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Calendar of Events — June 2019

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Please note that general admission rates are increasing as of August 16, 2019. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing rsvp@janm.org 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.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
11:00 AM—12:30 PM

Ohashi: Make Your Own Reusable Chopsticks

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SOLD OUT

Versatile and timeless, chopsticks (ohashi) are a fundamental utensil for many Asian cuisines. In this workshop led by local woodworker Steve Hatanaka, attendees will create their own personal reusable chopsticks. Reusable chopsticks speak to the Japanese concept of mottainai, an effort to not be wasteful.

Open to ages 8 and older, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. $16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email visitorservices@janm.org to be notified if spaces open up.

Additional workshop available at 1 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
1:00 PM—2:30 PM

Ohashi: Make Your Own Reusable Chopsticks

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SOLD OUT

Versatile and timeless, chopsticks (ohashi) are a fundamental utensil for many Asian cuisines. In this workshop led by local woodworker Steve Hatanaka, attendees will create their own personal reusable chopsticks. Reusable chopsticks speak to the Japanese concept of mottainai, an effort to not be wasteful.

Open to ages 8 and older, but minors must be accompanied by an adult. $16 members, $20 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants.

This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email visitorservices@janm.org to be notified if spaces open up.

Additional workshop available at 11 a.m.

Sunday, June 2, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese

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日系移民と日系アメリカ人の歴史を紹介する常設展「コモン・グラウンド」を日本語でご案内します。

ツアーは無料(入館料のみ)、予約不要です。

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—Is Propaganda Keeping Americans from Thinking for Themselves?

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

Moderated by Carla Hall, Editorial Board Member, Los Angeles Times

In 1931, philosopher John Dewey warned that “democracy will be a farce unless individuals are trained to think for themselves, to judge independently, to be critical, to be able to detect subtle propaganda and the motives which inspire it.” But in the 21st century, humans are deluged with increasingly sophisticated propaganda produced not only by governments and media but by our friends and neighbors. How is anyone supposed to think clearly, or critically, amidst all this agitprop? Is contemporary propaganda damaging our attention spans, our relationships, and our ability to ponder bigger questions? Or does it offer some benefits, like nudging us to eat healthier, save the Earth, or maybe even vote?

UCLA Anderson marketing scholar and psychologist Hal Hershfield, Texas A&M historian of rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca, and UC Santa Cruz social psychologist Anthony Pratkanis visit Zócalo to examine what propaganda is doing to our brains and our society.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo courtesy of Shuttercock.

Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:00 PM

15th Anniversary Screening of Ethan Mao

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FREE

Chopso, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and JANM present a 15th anniversary screening of Ethan Mao, the acclaimed feature by Quentin Lee that world-premiered at AFI Fest 2004 and won the Audience Award at the 2005 Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Ethan is kicked out of his home because he’s gay. He returns home on a fateful Thanksgiving Day and holds his family hostage. Starring Jun Hee Lee, Raymond Ma, Julia Nickson, Kevin Kleinberg, Jerry Hernandez, and David Tran. The digital restoration being shown was supported by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest’s Legacy Project.

A Q&A with the original cast and director Quentin Lee will follow the screening. This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 15, 2019
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Kaiju-Con

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LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE AT DOOR

In conjunction with Kaiju vs Heroes, JANM is hosting a day-long Kaiju-Con that will include a vendor hall, demonstration, panel discussions, screening, and raffle all related to kaiju and Japanese toys. The day will culminate in a special free outdoor screening at 8:30 p.m., on JANM’s plaza of Mothra vs. Godzilla from 1964.

Kaiju-Con tickets include same-day museum admission. Early bird pricing available through May 31. Save $5 per ticket!

Purchase tickets by 5 p.m. PT on Friday, June 14, or until sold out, for one-hour early admission and two free raffle tickets!

Visit janm.org/kaiju-con for information about tickets, scheduled activities, list of vendors, and more.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
8:30 PM

Outdoor Movie Night: Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)

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FREE

JANM presents the quintessential sci-fi classic, Mothra vs. Godzilla, shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Watch Mothra battle the king of all monsters while mysterious twin girls hold the secret to controlling the destructive powers of the radioactive moth.

Popcorn by Buttery Popcorn Co. and food by Takuma’s Burger will be available for purchase.

A limited number of chairs will be set up, available first-come, first-serve. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets, but please be mindful of blocking others’ views of the screen.

Please check back for updates.

Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:00 PM

Health Care—A Conversation Determined by You (SoCal Solutions)

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FREE

What would it take to create a universal access health system in terms of money, time, and a sufficient number of health care providers? This is a question KPCC’s health reporters field often. It’s clear that many share the goal of moving the United States to universal coverage. Less clear: just how this would happen. Is “Medicare for all” the answer? What about a “single-payer” system?

Join KPCC In Person, JANM’s National Center for the Preservation for Democracy, and KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan for a panel of policy experts and activists to address these questions. Guests to be announced. A casual post-event reception will follow the program so that we may continue the conversation.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 22, 2019
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Crushing the Myth

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Crushing the Myth is a nationwide speaker series that features Asian Americans and allies as they share stories and perspectives to build an active community of leaders, thinkers, and influencers to move beyond the “Model Minority” label.

