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Calendar of Events — May 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, May 2, 2020
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

CANCELLED: Two-Day Workshop: Natural Plant Dyeing—Kusakizome

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

 

Saturday–Sunday, May 2–3
11 a.m.–4 p.m. (both days)

Discover the world of color in Nature! Learn about kusakizome, which translates to “plant dyeing,” in a two-day workshop led by Glennis Dolce. Kusakizome has a long tradition in Japan with in-season plant materials collected regionally and used for different purposes.

We will continue our explorations using natural plant materials locally sourced. A swatch book will be created by each participant. New and returning participants encouraged. On the second day, participants will dye a silk scarf using the dyes.

Bring scissors and a notebook. $72 members, $90 non-members, plus $40 materials fee due to instructor at beginning of class (cash only). All fabrics and dyes and other materials are supplied. Please wear workshop attire. Limited to 20 participants. Museum admission included.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Sunday, May 3, 2020
11:30 AM

CANCELLED: Common Ground Exhibition Tour in Japanese

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UPDATE (4/2/20): 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
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:30 PM—7:30 PM

ONLINE Book Talk: From Japanese American Incarceration to COVID-19: The Fight for Justice

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FREE

While times of global crisis can bring out the best in this country, they also have a history of surfacing deeply rooted xenophobia and bigotry. At a moment where many are fearful, we are once again seeing efforts to scapegoat a group of Americans based on their identity.

On May 5, the Pacific Council and Japanese American National Museum (JANM), in partnership with Skylight Books, will host a conversation with John Tateishi about his recent book, Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations, and his experiences leading the fight to seek reparative justice. Tateishi will join Karen Ishizuka, Chief Curator at JANM, to discuss the parallels between his own experiences, the post-9/11 period, and today.

In the midst of the “Safer at Home” order, it is more important than ever to support our local businesses and neighbors. Copies of Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations can be bought from the JANM Store or from Skylight Books (in Los Feliz, Los Angeles).

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
6:00 PM—7:45 PM

ONLINE Tea & Letter Writing: Building Connections

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FREE

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.

As we continue to physically distance, we are reminded of the most vulnerable populations among us, especially our community seniors who have been safer at home, but isolated, for some time now and those who are currently incarcerated in unsafe, crowded conditions. During this tea & letter writing session, we will be taking time to reach out to these communities and offer our support and solidarity. Participants will have the chance to send their letters to seniors in Little Tokyo senior living facilities and/or migrants detained at the Adelanto Detention Center. 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 a few days before the program with 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.

Friday, May 8, 2020

JANM Digital Film Festival Premiere: Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)

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Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! We will be releasing a selection of films, some for a limited time only. Organize a (virtual) screening party with your friends or family or just get cozy and enjoy the JANM Digital Film Festival from the safety of your own home. We will also have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and others involved in the projects.

The JANM Digital Film Festival begins with Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata), a short documentary about the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo-based record label owner and promoter who specializes in the difficult task of distributing Chicano music in Japan.

The film explores Miyata’s goal of bringing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano and Latinx culture to Japan and his purity of intention that hasn’t brought him financial gain, but has instead delivered a wealth of understanding that has educated, enlightened, and changed the lives of many people.

Directed by Akira Boch, this film features Chicano Batman, Quetzal, El Haru Kuroi, and Joe Bataan. It was produced in conjunction with the Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo exhibition.

This film will be released on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, May 8. Watch Our Man in Tokyo and then join us for a Q&A with Akira Boch and Shin Miyata on Friday, May 15, at 6 p.m. (PDT)!

Learn more about the film in this 2018 JANM blog post by director Akira Boch.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Member Appreciation Days: Shopping from Home

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20% Member Discount for 8 days!

Friday, May 8 – Friday, May 15

Throughout these challenging times, JANM Members have continued to show immense generosity and dedication to our mission. Thank you for allowing us to continue our work.

Traditionally, our Member Appreciation Days represent a partnership between JANM and other fantastic Southern California museums to offer free reciprocal admission and 20% store discounts to our collective membership. While we and our partner institutions remain closed to the public due to Safer at Home orders, we’re pleased to offer the 20% discount to JANM Members through our online store—for an extra 5 days!

Visit janmstore.com/membershopping for more details and restrictions.

Friday, May 15, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival: Our Man in Tokyo Q&A

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FREE

Discover the behind the scenes experience of developing and creating the documentary, Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata), in this live Q&A with Shin Miyata himself, director Akira Boch, and featured musicians Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal and David Gomez.

