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Thursday, May 19, 2016
7:00 PM

APIA Heritage Month Program—Asian American Child Actors Panel Discussion



In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, join us for a special panel discussion with the Asian American child stars of today. Moderated by writer Jeff Yang, the panel will feature Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen of Fresh Off the Boat; Ashley Liao of the Netflix original series Fuller House; and Lance Lim of Nickelodeon’s School of Rock. The actors will talk about their lives, their work, and what it’s like to be famous at such a young age.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Please note that the date for this program has changed.

This program is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Photo: Forrest Wheeler

Saturday, May 7, 2016
2:00 PM

Dramatic Reading—Moss on the Mirror by Warren Sata


Moss on the Mirror is a fictional story inspired by the life and work of renowned photographer Toyo Miyatake. Taking place in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district in the late 1920s and early 1930s, where Miyatake’s practice flourished before World War II, the play examines the creativity, hope, and optimism, as well as the struggles and challenges, of the Japanese immigrant photographers community. Although not a literal retelling of actual events, the piece seeks to transport audiences to the feelings and circumstances of those times.

Moss on the Mirror was written by Warren Sata, a relative of J.T. Sata, who is a featured photographer in the exhibition Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940.

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

Photo: Toyo Miyatake, Charles Teske, 1927. The Toyo Miyatake Collection.

Saturday, April 16, 2016
2:00 PM

Recollections of Family History


In this panel discussion moderated by exhibition curator Dennis Reed, family members of photographers featured in Making Waves will discuss the artists’ lives and activities.

The discussion will move through three time periods—the 1920s and ’30s, the World War II incarceration, and the postwar period—and include time for audience Q&A. Confirmed participants include representatives from the families of Harry Hayashida, Toyo Miyatake, J.T. Sata, and Shigemi Uyeda.

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

Photo: Toyo Miyatake, Charles Teske, 1927. The Toyo Miyatake Collection.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
2:00 PM

Lecture: Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank



Bill Jeffries and Grace Eiko Thomson, co-curators of Two Views, will discuss their exhibition.

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

Saturday, March 5, 2016
2:00 PM

Rediscovering Japanese American Photography


In conjunction with Making Waves, historian and exhibition curator Dennis Reed will introduce and lead a panel discussion on the recovery of Japanese American photographs.

Panelists will include David F. Martin, author and curator; Robert Hori, Cultural Curator, Huntington Library; and Stephen White, writer and dealer, all of whom have played a role in saving once-lost works by Japanese American photographers. Each is also a lender to Making Waves.

Discussion will include the back stories of works in the exhibition, from items found in dumpsters to those held in family archives, and conclude with an audience Q&A.

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

Photo: Taizo Kato, Untitled (Woman with Fan), before 1924. Stephen White Collection II.

Saturday, October 17, 2015
2:00 PM

Lecture and Discussion—The 100th/442nd’s Campaigns in Vosges, France


Sylvie and Hervé Claudon will share their extensive research into the World War II liberation of their native Vosges Mountain region in France.

As a young boy, Hervé was fascinated by WWII stories of courage and strength demonstrated by the French Resistance and also by “the Hawaiians,” the local name given to the Nisei soldiers who helped to liberate his hometown of Bruyères from a prolonged occupation by German troops.

Since the 1980s, Hervé and his wife Sylvie have studied the Vosges Campaigns together and worked on a variety of commemorative projects. From interviews with the local French people as well as the Nisei soldiers, they have been able to map out the events that took place, and Hervé has organized plaques at specific locations to commemorate the heroic Nisei sacrifices. For example, working with Medal of Honor recipient Joe Sakato, Hervé located Hill 617, the hill Sakato charged as a diversionary tactic during the rescue of the Lost Battalion.

Hervé and Sylvie’s presentation will offer a uniquely French perspective on the contributions of the 100th/442nd.

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




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