Speakers/topics will include:

  • Debbie Wei Mullin—Copper Cow Coffee and How I’m Crushing the International Food Aisle

  • Koji Steven Sakai—I Teach My Son To Hate Dr. Seuss and Why You Should Too

  • Betty Ouyang—An Ode to Father’s Day: Inspiration and an Amazon Story

  • Pastor Ken Fong—How I Used My Superpower to Get Our Church to Embrace Queer and Trans People

  • Godfrey Plata—Rules and Consequences: My Life in Public Education

  • William Lex Ham—Porn and Non-Profits: My Vision as an Asian American Man

  • Nina Nam—Strong not Skinny: How I Won an $80K Body Transformation Contest that Ultimately Changed My Thinking

  • Early bird pricing (through June 12): $15
    General admission: $20
    Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

    For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    7:30 PM

    East West Players: Counter Culture Series reading—God Said This

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    A New Play by Leah Nanako Winkler

    Directed by Deena Selenow

    FREE

    Set in Kentucky, this compelling drama centers around a Japanese American family reuniting as their matriarch undergoes cancer treatment. James, the father, is a recovering alcoholic seeking redemption. His two daughters are struggling to overcome their differences; Sophie is an ardent born-again Christian while Hiro lives the single life in New York. Vividly capturing the complexities of a familial reconciliation in the throes of a crisis, this play looks at the meaning of family and what it means to be Japanese, Southern, and more.

    Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright from Kamakura, Japan, and Lexington, Kentucky. Her other plays include Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theater, East West Players) and Two Mile Hollow (Artists at Play and theaters around the country). She is the inaugural winner of the Mark O’Donnell Prize, the recipient of the 2018 Yale Prize, and a current Jerome Fellow at the Lark.

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

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Thursday, June 27, 2019
    7:00 PM

    Little Tokyo Community Fort Sill Protest

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    If you missed the protest, you can watch video from the event online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

     

    Join representatives of several community organizations located in or aligned with Little Tokyo on the JANM Plaza to protest the White House’s plans to use Fort Sill in Oklahoma as a detention center for immigrant children and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention practices in general.

    We are demanding an end to the inhumane conditions at ICE facilities, an end to family separation policies, and for compassion and humanitarianism toward all people. All who share concern about these issues are invited to participate.

    During World War II, more than 700 people of Japanese ancestry were unjustly incarcerated at Fort Sill. Earlier, members of the Apache tribe who had been forcibly removed from their ancestral lands were incarcerated there. Further, Fort Sill was a site where Native American children taken from their families were placed in boarding school—a government attempt to destroy their identity and culture.

    The protest is organized by East West Players, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) - Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Japanese American National Museum, Kizuna, Little Tokyo Service Center, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Nikkei Progressives, Tuesday Night Project, Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition, Vigilant Love, and Visual Communications.

    Read the press release for more information.

    Please check the Facebook event for updates.

    Saturday, June 29, 2019
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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    SOLD OUT

    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. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email visitorservices@janm.org to be notified if spaces open up.

    You can also sign up for other upcoming Little Tokyo walking tours: July 27, August 31, September 28.

    Saturday, June 29, 2019
    11:00 AM—2:00 PM

    Tanabata Kokeshi Workshop

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    SOLD OUT

    Tanabata commemorates the legend of star-crossed lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, separated on opposite ends of the Milky Way. They were allowed to meet only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month. Celebrate Tanabata this year by painting your own kokeshi doll versions of Orihime and Hikoboshi in a workshop led by renowned artist Mari Inukai.

    Limited to 15 participants or participant groups (max. three individuals per group). Each participant or participant group will receive one set of dolls; additional sets are not available. Workshop fee includes museum admission for one individual; additional group participants must pay museum admission upon arrival.

    $20 members, $25 non-members. Please contact visitorservices@janm.org with questions.

    This workshop is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email visitorservices@janm.org to be notified if spaces open up.

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

    In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

    Saturday, June 29, 2019
    1:00 PM—2:00 PM

    Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Kristen Hayashi and Brian Niiya

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    All members are invited to an exclusive reception with JANM Collections Manager Kristen Hayashi and Densho Content Director Brian Niiya prior to their discussion at 2 p.m. about the immediate post-World War II incarceration period for Japanese Americans in California.

    Space is limited. RSVP by June 25 using the link below. You can also contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    In the Yuki Family Board Room

    Saturday, June 29, 2019
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Returning to California: Post-Camp Stories

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

     

    Regarded as “worse than camp” by many Nikkei, the immediate post-incarceration period is often overlooked in Japanese American history. The war had ended but returning families faced continued hostility and backlash coupled with very difficult housing and job markets.

    Join JANM’s Collection Manager Kristen Hayashi and Densho Content Director Brian Niiya as they discuss aspects of this time period. Hayashi will talk about the unique situation of Japanese Americans in Los Angeles during the post-war years and Niiya will provide an overview of stories from throughout California based on Densho interviews with those who returned.

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

    Presented in partnership with Densho.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

     

     

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