Series: Art, Culture & Identity
All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.
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Play—Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) by Velina Hasu Houston
Inspired by the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Velina Hasu Houston’s play Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) follows the Mayeda sisters as they move from an incarceration camp to an uncertain, changing future for Asian Americans.
Told from the perspective of Josephine Mayeda, the second oldest daughter of Marmee Chang Mayeda and Makoto Mayeda, we follow her journey from adolescent dreamer to professional writer. All the while, the family’s story is framed through the greater context of the American Dream. Houston’s take on the classic novel and its characters offers a perspective steeped in the rich history of not only America but the Los Angeles of the present and future.
$25 general admission, $20 JANM members.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Artist Conversation with Mark Nagata
12:30 p.m.–1 p.m.: Artist Conversation
1 p.m.–2 p.m.: Toy and Print Signing with Mark Nagata and Gerald Okamura
Presented in conjunction with Oshogatsu Family Festival
To mark the release of Kaiju vs Heroes artist Mark Nagata’s latest special edition sofubi toy figure—an homage to the character played by Gerald Okamura in the movie Big Trouble in Little China—Nagata will discuss how this project came to fruition. Reserved seating for JANM members.
Nagata and Okamura will sign figures and a special print of the header art for the toy. The figure is hand-painted by Mark and limited to 45 pieces. Express line for members.