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Sunday, January 6, 2019
12:30 PM—2:00 PM

Artist Conversation with Mark Nagata

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FREE

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.

Saturday, December 15, 2018
5:00 PM

Play—Little Women (A Multicultural Transposition) by Velina Hasu Houston

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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

Saturday, November 3, 2018
2:00 PM

No-No Boy: A Multimedia Concert

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No-No Boy is a multimedia concert performed by Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese American incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.

In addition to their multimedia concert, Saporiti and Aoyama are often asked to visit college and high school classrooms to put on workshops that explore topics such as immigration, refugees, war, trauma, and how they use art and scholarship to navigate these issues in today’s society. They will be embarking on a national tour in the fall of 2018.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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
 

 

 

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