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Calendar of Events — July 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.

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.

Sunday, July 1, 2018
11:00 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, July 7, 2018
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: – 15 years of the hapa project



Join exhibition creator Kip Fulbeck for a gallery tour of Space is limited to 25 participants.

This tour is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please contact or 213.830.5646.

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, July 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, July 7, 2018
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Loving (2016)


This historical drama is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose 1958 arrest for interracial marriage in Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision that invalidated state anti-miscegenation laws.

Panel discussion to follow screening, moderated by creator Kip Fulbeck and with panelists Ken Tanabe and Catherine Leung of Loving Day, the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations. Tanabe is its founder.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, July 21, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

CANCELLED: Jewelry Workshop—The World of Washi: Intermediate Class


Saturday–Sunday, July 21–22
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

This intermediate class is recommended for students who have already taken at least one of the beginning washi workshops. Participants will make a necklace and matching earrings with wooden beads made of two different but complementary washi papers and semi-precious commercial beads. Techniques will include washi-wrapping, collage design, looping, and wrapping wire.

Please bring sharp scissors and a snack. All additional class materials will be provided.

$64 members, $80 non-members, plus $25 materials fee due to the instructor at beginning of class (cash only); museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, July 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, July 28, 2018
10:30 AM

What We Carried Exhibition Tour


Join us for a gallery tour of What We Carried: Fragments & Memories of Iraq & Syria.

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

Saturday, July 28, 2018
1:00 PM—4:00 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.

The meeting is included with museum admission. RSVP is required.

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

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, July 28, 2018
2:00 PM

Stories of Displacement



In conjunction with What We Carried, stories of displacement as experienced by a variety of communities will be shared. Perspectives will include those of recent Iraqi and Syrian refugees and Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII. Additional issues we will explore include dehumanization, displacement, resiliency, cross-cultural empathy, overcoming negative stereotypes, and difficulties that communities of color face. Also, as part of an interactive activity, we will feature the “Refugee Chair” an immersive storytelling pop-up by Activate Labs, Participants are invited to share their stories of migration, pursuit of a better life, and dreams for the future with the "Refugee Chair." The Refugee Chair was created by artist Charity Ruther from life jackets found in Greece used by those who crossed from Syria and Afghanistan.

The panel will include:
• JANM docent Yae Aihara, who at 16 was incarcerated in a concentration camp during World War II.
• Naqib Noorzad, refugee from Afghanistan who arrived in the United States in Spring 2017 with his wife and three children. He previously worked in security services at a U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan which has informed his current belief against war, guns, and violence.
• Moderated by Traci Ishigo, co-chair of Vigilant Love.

RSVPs are recommended using the link below.



Vigilant Love
Vigilant Love is a grassroots organization challenging Islamophobia through arts, healing and activism. Building upon the legacy of Muslim American and Japanese American solidarity since 9/11, Vigilant Love organizes multi-ethnic, intergenerational and inter-spiritual movement to create pathways to liberation together.


Activate Labs
Activate Labs is a creative force for peace and justice. As strategists, storytellers, and mobilizers, we imagine, incubate, launch and support movements, campaigns, and organizations to create change.


In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
7:30 PM

ZOCALO—How Can Americans Defend the 14th Amendment When the Government Won't?


A Zócalo/Daniel K. Inouye Institute Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Introduction by Irene Hirano Inouye, reading from U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s keynote address to the 1968 Democratic National Convention

Moderated by Madeleine Brand, Host, KCRW’s “Press Play”

Since its adoption in 1868, the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution has inspired advances in legal rights by guaranteeing U.S. citizens and people in the country “the equal protection of the laws”—except when it hasn’t.

From Jim Crow to the World War II-era incarceration of Japanese Americans, from racist police corruption to bans on interracial and same-sex marriages, American governments—federal, state, and local—have repeatedly and systematically discriminated against people despite the Amendment’s clear promise of equality. How can we defend equal protection when our governments won’t? What does the Amendment’s “equal protection” really protect us from, when equality remains so elusive? And—as this summer marks the 30-year anniversary of the U.S. government’s “redress” apology and compensation for the incarceration of Japanese Americans—how can we best remember the lessons of past violations of the 14th?

Go for Broke president and CEO Mitchell Maki, Johns Hopkins legal historian Martha S. Jones, National Immigration Forum executive director Ali Noorani, and University of Baltimore constitutional law scholar Garrett Epps visit Zócalo to examine the difficulties of enforcing equal protection.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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