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Calendar of Events — April 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, April 4, 2020

CANCELLED: Smithsonian Museum Day

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UPDATE (3/13/20): Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020 will not take place on April 4.

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. We appreciate your understanding.

 

Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Smithsonian magazine Museum Day event.

Sunday, April 5, 2020
11:30 AM

CANCELLED: Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese

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UPDATE (3/13/20): This tour has been cancelled.

 

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, April 11, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

POSTPONED: Premiere Screening of Paper Chase: Japanese American History Through the Lens of Vernacular Newspaper

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UPDATE (3/13/20): This screening has been postponed.

Please email publicprograms@janm.org if you would like to be notified when this screening is rescheduled.

 

Pay-What-You-Can

Join us for the premiere showing of Zentoku Foundation’s documentary, Paper Chase: Japanese American History Through the Lens of Vernacular Newspapers. Through archival photographs, historic footage, and on-camera interviews, Paper Chase chronicles the history of Japanese in America as reported in real-time by community newspapers, including The Rafu Shimpo, Hokubei Mainichi, Pacific Citizen, Nichibei Weekly, Nichibei Times, and Hawaii Herald.

This special event is co-presented by Zentoku Foundation and JANM and will include insights from those associated with the making of the documentary.

Ticket cost is Pay-What-You-Can at the door (suggested $5 minimum per person). Reservations are required. Please email info@zentokufoundation.org to reserve your seats.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, April 11, 2020
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

Contested Histories Talk with Clement Hanami

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

 

Learn about the origins and creation of Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection, from curator Clement Hanami, in this program and Q&A that was livestreamed on JANM’s YouTube channel.

Read about Jack Muro and view his photographs.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

ONLINE tea & letter writing: to our elders

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FREE

Connect with others during this time of “social isolation” and write a letter to an elder in your life. 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.

Seniors are highly vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and so many find themselves isolated in this time. During this tea & letter writing session, you will have a chance to write to an important elder in your life or write a letter to send to an elder currently staying safely at home in a senior living community in Little Tokyo. We will read aloud some letters on the theme from JANM’s permanent collection before diving into our own writing.

Make yourself a warm cup of tea, get cozy, and join us online! All ages are welcome to participate.

This program is FREE, but please RSVP using the link below. You will be emailed instructions for how to join our conversation on Zoom. Please contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions.

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.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

2020 VIRTUAL Gala and Silent Auction—Our Stories in Action

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Due to the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 situation, we have made the decision to turn our 2020 Gala Dinner and Auction into a virtual gala. We are planning an online program, auction, and Bid for Education, and invite you and your family and friends to join us online on April 18, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (PDT).

Visit janm.org/gala2020 for more information.

Saturday, April 25, 2020
10:00 AM—11:30 AM

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Discover Your Japanese American Roots with Chester Hashizume

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SOLD OUT

Session 1: Saturday, April 25
Session 2: Saturday, May 2
Session 3: Saturday, May 9

All three sessions are 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

A comprehensive introductory workshop covering genealogy basics such as 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. Please email publicprograms@janm.org if you do not receive the information or if you have any additional questions.

$20 members, $25 non-members. Digital materials included. RSVP early, 100 students max.

This workshop is now full. If you are interested in future workshops, please follow us on social media!

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, April 25, 2020
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

VIRTUAL LIVE TALK: The Japanese Hospital in Los Angeles: Reflections on a Hospital for All

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

 

FREE

In the midst of this current COVID-19 pandemic, we’re learning more about the 1918 Influenza pandemic and its devastation across the globe. We’re also more aware of the impacts on communities of color and the long history of unequal access to health care.

Join Kristen Hayashi, PhD, Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at JANM, for a virtual live talk and Q&A that takes a historical look at both of these topics through the lens of the Japanese Hospital in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. It’s a story of how the Japanese American community, led by a group of immigrant doctors in the 1920s, demonstrated resilience against discrimination and disaster to establish a health care facility that was accessible to all.

This live public program is free and open to all. Go to JANM’s YouTube channel at the program time to watch it live on youtube.com/janmdotorg.

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media. We will share the direct link to the livestream video.

Interested in learning more about the Japanese Hospital? Check out these articles and video interviews on JANM’s Discover Nikkei website:

Articles:

Video Interviews with daughters of Japanese Hospital doctors:

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

Wellness While Safer at Home

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FREE

Learn from a panel of experts from the AAPI community who specialize in health and wellness, in all aspects of life! This is your chance to ask for advice on everything from nutrition to meditation to caring for family and friends.

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A with Matthew Shima, LMFT (Shima Therapy); Finola Rodriguez (Project Specialist for APIFM); Lupe Limón Corales (Youth Services Coordinator at LTSC); and Cheryl Masukawa (CrossFit®️ Level 1 trainer and personal trainer), as they share about their work in the community and their own personal practices.

JANM, in partnership with Changing Tides, hopes to provide a platform to share resources, build community, and create space to talk about what we need to be well. From advice from therapists to creative home cooking tips to ideas on how to create a healthy community, we’ll be diving into wellness through social media posts, virtual panels, and small interactive workshops.

This program is FREE, but please RSVP using the form below. You will be emailed instructions for how to join our conversation on Zoom. Please contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions.

In partnership with Changing Tides, a program of the Little Tokyo Service Center, and Shima Therapy.

Thursday, April 30, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

VIRTUAL TALK: Contested Histories on the Road with Clement Hanami

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Dive into the experience of traveling across the country with the Contested Histories: Art and Artifacts from the Allen Hendershott Eaton Collection special display, from program developer and curator Clement Hanami in this live presentation and Q&A!

Allen Hendershott Eaton’s historic 1952 book, Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, explored art and craft objects created by persons of Japanese descent while wrongfully incarcerated in the World War II American concentration camps. After many years of lying forgotten in storage, the collection was inherited by a family friend of Eaton’s, who in April 2015 attempted to put it up for auction. An outcry arose from Japanese American community leaders and activists, who rallied successfully to stop the insensitive sale of these important artifacts of Japanese American history. Ultimately, the collection was transferred to the Japanese American National Museum for safekeeping.

Now a traveling display, both physically and digitally, Contested Histories is intended to help gather information about each individual object so that the museum’s efforts to preserve and catalog the collection can be as complete as possible.

This live public program is free and open to all. Go to JANM’s YouTube channel at the program time to watch it live on youtube.com/janmdotorg.

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram). We will share the direct link to the livestream video.

 

 

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