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

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

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Poet, essayist, educator, activist, and foremother of Asian American feminism, Mitsuye Yamada will read from her newest collection of poetry, Full Circle: New and Selected Poems. The celebration will also uplift the voices of generations of other Japanese American women writers, including special guests Diane Fujino, Miya Iwataki, Amy Uyematsu, Brynn Saito, and Diana Tsuchida. Live music by Kyoko Takenaka will accompany the dynamic readings. The program will be emceed by kyoko nakamaru. 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

Saturday, July 27, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

442 Graphic Novel Talk and Drawing Workshop with Rob Sato

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SOLD OUT

FREE

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.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. We will begin seating at 1:30 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 1:40 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 1:55 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

Available at the JANM Store.

In the Weingart Foundation Garden Foyer

Friday, July 12, 2019
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Building the Asian American Movement: Then and Now

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SOLD OUT

FREE

Take a cross-generational look at the challenges and opportunities Asian American communities face as they continue to grow and engage in political action. Hear from a panel of Asian American activists who span the 1970s to the present. Learn about what motivated them to become politically charged and find what out what they believe it means to be an activist in today’s world and what issues continue to spur activism. The panelists have deep experience in student organizing, anti-gentrification campaigns, immigrant worker organizing, and other political campaigns.

Panelist include Florante Ibanez, Miya Iwataki, Sandy Maeshiro, Tiffany Do, Frances Huynh, Sophia Cheng, Jonathan Paik, and Sophia Chenge. Eddie Wong, co-founder of Visual Communications, the first Asian Pacific American media organization in the country, will moderate. This multi-generational dialog is intended to help build a stronger political movement.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended.

THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT
If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 7 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 7:25 p.m.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America
Thursday, July 11, 2019
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

What IS a Concentration Camp?

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

SOLD OUT

FREE, but RSVPs are required

During World War II, Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast of the United States and incarcerated in remote camps in the nation’s interior. Their only crime was being of Japanese ancestry. For many years, the incarcerees and their descendants have struggled with the correct terminology to describe what happened during the war, but the Japanese American National Museum and other groups like the Japanese American Citizens League as well as scholars of Asian American history have been clear on this issue: people of Japanese ancestry were placed in concentration camps. That phrase continues to mean different things to different people, though.

Actor and activist George Takei, a camp survivor himself, will join JANM Chief Curator Karen Ishizuka in a discussion of the use of the term “concentration camp” throughout history, how and why JANM came to use the term, and its use today with regard to refugees and migrants.

This program is free, but RSVPs are required.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 6:15 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Toyo Miyatake Studios.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 29, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Returning to California: Post-Camp Stories

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

Regarded as “worse than camp” by many Nikkei, the immediate post-incarceration period is often overlooked in Japanese American history. The war had ended but returning families faced continued hostility and backlash coupled with very difficult housing and job markets.

Join JANM’s Collection Manager Kristen Hayashi and Densho Content Director Brian Niiya as they discuss aspects of this time period. Hayashi will talk about the unique situation of Japanese Americans in Los Angeles during the post-war years and Niiya will provide an overview of stories from throughout California based on Densho interviews with those who returned.

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

Presented in partnership with Densho.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 25, 2019
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

At First Light—Opening Day Discussion

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

To commemorate the opening day of the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America, JANM will host Visual Communications (VC) co-founders and exhibition curators Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, and Eddie Wong in a panel discussion about the history of VC and the creation of this show. They will be joined by scholar, author, producer, and JANM Chief Curator Karen Ishizuka, who will moderate the discussion, helping to place VC’s history as the first Asian Pacific American media organization in the country within the context of today’s changing world.

Light refreshments will be served following the program. Included with museum admission. Space is limited. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

In conjunction with the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America
 

 

 

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