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All programs are free for JANM members and included 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 rsvp@janm.org 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, February 2, 2019
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy

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FREE

Join us for the Los Angeles launch of the book John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy.

John Okada’s only published work, No-No Boy, is about a Japanese American who refuses to fight for the country that incarcerated him and his people in World War II. When released in 1957, the novel languished in obscurity until it was rediscovered and reissued in 1976 to become a celebrated classic of American literature.

Frank Abe, a journalist and producer of the PBS documentary Conscience and the Constitution, and Greg Robinson, professor of history at Université du Québec a Montréal, edited John Okada (with Floyd Cheung) and will be on hand to discuss the first full-length examination of Okada’s development as a writer. Moderating the discussion will be Brian Niiya, Content Director of Densho.org, an organization whose mission is to preserve the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Book signing to follow. John Okada is available at the JANM Store.

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

 

RSVP FOR FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION
Also on February 2, JANM is participating in the 14th Annual Museums Free-for-All day. If you would like to view our exhibitions in addition to attending the author discussion, please also RSVP using this link for free admission that day.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, February 23, 2019
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—American Sutra by Duncan Williams

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American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War by Duncan Williams

FREE

Duncan Ryuken Williams, a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, will speak about his new book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom During the Second World War (Harvard University Press, February 2019), about the Japanese American Buddhist experience in the WWII incarceration camps.

Williams will explore questions of faith, identity, and resilience in the face of dislocation, loss, and uncertainty. He will also focus on the importance of upholding bedrock American values—religious freedom, tolerance, social and racial justice, and civil liberties—in our historical moment. His presentation will be followed by comments and discussion with Brian Niiya (Content Director, Densho), Naomi Hirahara (award-winning author and historian), and Valerie Matsumoto (UCLA Aratani Chair on the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community).

Reception and book signing will follow. This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

American Sutra will be available for purchase at the program and at the JANM Store starting February 24.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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