Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Books & Conversations

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.


Saturday, June 4, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice by Lorraine K. Bannai


In 1942, 22-year-old Fred Korematsu refused to comply with orders that culminated in the forced removal of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast, resulting in Korematsu v. United States—one of the most infamous cases in Supreme Court history. The court affirmed his conviction, holding that the mass removal of Japanese Americans was justified by military necessity. Forty years later, Korematsu successfully reopened his case on proof that the wartime government had lied to the Court, helping to pave the way for redress for the Japanese American community.

Korematsu went on to travel the country to speak about his case and warn against sacrificing civil liberties during times of perceived crisis—lessons even more relevant today as some in the country have turned on Muslims, persons of Middle Eastern descent, and those perceived to look like them following recent terrorist attacks. For his efforts, Korematsu was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 1998.

Lorraine Bannai was an attorney on the legal team that successfully pursued Korematsu’s 1983 coram nobis case. Her compelling book tells Korematsu’s story and explores the ways in which his case and the wartime incarceration continue to be relevant to American society today.

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

This book is available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with author Lorraine Bannai about the case and Enduring Conviction on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
2:00 PM

Author Discussion and Activist Panel—Serve the People by Karen L. Ishizuka


Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties tells the story of the social and cultural movement that knit disparate communities of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans into a political identity. Drawing on more than 120 interviews and illustrated with striking images from guerrilla publications, the book’s vivid narrative reveals the personal epiphanies and intimate stories of insurgent movers and shakers and ground-level activists alike. Serve the People paints a panoramic landscape of a radical time and aims to be the definitive history of Asian American political consciousness.

Recently honored at JANM’s 2016 Gala Dinner for her pioneering work in establishing the museum’s moving image collection and its Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, author Karen L. Ishizuka will lead a panel discussion on the Asian American movement in Los Angeles.

Featured will be three activists included in her book: Warren T. Furutani, an educator and politician who is currently in the running for California State Senator; Mike Murase, attorney, current Director of Service Programs for the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and co-founder of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; and Qris Yamashita, a graphic designer and artist whose unique graphic style helped to form a visual identity for the Japanese American and Asian Pacific American community. Also joining the panel will be traci kato-kiriyama, artist, educator, community organizer, and co-founder of Tuesday Night Project, a free public program dedicated to presenting AAPI artists and community organizations.

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

Serve the People is available at the JANM Store.

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