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Sunday, February 1, 1998
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Lost Battalions: Going for Broke in the Vosges, Autumn 1944 by Franz Steidl

Meet the author of Lost Battalions, Franz Steidl. Lost Battalions chronicles the fate of the 1st Battalion of the 141st “Alamo” Regiment, cut off for five days behind German lines, and the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team which came to the rescue. At the same time, only five miles north, a 1000-man battalion from Salzburg, Austria, simply “vanished.” The mountain troops sent to link up with them soon found themselves surrounded and holding a mountain pass against overwhelming odds. Lost Battalions, as told by the men from both sides of the war, is an extraordinary story of courage, honor, dishonor, and humanity. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested by January 27.

Sunday, January 11, 1998
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita

A bizarre set of circumstances are set in motion by an orange brought to Los Angeles from Mexico. Join us for an afternoon reading from Karen’s latest work. Her writing captures the essence of the incongruity of our modern lives and offers a tumultuous look at the diversity of American society. Free with Museum admission. Reservations suggested by January 7.

Saturday, November 22, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Internment Writings, 1942-1945 by Gordon Chang

Yamato Ichihashi was one of the first academics of Japanese ancestry in the United States. Gordon Chang, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, will discuss the writings of Yamato Ichihashi writings from concentration camps during World War II. These wartime writings offer the first complete first-hand account of internment. Please join us for this book party in celebration of the Japanese American spirit. Free with Museum admission.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department.

Sunday, November 16, 1997
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Karaoke U

Workshop and Book Signing

Scott Shirai, author of Karaoke Sing Along Guide To Fun & Confidence and karaoke instructor, joins us from Hawai‘i for a hands-on, interactive afternoon of Karaoke! Shirai will share techniques for improving our voices and boosting our self-confidence at karaoke. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required by November 12. Limited seating.

Thursday, November 6, 1997
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Outspeaks a Rhapsody by Albert Saijo

Thursday Evenings at the Museum

Albert Saijo of the Beat Generation joins us from Hawai‘i for an evening of selected readings from his works. Saijo, author of Trip Trap with Jack Kerouac and Lew Welch, offers us Outspeaks a Rhapsody and slips anonymously “thru crowd unnoticed old fart in zoris gravy on shirt front—say whatever you want it doesn’t matter to me—love to you all with mucho thanx for your loving energy in this matter.” Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating available.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department.

Saturday, October 18, 1997
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Toyotomi Blades After Hours Book Party & Reception

Featuring: Dale Furutani

The mystery continues as Ted Tanaka receives an invitation to appear on Japanese television because of the events found in the first book in the series, Death in Little Tokyo. While on his first trip to Japan, he stumbles across a legend involving six sword blades which, when fitted together, form a map pointing to a treasure hidden for almost 400 years. Unfortunately, Ken is not the only one to know about this legend, as two brutal murders prove.

Dale Furutani is the first Asian American nominated for a major mystery award, and Toyotomi Blades is the second novel in Dale’s mystery series. Fee includes an autographed copy of Toyotomi Blades, light reception, and live taiko drumming. Members $20 per couple, non-members $30 per couple. Call the Museum’s Public Programs office, ext. 344 for reservations which are required by October 1. Payment must be received in full to secure reservation.




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