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Calendar of Events — March 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 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, March 1, 2020
11:30 AM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese




In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, March 7, 2020
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders



Immerse yourself in this free one-day celebration of the Transcendients “heroes” and their work. This day of discussion, conversation, music, dance, art, and interactive activities will allow you to learn, to celebrate, to challenge, and to grow. New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen to deliver keynote speech.


Plaza Stage

On the JANM Plaza

  • 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—DJ Set: Betto Arcos

  • 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.—East LA Taiko

  • 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.—DJ Set: Betto Arcos

  • 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.—El Santo Golpe

  • 3:30 p.m.–4 p.m.—DJ Set: Betto Arcos

  • 4 p.m.–5 p.m.—FandangObon

Presenter Series

JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.—Food & Los Angeles
    Rudy Espinoza, Ron Finley, Evan Kleiman

  • 1:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m.—Keynote Speaker
    Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • 1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m.—Arts Activism & Los Angeles
    Kim Abeles, John Malpede, Nobuko Miyamoto

  • 3:15 p.m.–4 p.m.—Human Rights & Los Angeles
    Lucia Allain, Aziza Hasan, Lisa Watson

  • Reception with light refreshments to follow each session.



On the JANM Plaza

    Get involved! Register to vote! Learn more about local organizations doing groundbreaking work surrounding borders—invisible and visible.


Admission will be free all day to view the exhibitions:

Produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum and Terasaki Exhibitions.

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Saturday, March 7, 2020
11:30 AM—12:30 PM

Almond—Author Discussion and Signing with Allen Say




Join Caldecott Medalist Allen Say as he discusses the making of his new children’s book, Almond. Through beautiful artwork and a powerful story, Almond explores the story of Almond Biggs as she discovers what it means to have her own unique gifts and talents.

The book will be released on March 3, which is Girls’ Day or Hinamatsuri in Japan, and is a celebration of girl empowerment. After the short program, Say will be signing copies of Almond which will be available for sale at the JANM Store,

This program is free in conjunction with the Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders event, but space is limited so RSVPs are strongly encouraged at the link below.

All available spaces for this signing are now full. If you are attending the Transcendients Community Celebration and are interested in attending this program, please check at the Nerio Education Center at1 11:15 a.m. to see if any spaces are available.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
12:15 PM—1:15 PM

Members Only Learning at Lunch: Masumoto Family Farm


Bring your brown bag lunch and join us as we explore connections between Japanese American experiences and California farming. Special guest Nikiko Masumoto will bring objects from the Masumoto Family Farm, share stories of learning to work with her jiichan’s tools, and pose questions about how the objects that tie us to the land inform how we construct meaning through food.

JANM Collections staff will also show artifacts and archival material from the permanent collection that relate to Japanese American contributions to the agriculture industry.

Space is limited. RSVP by March 3 using the link below. You can also contact or 213.830.5646.

Nikiko Masumoto will also be presenting Memory Crafting: How Do We Remember the Unspeakable, A Yonsei Perspective at 2 p.m., a free workshop that will invite attendees to immerse themselves in acts of memory and memory crafts. Click here for details and to RSVP.

In the Inahara Foyer

Saturday, March 7, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

Memory Crafting: How Do We Remember the Unspeakable, A Yonsei Perspective




Our community and cultural institutions, researchers, family members, artists, and many others have created priceless archives of Japanese American history. The effort to preserve, with tremendous contributions from many generations in our community, have given Yonsei, Gosei, and future generations important resources to learn and understand our community history, especially surrounding incarceration during World War II.

Once the stories are preserved and archives constructed, what comes next? What does it mean that youth (Yonsei and Gosei) of today in most families are the last generations to personally know survivors of concentration camps? How does the act of remembering collective history continue and/or change as it passes through generations?

This workshop will invite attendees to immerse themselves in acts of memory and memory crafts. “Memory crafting” are activities, exercises, and ways of constructing gatherings that help transform facts and knowledge of history into practices of memory. Presenter, Nikiko Masumoto, co-founder of Yonsei Memory Project (based in the Central Valley) will share insights from their three years of work.

This program is free in conjunction with the Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders event, but space is limited so RSVPs are strongly encouraged at the link below.

