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Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00 PM

The Etymology of Hapa


In conjunction with JANM’s – 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 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 – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, April 14, 2018
3:00 PM

CANCELLED: The Breakfast Club: An Asian American Staged Reading


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


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


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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Reconstructing Memories: An Art Workshop with Mike Saijo


In conjunction with Instructions to All Persons, exhibiting artist Mike Saijo will lead this daylong drop-in workshop exploring our connections to history and current events. Photographs of participants will be printed onto pages that they choose from local newspapers and then mounted on wood panels for them to take home.

Guests may come and go as they please, but limit is 16 at any given time. No reservations necessary; first 100 people, or while supplies last. Free with museum admission. Recommended for all ages. Activity takes about an hour.

Read our interview with Mike Saijo about his art on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
12:30 PM

Performance—Residence Elsewhere


In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons, East West Players Theatre for Youth has developed a special play exploring the effects of the World War II incarceration.

Free with museum admission. No RSVP necessary. Space is limited; first come, first served.




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