Calendar of Events — August 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Online Conversation and Q&A—Houses for Peace: Exploring the Legacy of Floyd Schmoe
Wednesday, August 5:
7 P.M. (PDT) | 4 p.m. (HST)
Thursday, August 6: 11 a.m. (JST)
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, join a conversation on what today’s audiences can learn and build on from the story of Floyd Schmoe, a lifelong grassroots activist for peace. The conversation will build on the documentary Houses for Peace (2018), that tells the story of Schmoe, who traveled with a diverse group of volunteers to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima over 70 years ago to build houses for survivors of the atomic bomb and their families.
The panel and Q&A will be moderated by Dr. Gail Nomura, Professor at the University of Washington, and feature 75-year-old atomic bomb survivor Koko Kondo, who spent time with Schmoe as a young girl, as well as Kumiko Ogoshi Takai, the documentary’s director. They will be joined by Clement Hanami, VP of Exhibitions and Art Director at JANM, Takuo Takigawa, Director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and Mike Carr, CEO of the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
The documentary is available to stream now on NHK WORLD-JAPAN’s video on demand service.
This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the Zoom link below. The program will be available in with simultaneous audio interpretation in both English and Japanese. Contact email@example.com if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.
This program is presented in partnership with NHK WORLD-JAPAN, and with cooperation from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial.
Image: Donated by Tomiko Y. Schmoe. Entrusted by the Group for Learning from Floyd Schmoe. Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
9066 to 9/11—The Past, Present, and Future of Anti-Asian Bias in America
On March 21, 1942, Congress codified Executive Order 9066, issued by President Franklin Roosevelt, which resulted in the forced removal and confinement of people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast in American concentration camps. 78 years later, the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed a surge in discrimination, bias, and violence against Asian Americans, many of whom were falsely blamed for spreading the virus.
The short film 9066 to 9/11, produced by JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center in 2004, traces the history of discrimination against people of Asian background in the United States from the World War II incarceration to the rise in Islamaphobia after 9/11. Join the film’s producers and members of Penn’s Program in Asian American Studies for a discussion on the past, present, and future of anti-Asian bias in America and how we can stand together for racial justice and equality for all.
Watch the film, then join us for the program on Wednesday, August 12 at 4 p.m. (PDT).
This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using Eventbrite link below.
Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity.
This event is co-sponsored by the University Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian-American Students and Scholars at Penn, Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) at Penn, Penn Libraries, and the Penn Program on Asian American Studies in partnership with JANM.
Image: Instructions to All Persons poster, paired with Order 41. (Gift of James V. Gatewood, 99.243.2).
Members Only Meet-and-Greet with Naomi Hirahara and Kathleen Burkinshaw
All members are invited to meet authors Naomi Hirahara and Kathleen Burkinshaw for a virtual Members Only Meet-and-Greet before our authors talk at 12 p.m. (PDT).
Naomi Hirahara is an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer, social historian, and a former editor of The Rafu Shimpo. Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author of The Last Cherry Blossom, a United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Resource for Teachers & Students. Both are children of hibakusha, survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Join them for an exclusive conversation on how their family histories impact their writing and their work as both novelists and advocates.
This program is FREE for all members, but RSVPs are required at the link below, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 213.830.5646. Please note you only need to register once per device.
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Daughters of Hibakusha Tell Hiroshima Stories
Two award-winning Japanese American authors, Kathleen Burkinshaw and Naomi Hirahara, join together for the first time to discuss how they felt compelled to tell the stories of their Hiroshima hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) parents through novels.
Burkinshaw’s middle-grade book, The Last Cherry Blossom, has become a resource for teachers and students under the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Hirahara’s Mas Arai mysteries span seven books, with the last Edgar Award-nominated one, Hiroshima Boy, being translated in Japanese for a 2021 release by Shogakukan. These two women, who live on different sides of the United States, will also share the back story of their novels, the problems of white-washing the atomic-bombing, and their quest for peace.
RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom on Saturday, August 15 at 12 p.m. (PDT). Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact email@example.com if you have any additional questions or specific access needs.
Tea & Letter Writing: Writing for Freedom
For many currently incarcerated individuals, letters are one of the only means of communication with loved ones or supporters. These letters become messages of solidarity, hope, and future liberation. In this session, we will be writing to those currently incarcerated in San Quentin State Prison and reflecting on what freedom for all truly means in this time.
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. Make yourself a warm (or iced!) cup of tea, get comfortable, and join us online! All ages are welcome to participate.
This program is FREE, but RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom on Wednesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. (PDT). Please confirm that the email that you register with is the best way to reach you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.
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.