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Calendar of Events — July 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.

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 7, 2019

Exhibition Closing: Kaiju vs Heroes

Sunday, July 7, 2019
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—What Will California's Coastline Look Like in 2100?


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

Moderated by Rosanna Xia, Environment Reporter, Los Angeles Times

If state projections prove right, the sea level along California’s coast will rise 55 inches by the end of this century. That increase, which will be even higher during tidal floods and Pacific storms, would threaten the economies of the coastal counties that 85 percent of Californians call home. And it could spell doom for water sources, major roadways, hazardous waste facilities, military installations, power plants, airports, and seaports. How will this sea level rise change coastal communities, coastal industries from fish to oil, and postcard settings from Big Sur to San Diego? What can be done to mitigate the effects of rising seas and save California treasures? Or will California have to abandon many of its coastal and low-lying areas?

Atmospheric physicist and director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science Alex Hall, California Coastal Commission member Effie Turnbull-Sanders, and Sean B. Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, visit Zócalo to detail the extent to which California could lose its signature coastline.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo by Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register. Courtesy of the Associated Press..

Thursday, July 11, 2019
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

What IS a Concentration Camp?


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



FREE, but RSVPs are required

During World War II, Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast of the United States and incarcerated in remote camps in the nation’s interior. Their only crime was being of Japanese ancestry. For many years, the incarcerees and their descendants have struggled with the correct terminology to describe what happened during the war, but the Japanese American National Museum and other groups like the Japanese American Citizens League as well as scholars of Asian American history have been clear on this issue: people of Japanese ancestry were placed in concentration camps. That phrase continues to mean different things to different people, though.

Actor and activist George Takei, a camp survivor himself, will join JANM Chief Curator Karen Ishizuka in a discussion of the use of the term “concentration camp” throughout history, how and why JANM came to use the term, and its use today with regard to refugees and migrants.

This program is free, but RSVPs are required.

If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 6:15 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Toyo Miyatake Studios.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Friday, July 12, 2019
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Building the Asian American Movement: Then and Now


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




Take a cross-generational look at the challenges and opportunities Asian American communities face as they continue to grow and engage in political action. Hear from a panel of Asian American activists who span the 1970s to the present. Learn about what motivated them to become politically charged and find what out what they believe it means to be an activist in today’s world and what issues continue to spur activism. The panelists have deep experience in student organizing, anti-gentrification campaigns, immigrant worker organizing, and other political campaigns.

Panelist include Florante Ibanez, Miya Iwataki, Sandy Maeshiro, Tiffany Do, Frances Huynh, Sophia Cheng, Jonathan Paik, and Sophia Chenge. Eddie Wong, co-founder of Visual Communications, the first Asian Pacific American media organization in the country, will moderate. This multi-generational dialog is intended to help build a stronger political movement.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended.

If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 7 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 7:25 p.m.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America
Sunday, July 14, 2019
10:00 AM

Edible Adventures: Buddhist Obon and Carnival Food



Get an insider’s view of the Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo and their roles in the past and today. Learn about the various obon festivals and carnivals they host and the foods that are part of them. This tour includes visits to Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin, Higashi Honganji, and the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (also known as Nishi Hongwanji), culminating in an Obon Carnival lunch at Nishi Hongwanji!

$28 Members; $35 Non-members. Museum admission and lunch at Nishi included. Limited to 20 participants. Comfortable shoes recommended.

This tour is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email to be notified if spaces open up.

Photo by Janis Hirohama

Saturday, July 20, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

The Lives of Samurai Women of Kōchi and the Kunimitsu Family Scroll


There were as many samurai women as men during the Tokugawa era (1600–1868) in Japan, but their lives are often overlooked.

Professor Luke Roberts of University of California, Santa Barbara, will speak about his recent research into the lives of samurai women who hailed from Kōchi, an area in southwestern Japan. Following the lecture, Roberts will be joined by Hawaii State Senator Brian Taniguchi and his wife, Jan, to talk about this subject and artifacts from their family.

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

Presented in partnership with the Nikkei Genealogical Society.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, July 21, 2019
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

They Called Us Enemy—Conversation and Signing with George Takei



Join living legend George Takei for a brief conversation about the graphic novel They Called Us Enemy. The book, co-written by Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and illustrated by Harmony Becker, is Takei’s firsthand account of years behind barbed wire at an American concentration camp during World War II, the terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future. A brief Q&A with Takei follows the talk.

George Takei will sign a maximum of three items per person, flat items only. Please note that he is making this appearance in support of the Japanese American National Museum, so he will be signing only items purchased at the JANM Store. Photos with Takei are available only with store purchase.

Books will be available after July 16, but you can pre-order a copy now at the JANM Store!

This event is included with museum admission. Limited seating available. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

This program is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist, please email to be notified if spaces open up.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, July 27, 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.

Saturday, July 27, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Two-Day Workshop: Continuing Explorations in Shibori and Indigo



Saturday–Sunday, July 27–28
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

In this two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce, continue working with indigo and shibori dyeing using a broad selection of beautiful fabrics, both vintage and unique. Shibori techniques of itajime, arashi, nui, and more will be practiced with both new and continuing students. Focus on combining techniques.

$72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at the beginning of class (cash only). Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

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

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, July 27, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

442 Graphic Novel Talk and Drawing Workshop with Rob Sato




Enjoy a talk between the authors of 442, a graphic novel by Koji Steven Sakai and Phinneas Kiyomura, who, along with artist Rob Sato, will discuss their collaboration process. Following the discussion, we invite you to participate in a drawing workshop for all skill levels; materials will be provided.

442 follows Hiro, a young man incarcerated at the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II who volunteers for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and joins the battle to rescue the “Lost Battalion.” The 442nd RCT was a segregated unit of Japanese Americans who became the most highly decorated military unit for their size and duration of service.

This program is free, but seating is limited. RSVPs are strongly recommended.

If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. We will begin seating at 1:30 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 1:40 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 1:55 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

Available at the JANM Store.

In the Weingart Foundation Garden Foyer



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