Japanese American National Museum
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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.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing 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. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). 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, July 27, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

442 Graphic Novel Talk and Drawing Workshop with Rob Sato



Enjoy a talk between the authors of 442, a graphic novel by Koji Steven Sakai and Phinneas Kiyomura, who, along with artist Rob Sato, will discuss their collaboration process. Following the discussion, we invite you to participate in a drawing workshop for all skill levels; materials will be provided.

442 follows Hiro, a young man incarcerated at the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II who volunteers for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and joins the battle to rescue the “Lost Battalion.” The 442nd RCT was a segregated unit of Japanese Americans who became the most highly decorated military unit for their size and duration of service.

This program is free, but seating is limited. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

Available at the JANM Store.

In the Weingart Foundation Garden Foyer

Saturday, August 24, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Full Circle—Mitsuye Yamada’s Book Release Celebration and Multigenerational Poetry Reading


Poet, essayist, educator, activist, and foremother of Asian American feminism, Mitsuye Yamada will read from her newest collection of poetry, Full Circle. Joining her are poets spanning five generations, sharing their own creative works and words. Live music by Kyoko Takenaka will accompany these dynamic readings. Yamada will sign copies of the book after the program.

Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Full Circle will be available for purchase at the JANM Store.

Mitsuye Yamada on Discover Nikkei

In February, Mitsuye Yamada was the featured poet for the Nikkei Uncovered monthly poetry column on JANM’s Discover Nikkei website. She shared some thoughts about her upcoming book, as well as three poems, including a new one from Full Circle. Read it now.

Watch clips from a 2018 interview.


In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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