The short film explores the struggles and obsessions of Shin Miyata, a Tokyo-based record label owner and promoter who specializes in the difficult task of distributing Chicano music in Japan. His goal of bringing authentic and diverse representations of Chicano and Latinx culture to Japan and his purity of intention that hasn’t brought him financial gain, but has instead delivered a wealth of understanding that has educated, enlightened, and changed the lives of many people.

Following a facilitated discussion between Boch, Miyata, Gonzalez, and Gomez, the audience will have the chance to ask questions they may have about Chicanx music in Japan, the origins of these friendships and creative partnerships, and much more.

Be sure to watch the film first on JANM’s YouTube channel, then join us for the Q&A which will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, May 15, from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. (PDT).

WATCH THE FILM (Also available with Japanese and Spanish subtitles)

JOIN US FOR THE Q&A

Submit questions in advance using this form. Participants will be able to chat and ask additional questions live (you will need to be logged in to YouTube to participate in the chat).

 

Learn more about the film in this 2018 JANM blog post by director Akira Boch.

Saturday, May 16, 2020
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

CANCELLED: Two-Day Jewelry Workshop: The Wonderful World of Washi

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

 

Saturday–Sunday, May 16–17
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Learn how to make your own gorgeous jewelry!

Chigirie is a form of washi, handmade Japanese paper, that is produced only in solid colors which artisans carefully tear into fragments to create distinct color areas. In this workshop, participants will use both chigirie and washi to cover wooden beads of various shapes. They will then use their decorated beads combined with commercial components to create a truly unique necklace and earrings set.

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.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

Art as Healing: Mental Health within the API Community

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FREE

Discussions around mental health continue to be stigmatized within the broader Asian and Pacific Islander community. These conversations are complicated by linguistic barriers, the lack of culturally specific resources, and other racialized societal pressures. Despite the circumstances, there are many who are finding creative ways to address these gaps and inequities.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, hear from innovative artists and creatives who are speaking out about mental health within the API community through music, poetry, art, food, and film in a celebration of our community’s strength and resiliency. Our community partner, Changing Tides, a program of the Little Tokyo Service Center, will also talk about their work to address this stigma within the Japanese American community and provide resources for those who need them.

Featuring the team from the upcoming documentary Things I Never Said; singer-songwriter Priska; organizer and poet Audrey Kuo; dancer and transformational coach Charlotte Nguyen; and Qasida reciter and musician Asiyah Amatullah Ayubbi.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed 24 hours before the program with instructions on how to join this Zoom webinar. Please contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
6:00 PM—7:30 PM

Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry reading

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FREE

Published on Discover Nikkei, Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column shares poems each month from the Nikkei community around themes curated by author, poet, and performer traci kato-kiriyama.

Now, Nikkei Uncovered is going live! We have brought together a powerful, intergenerational lineup of poets previously featured in the column to share their poetry in an online reading. Hosted by traci, the interactive reading and reflection will also include a short open mic portion, where viewers will be able to sign up during the program to share their poetry.

Featuring Maiya Kuida-Osumi, Courtney Ozaki, Micah Tasaka, and Mitsuye Yamada.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed 24 hours before the program with instructions on how to join this Zoom webinar. Please contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions.

Saturday, May 23, 2020
2:00 PM—3:00 PM

VIRTUAL TALK: Contested Histories on the Road: Part II

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Experience more of the behind the scenes of traveling 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. He will be joined by Nancy Ukai, Project Director of 50 Objects/Stories and a writer and researcher who helped lead the social media protest to stop the Rago auction of the Eaton Collection artifacts in 2015. She is co-administrator of the Facebook page Japanese American History: Not for Sale.

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.

Nancy Ukai was interviewed by Discover Nikkei in 2019 about the 50 Objects/50 Stories project.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

JANM Digital Film Festival: Masters of Modern Design

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Join us as we dive into films produced by the Japanese American National Museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center! We will be releasing a selection of films, some for a limited time only. Organize a (virtual) screening party with your friends or family or just get cozy and enjoy the JANM Digital Film Festival from the safety of your own home. We will also have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and others involved in the projects.

The second film in our JANM Digital Film Festival series is Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience. This documentary, a co-production between JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center and KCET for the series ARTBOUND, explores how the World War II American concentration camp experience impacted the lives of five Japanese American artists and designers and ultimately sent them on trajectories that led to their changing the face of American culture with their immense talents.

