Art, Culture & Identity Past Events
Asian American Writers' Workshop Readings
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
The second program in this series will feature readings by lesbian and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander women. Among those reading from their works will be Liz Bahn, Diep Tran, and Denise Uyehara.
Asian American Writers’ Workshop is a non-profit organization based in New York City. Founded in 1991 by a collective of writers, its mission is to facilitate the creation, publication and dissemination of Asian American literature. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Cold Tofu Improv: Wide World of Tofu
See the world through the eyes of tofu lovers. This talented, energetic, multicultural comedy improv group has an amazing assortment of entertainment techniques that will keep you laughing all night. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating.
The History of Taiko in the Japanese American Community
Lecture and discussion
Just thirty years ago there was not a single taiko (Japanese drumming) group in the United States. Today nearly one hundred groups exist in North America and new groups continue to emerge. People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds enjoy listening to and performing taiko and it will continue to be an important element in the community.
Join the Museum for a presentation and discussion of the history and development of Japanese American taiko. This event is being presented in conjunction with the 1997 Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Taiko Conference. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Spotlight on Four Angelenos: Illuminating History Through Ordinary Lives
Performance and Discussion
At the California African American Museum
600 State Drive at Exposition Park, Los Angeles
Second in a three-part series co-sponsored by the Playrights Project, the Angeles Plaza, California Afro American Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum. This project features professional theatre artists who will perform monologues based on the lives of Los Angeles area senior citizens.
One of the featured Angelenos is Kimi Kawamura, a dance instructor who lived through the atomic bomb in World War II in Hiroshima. Her recollections, as dramatized by Denise Uyehara, crystallize one aspect of the Japanese American experience. Sharing the spotlight is Gladys Bankhead, whose life illustrates the African American experience in Los Angeles. Dramatized by Joyce Guy, this story chronicles the 80-year life of a loyal Watts resident and faithful churchgoer. Curator Rick Moss of the California Afro American Museum will use these two stories to explore the similarities and differences between the two communities. This project is made possible by a grant from the California Council on the Humanities.
Fresh Off the Page Series presented by AT&T / East West Players
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
Writers from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute read from their own works—the very latest selections from their new poetry and plays—and perform original monologues, songs, plus a special comic feature: Angry Haiku.
Artists slated to appear include: Luisa Cariaga, Edgar Cayago, John Cho, Doug Cooney, Jason Fong, Leslie Ishii, Mark Jue, Soji Kashiwagi, Eddy Kim, Euijoon Kim, Lucy J. Kim, Wes Mann, Steve Park, John Song, Janice Terukina, and Lisa Yu. This program is funded in part by AT&T. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission. Limited seating available.
Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Japanese American Artist
Lecture Featuring: Tom Wolf, Ph.D.
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953) began life in America like many other Issei (first generation of immigrant Japanese Americans). Following his arrival in 1906, he took on odd jobs in a Spokane railroad yard, a Seattle office building, and as an Imperial Valley farm worker. By the 1930s, he was a well-known, well-respected New York artist. How did this Issei become one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century? Kuniyoshi scholar Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, discusses Kuniyoshi’s work and its relationship to Japanese art. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.