This workshop is now full. If you are attending the Transcendients Community Celebration and are interested in participating in the workshop, please check at the Nerio Education Center at 1:45 p.m. to see if any spaces are available.

Read Discover Nikkei’s interview with Nikiko Masumoto about the Yonsei Memory Project.

In the Nerio Education Center

Thursday, March 12, 2020
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

VIRTUAL TEA & LETTER WRITING: Reflecting on Heroes


UPDATE: We’re moving Tea & Letters to a virtual room!

To join, click on the link below. If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download and open the Zoom desktop app. Once downloaded, you will be taken to the room.

More info, including Zoom etiquette and troubleshooting will be added to the Facebook Event discussion page later today. Please contact if you have any additional questions.

In-depth walkthrough of how to use Zoom >>



Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like the opportunity to write a letter to someone you consider a hero?

Gather with us in the comfort of your own home to share tea and conversation and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, former Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence at JANM. In conjunction with the exhibition, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, participants will be encouraged to reflect on who their own “heroes” might be and explore what messages they might want to share with them. We will read aloud some letters on the theme from JANM’s permanent collection.

Make yourself a warm cup of tea and read along with some letters on the theme from JANM’s permanent collection! All ages are welcome to join.

This program was launched through the +LAB Artist Residency program presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center in partnership with JANM and continues now in partnership with Tuesday Night Project’s TNTalks initiative.

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Saturday, March 14, 2020
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

CANCELLED: Two-Day Workshop: Indigo and Shibori in the 21st Century


UPDATE (4/3/20): This workshop has been cancelled.


Saturday–Sunday, March 14–15
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, with a focus on combining techniques.

Bring scissors and a seam ripper. All fabrics and dyes and other materials are supplied. Please wear workshop attire.

$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.

Saturday, March 14, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

POSTPONED: Film Screening and Q&A—Houses for Peace and Helping Hands



Please email if you would like to be notified if this screening is rescheduled.

Join us for a screening of two documentaries produced by NHK World-Japan that focus on the little-known stories of goodwill in the aftermath of the atomic bomb. The program is presented in conjunction with Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, on view through June 7, 2020.

Houses for Peace: Exploring the Legacy of Floyd Schmoe (2018)

Nearly 70 years ago, an American named Floyd Schmoe arrived in the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima on a mission of peace. Together with a diverse group of volunteers from the US and Japan, he built houses for atomic bomb survivors and their families. Finalist for the 2019 Asian Academy Creative Awards (Documentary Category).

Helping Hands: The Lives of Atomic Bomb Orphans (2019)

Thousands of orphaned children wandered the streets after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Some died of hunger and disease, but others were able to survive thanks to helping hands from the US and South Korea. A story of the goodwill that war could not destroy.

This program is presented in partnership with NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the international service of Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Thursday, March 19, 2020
3:30 PM—7:00 PM

POSTPONED: National Park Service Amache Special Resource Study Public Scoping Meetings



Please check the Amache Special Resource Study project page for updates on rescheduled meetings.

Two presentations will be offered, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the launch of a special resource study of the Granada Relocation Center, known as Amache. Congress authorized this study to evaluate its national significance and determine the suitability and feasibility of designating it as a unit of the national park system. The NPS would like to engage the public in discussions about Amache.

The purpose of the public meetings are to:

    1. Increase understanding of the study, why it’s conducted and the study process.

    2. For the NPS to learn from participants about resources and issues.

    3. For the NPS to hear participants' goals and vison for the study and outcomes.

For further information, see the National Park Service Amache Special Resource Study project page.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

POSTPONED: Kollaboration EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference



Please email if you would like to be notified when this event is rescheduled.

Saturday–Sunday, March 21–22

The Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference is a two-day 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.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

CANCELLED: Artists at Borders: A Conversation Led by Jonathan Ryan



Join RAICES CEO and President Jonathan Ryan and other featured heroes of the exhibition, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, for a critical discussion on and artistic performances about how art can inspire social and political change at borders, both visible and invisible.

RAICES is a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights.

This program is free but RSVPs are encouraged at the link below. We encourage you to arrive early to view Transcendients and our other exhibitions before the program.

Presented in partnership with RAICES.

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Exhibition Closing: Transcendients

Final day to see the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders.



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