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Calendar of Events — February 2020

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 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, February 1, 2020

Opening Day: Transcendients

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A contemporary art exhibition by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders honors individuals who advocate and fight for those who face discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders both real and imagined. Through video projections on mist, photographic weavings, and audience participation, visitors to this multimedia exhibition are invited to learn about, reflect on, and celebrate heroes in Los Angeles, across the nation, and within their own lives.

To learn more about this exhibition and related programs, visit janm.org/transcendients.

Saturday, February 1, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Film Screening—ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

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ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is an award-winning documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film exposes the lies used to justify the decision and the cover-up that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. ALTERNATIVE FACTS also examines the parallels to the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.

Join producer and director Jon Osaki for a discussion and Q&A following the film.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Sunday, February 2, 2020
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
Saturday, February 8, 2020
10:00 AM—11:00 AM

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Discover Your Japanese American Roots with Chester Hashizume

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Session 1: Saturday, February 8
Session 2: Saturday, February 15
Session 3: Saturday, February 22

All three sessions are 10 a.m.–11 a.m.

A comprehensive workshop covering genealogy basics such as getting started, identifying your ancestral Japanese hometown, obtaining and utilizing family documents, and determining the meaning behind surnames and family crests—all the tools you need to discover your roots.

This workshop will be presented online only in three sessions using the Zoom video conferencing platform. You will be able to access it using a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device using PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems. You will need to download a desktop client or mobile app prior to the session. Participants will be emailed instructions for access, as well as materials to be used for the sessions, so please make sure to check the email address that you provide when registering.

$20 for members and $25 for non-members, includes materials. RSVP early, 100 students max.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend any of the sessions, we will make recordings available for a limited time for those who register only. Information on how to access the videos will be emailed to workshop registrants.

Read our 2015 interview with instructor Chester Hashizume on the JANM Blog.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Transcendients Artist Discussion with Taiji Terasaki

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Join us to celebrate the launch of the exhibition catalog, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, Los Angeles, in conjunction with the new exhibition, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders. Art critic and curator, Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, will discuss the process of developing the exhibition with contemporary artist, Taiji Terasaki. A light reception and catalog signing with Terasaki and some of the heroes featured in the exhibition will follow.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Saturday, February 15, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

2020 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance—Democracy in Crisis: 1942 and 2020

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

 

PAY WHAT YOU WISH

Day of Remembrance commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. Executive Order 9066 authorized the military to remove and incarcerate persons of Japanese ancestry into American concentration camps. The theme for this year’s Day of Remembrance event is Democracy in Crisis: 1942 and 2020, exploring how democracy has been tested in both the past and present in the US.

Dr. Satsuki Ina, writer, activist, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Tsuru for Solidarity, will share about her work on the long-term impact of collective and historic trauma and of mobilizing to protest current policies that echo and reverberate the racism and hate so resonant of the historical Japanese American incarceration.

Admission to this event and the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs are strongly encouraged using the link below.

Please be aware that due to high attendance for this program, doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Those who have made reservations in advance will be given priority entry and seating until 1:45 p.m. when all extra spaces will be released. All seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Seating is not guaranteed. Overflow seating with a livestream of the program will be available for guests until capacity is reached. For those without RSVPs, there will be a stand-by line.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Kizuna, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Nikkei Progressives, Organization of Chinese Americans–Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action.

 

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi

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SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 22: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, February 23: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Learn how to make your own gorgeous jewelry!

Washi is a traditional Japanese handmade decorative paper made from the inner bark of plants such as mulberry, bamboo, and wisteria. The intertwining fibers result in a durable paper that can decorate any surface, including wooden and metal beads. In addition to making a unique washi bead necklace during the class, you will also learn how to make a matching protective purse pouch from instructors Reiko and Midori Nakano.

Please bring a pair of sharp scissors, a snack, and a desire to practice and learn technical skills such as looping, wrapping, and clasping. Everything else will be supplied. $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.

This event 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.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 22, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Film Screening—Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice

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Never Give Up! tells the story of Minoru (Min) Yasui, son of Japanese immigrant parents, born in 1916, and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. He was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon, and during World War II, he initiated the first legal test challenging the forced removal from the West Coast and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in US concentration camps.

The film documents his and his family’s experiences during the war and his nine months in solitary confinement awaiting his appeal to the US Supreme Court. It also depicts Yasui’s postwar life, including his ongoing defense of the human and civil rights of all people; his leadership role in the Japanese American redress movement; the reopening of his legal case; and the posthumous award of a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

The director, Min Yasui’s youngest daughter Holly, will be on hand for a post-film discussion.

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

The DVD is now available at the JANM Store.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, February 29, 2020
12:00 PM—3:00 PM

Hinamatsuri Workshop: Kokeshi Doll Art with Mari Inukai

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SOLD OUT

In celebration of Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day), paint your own prince and princess kokeshi doll set with artist Mari Inukai. Bring pictures of your favorite flowers and textile samples as reference material to paint your doll’s kimono. All generations welcome!

Limited to 10 participants, however, to encourage collaboration, guests who wish to work together may sign up as a single participant; each participant group/team will then receive one set of dolls to work on, and pay a single participant fee.

$20 members, $25 non-members. Museum admission included. Limited to 10 participants. If you have questions, please contact visitorservices@janm.org.

This event 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.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 29, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Author Discussion—Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Nobleman

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Hiroshima. Dresden. London. Brookings?

Americans know the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as one of the most infamous events of World War II. However, few on either side know that Japan also bombed mainland America—twice.

Navy pilot Nobuo Fujita launched a seaplane off a submarine—via catapult—and hit the woods outside the town of Brookings, Oregon. No one was killed or even hurt, but all involved were changed.

Twenty years later, amid a blaze of controversy, Brookings invited Nobuo back. Though nervous, he felt it was his duty to say yes. He brought his family’s 400-year-old samurai sword, the same he had taken on every war mission. Always a man of honor and now a man of peace, he planned to gift it to the town. Thirty Minutes Over Oregon recounts this remarkable true story of reconciliation after war.

Join author Marc Nobleman for a discussion about this book followed by a Q&A and book signing.

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

Available at the JANM Store.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

 

 

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