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Saturday, September 15, 2018
2:00 PM

Kaiju vs Heroes Opening Day Panel and Signing

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In conjunction with the opening of Kaiju vs. Heroes, toy designer and collector Mark Nagata and Marusan toy company President Eiji Kaminaga will participate in a discussion about kaiju toy history, the world of Japanese toy collecting, and their companies’ histories (Nagata is the founder of Max Toy Company). The Marusan toy company created some of the first vinyl kaiju and hero toys of the 1960s and these toys make up a significant part of Nagata’s collection.

The conversation will be moderated by Brad Warner, who worked for 15 years at Tsuburaya Productions, the makers of the Ultraman television shows. Warner is now an author and teacher of Zen Buddhism.

Following the discussion, Mark Nagata will sign copies of Toy Karma, an accompanying book by and about Nagata, as well as a 13" x 19" print (10" x 17" image size) featuring a kaiju and hero image by toy photographer Brian McCarty, who will also be signing the print. The book is $24.95 and the print is $50. Both can be purchased the day of the event.

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

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, September 8, 2018
2:00 PM

Hapa Writers in Conversation

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In conjunction with JANM’s hapa.me exhibition, creator and photographer Kip Fulbeck will moderate a conversation with hapa writers covering topics including Asian American identity, drawing from personal stories, and how cultural education influences their storytelling.

The panel will include New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Love and Other Consolation Prizes) and award-winning playwright, essayist, poet, author, editor, and screenwriter Velina Hasu Houston.

hapa.me catalog signing to follow.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00 PM

The Etymology of Hapa

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In conjunction with JANM’s hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project exhibition, scholar Richard Keao NeSmith will discuss the origins and evolution of the word hapa, the Hawaiian interpretation of the English word “half.” His talk will address varying perspectives on who is hapa, who can or should rightfully use the term, and what linguists call the etymological process of conversion.

NeSmith has written an essay included in the hapa.me catalog (available at the JANM Store after April 7); he will sign copies following the program.

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

In conjunction with the exhibition hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, April 14, 2018
3:00 PM

CANCELLED: The Breakfast Club: An Asian American Staged Reading

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Join us for the latest effort from No Shortage of Asian Talent, a group formed to combat the severe lack of Asian Pacific Islander American representation in Hollywood by demonstrating the breadth of available APIA talent.

An all-APIA cast will perform a staged reading of John Hughes’ classic 1995 film, The Breakfast Club, in which five high school students are forced to confront their identities during a Saturday detention session.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 PM

Transpacific Borderlands Artist Talk

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On the closing day of Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, join exhibition curator Clement Hanami and exhibiting artist Shinpei Takeda for a conversation on social representation and cultural context across borders. How do borderlands function as a space for exchanging ideas and culture? How do artworks take on new cultural and historical meanings when displayed to a new audience? What is the role of the artist and his/her practice?

The talk will be moderated by Selene Preciado, an independent curator and Program Assistant at the Getty Foundation, and include time for audience Q&A.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 27, 2017
2:00 PM

Staged Reading—Nisei

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Created by Richard Allen and Eliot John Hagen and developed with the assistance of Koji Steven Sakai and Tim Southam, Nisei is a new TV pilot that follows Kenji Takagi, veteran of the WWII 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and his family after they’re released from the Tule Lake concentration camp in 1946.

Join us for a staged reading in advance of the pilot’s production. Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Learn more about the pilot and its characters on Discover Nikkei.

 

 

 

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