Calendar of Events — December 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 email@example.com 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.
Japanese American in New York: Nikkei Trans-regional Dialogue
$10 suggested donation
Telling the lesser-known history of Nikkei on the East Coast—a community vastly different from West Coast Japanese Americans—author-historian, consultant, and attorney Daniel H. Inouye explores the unique stories of a divided community of Japanese New Yorkers before World War II. Through a wealth of primary sources, including oral histories, memoirs, newspapers, government documents, photographs, and more, his award-winning book Distant Islands: The Japanese American Community in New York City, 1876–1930s dives into the often unacknowledged rich history of New York Japanese American Issei and Nisei.
Inouye will discuss his book, focusing on a book chapter that examines the experiences of college students. He will be joined by award-winning journalist Fred Katayama who will add a comparative contemporary dimension to the discussion. Katayama will discuss his experiences as a college student and an early career professional in New York City between the late 1970s and early 1990s. Both speakers will address differences in trans-regional Japanese American experiences and answer audience questions.
Tea & Letter Writing: Letters of Warmth
$10 suggested donation
Gather with us in the comfort of your own home to share tea and conversation! As winter settles in, we will be writing letters of compassion and support to those currently incarcerated in Otay Mesa Detention Center in Southern California and spending some time in personal reflection. Prompts will be provided by special guests and traci kato-kiriyama, former Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence at JANM. Make yourself a cup of tea, get comfortable, and join us online for this interactive monthly program! All ages are welcome to participate.
RSVPs are required using the form below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom. 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.
Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10).
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.
Family History Workshop: Genealogy for All Ages!
$10 suggested donation
Learn how to do genealogical research, even while physically distanced, with family members of all ages! We'll highlight activities you can do with children - particularly those engaged in distance learning - to help your family stay connected. Find creative ways to share your family stories across generations and how to get started with your genealogical research from home.
This workshop will be led by Marisa Louie Lee, an independent researcher, genealogy speaker, and mom of two young children, and members of the Nikkei Genealogical Society.
RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join our conversation on Zoom. 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 concerns.
In partnership with Nikkei Genealogical Society
A Taste of Home: Recipes for Celebration
For many holidays, both distinctly “American” and traditionally Japanese, Japanese American families share meals specifically prepared for the occasion. From oshogatsu (New Years Day) to Christmas, these flavors are closely tied to memories, festivities, and cultural practices. Even while incarcerated during WWII, Japanese Americans held on to their traditions and celebrations, highlighting their perseverance and the importance of joyful gathering even in difficult times.
In the second part of this series, we will explore how Japanese American cultural holiday traditions, such as mochitsuki, or mochi making, have adapted over time with JANM Curator, Emily Anderson, Ph.D, and get a glimpse of what items from our collection reflect these stories. We will also hear firsthand from several generations of Japanese American home cooks about their own family holiday recipes. Finally, audiences will learn how to cook the traditional first meal of the year, ozoni, with cookbook author and designer, Azusa Oda, in an easy cooking demo and tutorial.
This program is part of the series “A Taste of Home,” supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles.
Discover Nikkei’s Nima Voices: Episode 2—Erik Matsunaga
Discover Nikkei is JANM’s international community-based web project sharing stories and the experiences of Nikkei around the world. “Nima” are members of the Discover Nikkei online community. Hailing from all around the world, they each bring unique experiences and perspectives to the site’s rich archive of stories.
“Nima Voices” is an interview series where we uplift our Nima through brief, but enlightening, interviews! In the second episode, hear from Discover Nikkei contributor Erik Matsunaga as he is interviewed by our guest host, award-winning author Naomi Hirahara.
In addition to sharing his stories on Discover Nikkei, Erik Matsunaga’s investigations into the history of Chicago’s Japanese American community have been featured by the Japanese American National Museum, Alphawood Gallery, WBEZ Radio, and the Newberry Library. Born in Chicago, a descendant of WWII-era Nikkei resettlers from California, he curates @windycitynikkei—“Bite-sized Glimpses of Japanese American Chicago”—on Instagram. Read Erik’s work here before tuning in for this live interview and Q&A on the Discover Nikkei YouTube channel.
Naomi Hirahara is the author of the Edgar Award-winning Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Kibei Nisei gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes, Officer Ellie Rush series, and now the new Leilani Santiago mysteries. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo, she has written a number of nonfiction books on the Japanese American experience and several 12-part serials for Discover Nikkei. Her historical mystery, Clark and Division, set in 1944 Chicago, will be released in August 2021 by Soho Crime. Read Naomi’s stories on Discover Nikkei.
The term “Nima” comes from combining Nikkei and nakama (Japanese for “colleagues”, or “fellows”, or “circle”). Join our Nima-kai community and share your stories about the Nikkei experience! Explore more stories at discovernikkei.org.
Click the button below to watch the program live on December 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. (PST)
We encourage you to subscribe to the Discover Nikkei YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live.
JANM Digital Film Festival: Crossroads: Boyle Heights Q&A
A neighborhood is made up of people and places. It is defined through the experiences of those who consider it home. And it holds their hopes for the future and their memories of the past. In 2002, the exhibition, Boyle Heights: The Power of Place, celebrated these experiences and memories of Boyle Heights, a vibrant, multiethnic, and multicultural Los Angeles neighborhood. The short film, Crossroads: Boyle Heights (2002), was produced for the exhibition to highlight the voices and faces of this Boyle Heights community. Join producers and curators Sojin Kim and Claudia Sobral, along with Chicano Artivista Quetzal Flores, musician, writer, and producer Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, and JANM VP of Exhibitions and Art Director Clement Hanami for a retrospective Q&A about the short film and exhibition.
About the Film: The neighborhood of Boyle Heights is located just east of downtown between the Los Angeles River and the city boundary. It has been home to people who have come to Los Angeles from different cities, states, and countries and who brought with them their diverse beliefs, traditions and languages. Through the stories of past and present neighborhood residents, Crossroads: Boyle Heights (2002) explores how the experiences and memories of many generations of Angelenos intersect in this powerful place. Produced by John Esaki, Claudia Sobral, and Sojin Kim.
Crossroads is available to stream starting December 4th on JANM’s YouTube Channel
The JANM Digital Film Festival (JDFF) highlights works produced by the Emmy Award winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center through virtual screenings and live Q&A sessions with those involved with the films.
Click on the button below to watch the program live on Friday, December 18th at 5 p.m. (PST):
Purchase the DVD of Crossroads: Boyle Heights at the JANM Store (includes bonus content)
We are thankful for the generosity of our members and audiences. Virtual programs like this are made possible with your support. Donate now to support future programming and digital content.