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Saturday, May 11, 2019
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Reading and Signing—Ninja Mom and Tengonis in the Tiki

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It’s the first day of young Kimi’s ninja training when a group of monsters is accidentally unleashed. She’ll need help from her ninja mom, inventor dad, and grandmother warrior bachan to get through her first ninja lesson!

Author Ren Hanami and illustrator Don Schmidt will be at JANM to read from their book, Ninja Mom and Tengonis in the Tiki. They will also provide a short martial arts demonstration for children in the audience and sign books following the reading.

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

Available at the JANM Store.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, February 23, 2019
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—American Sutra by Duncan Williams

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

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 in mid/late March.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

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 EVENT IS SOLD OUT
If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 1:15 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 1:50 p.m.

Learn more about John Okada and the book on Discover Nikkei (No-No Boy Author John Okada, Rediscovered”) and the JANM blog (“The Impact of John Okada on American Literature”).

 

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, August 25, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Nisei Naysayer: The Memoir of Militant Japanese American Journalist Jimmie Omura by James Matsumoto Omura; edited by Arthur A. Hansen

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

The late journalist James “Jimmie” Omura was among the fiercest opponents of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. In his sharply written columns, Omura called out leaders in the Nikkei community for what he saw as their complicity with the US government’s unjust and unconstitutional policies. Among the first Nikkei to seek governmental redress and reparations for wartime violations of civil liberties and human rights, Omura paid dearly for his bravery; he was shunned by the Nikkei community and excluded from the standard narrative of Japanese American wartime incarceration until later in life.

In this vividly written memoir, scheduled for release on August 28, Omura provides an account of his early years and attempts to correct the “cockeyed history to which Japanese America has been exposed.” The book is edited and includes an introduction by historian Arthur A. Hansen, who will discuss the book and his friendship with Omura, and features contributions from activists and writers Frank Chin, Yosh Kuromiya, and Frank Abe.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Available at the JANM Store.

Read an interview with editor Art Hansen about Nisei Naysayer on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Life After Manzanar by Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

What happened to Japanese Americans when they were released from America’s concentration camps like Manzanar after World War II ended? Life after Manzanar seeks to answer this question by shedding light on the “Resettlement”—the relatively unexamined postwar period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry were finally released from custody.

Given $25 and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver, Chicago, and New York to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs.

Co-writers Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist will facilitate a discussion regarding different responses to the “resettlement.”

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Available at the JANM Store.

Saturday, March 17, 2018
2:00 PM

Author Discussion—Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

The latest and final installment in the Mas Arai series finds the curmudgeonly detective returning to Hiroshima to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative. However, Mas quickly becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of a teenage boy, who was about the same age he was when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945.

Join award-winning author Naomi Hirahara for a reading and discussion.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Hiroshima Boy will be available at the JANM Store. Visit janmstore.com to purchase copies of the other books in the Mas Arai series.

 

 

 

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