From the hand-drawn typeface on the cover of The Godfather to Herman Miller’s biomorphic coffee table, the work of Japanese American designers including Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata permeated postwar culture. While these second-generation Japanese American artists have been celebrated, less-discussed is how their WW II incarceration—a period of great hardship and discrimination—had a powerful effect on their lives and art.

There are four ways to watch the film:

  • On the KCET website through May 30

  • On KCET’s YouTube channel

  • Airing on KCET, Southern California’s PBS station:
    Sunday, May 24 • 5 p.m. (PDT) on KCET-HD
    Sunday, June 7 • 12 a.m. (PDT) ON KCETLINK
    Thursday, June 11 • 1 p.m. (PDT) on KCET-HD

  • Purchase the DVD at janmstore.com
    JANM Members get 10% off!

Watch Masters of Modern Design and then join us for a Q&A with the children of the featured artists on Friday, May 29, at 6 p.m. (PDT)!

Learn more about the film in this 2019 interview with Akira Boch, Director of JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
4:00 PM—4:30 PM

Virtual Open House for Educators

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FREE

Join us for a brief orientation to the education resources available to you digitally through JANM. This quick, 30-minute webinar and Q&A will provide an overview of new and existing educational resources including video tutorials, lessons and curriculum, activities, and more. Connect with the Education Unit, get answers to any questions you have, and learn how JANM can support your work as an educator from afar.

Can’t attend live? A recording of the webinar will be available on JANM’s YouTube channel within a week of the live program.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed instructions on the May 26 with instructions on how to join our conversation on Zoom. Please contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions.

Thursday, May 28, 2020
5:00 PM—6:30 PM

Anti-Asian Racism Past & Present / Our Hopes for the Future

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FREE

During this global pandemic, we hear reports of attacks on Asians and Asian Americans across the country. We are confronted by cycles of blame and fear on those who are perceived to be from China. Asian Americans young and old fear leaving their houses while masked. We also see Asians and Asian Americans speaking out against hate and violence, as well as communities of color rising up with mutual aid efforts and creative networks of support in this time of physical isolation.

To respond to these trends, and to speak on the history of anti-Asian sentiment and the power of strong community in the United States, we are bringing together a conversation of leading figures in the Asian American community who are fighting back against this violence to lead us in a conversation. Join us to reflect on how we can go beyond going back to “normal” after this pandemic, and instead imagine a new society that continues to dismantle and fight against racism and prejudice.

This conversation will be moderated by JANM’s Chief Curator Karen Ishizuka, and will feature Russell Jeung (SF State University), Taz Ahmed (Good Muslim, Bad Muslim Podcast), Renee Tajima-Peña (Asian Americans series producer), and Robin Toma (LA County Human Relations Commission). This program is Part I of “Reimagining ‘Normal’,” a new JANM series exploring race and racism in the United States.

This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions 24 hours before the program begins in order to join our conversation on Zoom. Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

Image: This photo of the 1963 March on Washington from JANM’s permanent collection was featured in the recent PBS series Asian Americans. Japanese American National Museum (Gift of K. Patrick and Lily A. Okura, 98.158.2)

Friday, May 29, 2020
6:00 PM—7:00 PM

JANM Digital Film Festival: Masters of Modern Design Q&A

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FREE

Hear from the the children of the featured artists in Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience in this second Q&A of the JANM Digital Film Festival!

Join Kiku Obata (designer and daughter of Gyo Obata), Mira Nakashima (furniture designer and daughter of George Nakashima), Kenji Fujita (artist and son of S. Neil Fujita), and Addie Lanier (educator and daughter of Ruth Asawa) as they talk about their parents’ lives and legacies.

Masters of Modern Design, a co-production between JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center and KCET for the series ARTBOUND, explores how the World War II American concentration camp experience impacted the lives of five Japanese American artists and designers and ultimately sent them on trajectories that led to their changing the face of American culture with their immense talents. From the hand-drawn typeface on the cover of The Godfather to Herman Miller’s biomorphic coffee table, the work of Japanese American designers including Ruth Asawa, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, S. Neil Fujita, and Gyo Obata permeated postwar culture. While these second-generation Japanese American artists have been celebrated, less-discussed is how their WW II incarceration—a period of great hardship and discrimination—had a powerful effect on their lives and art.

Be sure to watch the film first on KCET, then join us for the Q&A which will be streamed live on JANM’s YouTube channel on Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m.–7 p.m. (PDT).

Submit questions in advance using this form. Participants will be able to chat and ask additional questions live (you will need to be logged in to YouTube to participate in the chat).

 

 

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