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Calendar of Events — March 2019

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, March 1, 2019
8:00 PM

Film Screening—Sunsets (1997)



JANM, Giant Robot, and CHOPSO are proud to present the restored, high definition director’s cut of Sunsets, the 1997 Asian American New Wave indie classic and first feature by the team of Michael Aki and Eric Nakamura.

In this drama, Dave and Mark are two high school buddies living in Watsonville, California. Dave works in a comic book store, while Mark is preparing to go to college in the fall. When their friend Gary is released from jail, the three spend most of the summer drinking beer, chasing girls, and committing petty crimes. As the fall approaches, and with it the first stages of adulthood, the three realize the days are numbered for their friendship as they know it.

Aki and Nakamura will be present for a Q&A following the screening. This program is free, and RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, March 3, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

ZÓCALO—Are American Presidents Above the Law?


A Zócalo/UCLA Downtown Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

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

The Mueller report promises to clarify what happened in the 2016 election and its aftermath. But that document may only add to the confusion over a broader question: What does it take to fire an American president? In recent months, critics of Donald Trump have discussed removing the president by impeachment, indictment, and the 25th Amendment. But no president has ever been impeached and convicted by the Senate, and the Department of Justice may preclude a president from being indicted. If impeachment is impossible, what methods exist, legally, for removing a president? Why do we have special prosecutors if they can’t prosecute? Is the American president, for all practical purposes, above the law?

UCLA constitutional law scholar Jon D. Michaels, Wake Forest political scientist and author of The Special Prosecutor in American Politics Katy Harriger, and Joel D. Aberbach, political scientist and former director of the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy, visit Zócalo to examine the historical, customary, and legal precedents that protect our presidents.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo by Ron Edmonds/Associated Press

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7:30 PM

East West Players: Counter Culture Series reading—Cocks Crow



JANM is pleased to host the East West Players’ reading of Cocks Crow by Alice Tuan, directed by Jennifer Chang.

Cocks Crow is what happens when Americans try to do business with China: is it a bad internet connection or are we being surveilled? Compelled by ambition, anxiety, and diminishing options at home, two Americans, Bill Peck and Shelly Larkin, pursue wealth on capitalism’s wild new frontier.

At Yankee Doodle Do, an American diner in Shanghai, they find Agnes Deng is “representing” Han Jia Wei, the elusive Chinese bureaucrat they are trying to cut a deal with. The character Rafael Chan then enters into the mix to activate and derail this play about superpower deflation in the new century.

The reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, March 16, 2019
11:30 AM—1:00 PM

Otafuku Okonomiyaki Cooking Class



Learn how to prepare okonomiyaki (Osaka style) from the experts at Otafuku Foods, Inc. This traditional Japanese dish, meaning “whatever you like, grilled” is as fun to cook as it is to eat. During this class, instructors will teach participants how to create their own okonomiyaki recipes, as well as give background on the history and nutritional benefits of the dish.

$24 members, $30 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 24 participants.

This cooking workshop is presented by Otafuku Foods, Inc.

Sunday, March 17, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Sashiko and Boro Traditions Workshop



In this one-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce, we will be mending and creatively reusing the fabrics of our lives using sashiko stitching to make a cloth that can be used as a scarf, a wall hanging, or used for making some other useful item of your choice. The concepts of mottainai (don’t waste!) and mu kara yuu o umo (out of nothing, something is born) as it relates to boro textiles (tattered and stitch repaired cloth) will be practiced and discussed.

$36 members, $45 non-members. Bring a selection of your own fabrics or purchase the class materials kit ($35 includes fabrics and basic tools and threads; due to instructor at the beginning of class, cash only). Bring scissors, scraps, and a sense of wonder!

Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

This workshop is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email You will be notified if any spaces open up.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Kollaboration EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference


Saturday–Sunday, March 23–24

The Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference is an event where aspiring Asian Americans of all ages and professions gather to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational professionals. At EMPOWER, attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths, industries, and best practices to apply to making their dreams a reality. This unique experience will bridge communities, generations, industries, and innovative minds.

Visit for more information and to register.

Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour



Learn about past and present-day Little Tokyo on a walking tour led by an in-the-know JANM docent. From murals to monuments, explore both the popular and lesser-known gems of this bustling neighborhood.

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

This tour is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email You will be notified if any spaces open up.

The Little Tokyo walking tours are offered every month. You can also sign up for upcoming tours on these upcoming Saturdays: April 27, May 25, and June 29.



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