny Endo for this moving and hilarious tribute to Kwong’s rebellious late mother, Momo Nagano.

Kwong traces Nagano’s journey from her all-American girlhood in Los Angeles to World War II incarceration camp, her life as a single mother raising four kids, and her transformation from housewife to Venice Beach artist. By including video interviews with other Japanese American single moms from the 1960s through today, Kwong weaves together the multiplicities of their experiences while revealing commonalities from their shared cultural background.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 16, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—The Ito Sisters: An American Story


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


This engaging 2017 documentary from director Antonia Grace Glenn focuses on the experiences of Issei and Nisei women whose voices have largely been excluded from American history. At the heart of the film are three Nisei sisters: Natsuye (Nancy), Haruye (Lillian), and Hideko (Hedy), who were born on a farm in the Sacramento River Delta and whose lives were directly impacted by significant historical events such as the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Their narratives are set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, which culminated in the forced evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. Interviewed in their 80s and 90s, the three sisters are colorful and memorable characters, recalling stories of humor, hardship, and heartbreak.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between the filmmaker and Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, and Michael Omi, Associate Professor of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Included with museum admission.

Due to high demand for this program, we have arranged for an overflow space adjacent to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum and are now accepting additional RSVPs.

NOTE: Check-in and seating for the program will begin a half hour before the show, at 1:30 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., all remaining seating in the Forum will be first come, first served, regardless of any RSVPs. Once Forum seating is filled, an overflow seating will be opened up in an adjacent space with a live-feed of the audio and video of the program.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 23, 2018
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: What We Carried


All members are invited to attend a gallery tour of What We Carried: Fragments & Memories from Iraq & Syria. Limited to 25 participants.

RSVP by June 19 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Origami with Ruthie Kitagawa: Summer Floral Cards




Learn to make a summery floral card. This workshop is free, but RSVPs are required using the link below. Limited to 25 participants.

This workshop is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email

This free workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

CANCELLED: From Moth to Cloth



Saturday–Sunday, June 23–24
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

Join Glennis Dolce for a two-day workshop exploring the making of silk handkerchiefs (mawata) from silkworm cocoons. Reel your own thread, then use it in craft projects. Video from Dolce’s recent trip to Japan will also be shown. Bring scissors and a seam ripper.

$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, June 23, 2018
1:00 PM

Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist


All members are invited to an exclusive pre-event reception with authors Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist prior to the author discussion about their book Life After Manzanar at 2 p.m.

Space is limited. June 19 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Life After Manzanar by Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist


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


What happened to Japanese Americans when they were released from America’s concentration camps like Manzanar after World War II ended? Life after Manzanar seeks to answer this question by shedding light on the “Resettlement”—the relatively unexamined postwar period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry were finally released from custody.

Given $25 and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver, Chicago, and New York to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs.

Co-writers Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist will facilitate a discussion regarding different responses to the “resettlement.”

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Available at the JANM Store.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

AAJA-LA Asian American Film Festival



Asian American Journalists Association of Los Angeles (AAJA-LA) kicks off its Summer Film Series with an evening at JANM celebrating emerging APA filmmakers. In partnership with HBO, the three winning films from HBO’s 2018 APA Visionaries Short Film Competition will be screened.

June (1st Place) – Director: Huay-Bing Law
Set on an American college campus during the 1960s, June chronicles the experience of a young Chinese woman as she attends her husband’s graduation.

Jiejie (2nd Place) – Director: Feng-I Fiona Roan
Jiejie is a portrait of two young sisters being raised by a single immigrant mother in Los Angeles in 1997.

Remittance (3rd Place) – Director: Maritte Go
Inspired by her immigrant family’s experiences, Remittance tells the story of a Filipino cruise worker who receives a call informing her that her son is in the hospital.

A Q&A with filmmakers Huay-Bing Law and Maritte Go will follow the screenings.

The AAJA-LA Summer Film Series seeks to bridge the journalism and entertainment communities as well as spotlight films and filmmakers of color. HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries is a short film competition sponsored by HBO that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent the opportunity to showcase their work.

Free. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with HBO and Visual Communications, with support of IW Group.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 30, 2018
9:00 AM—6:00 PM

Legacies of Postwar Japan’s “War Bride” Era



During and shortly after the US-Allied Occupation of Japan, the Japanese women who fraternized with soldiers often met opposition from their families and were shunned by other Japanese. Many mixed-race children faced severe prejudice for being “impure” and born from the former enemy.

This symposium brings together various stakeholders to tell the stories of the war brides and their children. By focusing on the memories, realities, and legacies of this community, this groundbreaking gathering will create opportunities for listening, discussing, healing, and empowering attendees.


RSVPs are required using the link below. Click here for event schedule.

Presented in partnership with the Hapa Japan Project at USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, June 30, 2018
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

CANCELLED: 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.

We apologize for the inconvenience. The next Little Tokyo Walking Tour will be on July 27. Click here for tickets.



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