Calendar of Events — May 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 email@example.com 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.
ZÓCALO—How Does Community Conflict Turn Into Genocide?
The Ninth Annual Zócalo Book Prize Lecture at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
History often blames genocide solely on murderous demagogues and military campaigns. But more often than not, the forces that unleash ethnic cleansing arise slowly and during peacetime, and stem from seemingly everyday interactions in places that are home to diverse peoples. What sorts of exchanges and social conditions unleash genocidal behavior? How do people who long lived together as neighbors come to turn on—and kill—each other? And can we teach ourselves to spot the early steps towards genocide so that we might prevent it in other countries or even our own?
Brown University Distinguished Professor of European History Omer Bartov, winner of the ninth annual Zócalo Book Prize for Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, visits Zócalo to share lessons from his mother’s hometown about how easily communities can slide into mass killing.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese
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.
In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center
ZÓCALO—Will California Pick the Next President?
A Zócalo/UCLA Downtown Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Moderated by Madeleine Brand, Host, KCRW’s “Press Play”
When it comes to picking the country’s presidents, the richest and most populous state hasn’t much mattered. Because their primaries are held earlier and they are swing states in the general election, smaller and colder places—like New Hampshire, Iowa, and Ohio—have an outsized influence on who occupies the White House. But could 2020 be different? California has moved its presidential primary to an earlier spot on the calendar, and American politics is changing in ways that make California’s technology, celebrity, and money even more important. Could that help California candidates or even fuel a Republican challenger to Trump? And if California does have a central role in the 2020 presidential drama, how might the Golden State shape the agenda of the next president?
Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Gary Segura, vice president of the American Association of Political Consultants Rose Kapolczynski, and Latino Decisions co-founder and UCLA political scientist Matt Barreto visit Zócalo to discuss whether Californians will pick the next president, and what kind of president we might pick.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press.
Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi
Saturday–Sunday, May 18–19
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Washi is a traditional Japanese handmade decorative paper that dates back to the seventh century. Unlike machine-made paper from wood pulp, washi is made from the inner bark of plants such as mulberry, bamboo, and wisteria, and hemp. The intertwining of fibers results in a paper that is strong, durable, washable, and acid-free. Its thin, smooth, soft surface can be printed with vivid colors and complex designs.
In this workshop led by Reiko Nakano, make your own long lariat necklace with irregular shaped wooden beads, commercially made adornments, and bronze filigree connectors. The second project will be matching earrings.
Please bring your own beading board and jewelry-making tools, if possible. If not, all materials are supplied. Also bring a snack, and a desire to learn. $64 members, $80 non-members, plus $25 materials fee due to the instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Museum admission included. Limited to 12 participants.
In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center
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.