Books & Conversations Past Events
Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II
Lecture and Book Signing
Photographer Joan Myers and Gary Okihiro, Ph.D., essayist of the book Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II, join the Museum to speak about this extraordinary publication and the exhibition currently on view in the Museum’s Legacy Center.
Joan Myers is a respected fine art and documentary photographer who journeyed across the western United States to photograph the remains of all ten concentration camps. Historian Okihiro tells the story of the camps from the reminiscences of former internees, giving voice to Myers’ photographs’ stark images. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission.
With Obligation to All by George Ariyoshi
The Museum is pleased to present a very special book signing with former Governor of Hawai'i, George Ariyoshi. Mr. Ariyoshi had the distinction of being the first Japanese American lieutenant governor and governor in the nation and in his long political career, he has never lost an election. Join Mr. Ariyoshi as he talks about his biography, With Obligation to All and signs his books. Reservations required. Free with Museum admission. Limited seating available.
Honor Thy Children
Featuring: Al Nakatani
Honor Thy Children beautifully and poignantly chronicles the transformation of Jane and Al Nakatani which is brought on by the devastating loss of all of their children. It tells the story of one family’s journey from grief to healing—from the repudiation of their eldest son upon learning he is gay, to the total acceptance and support of their youngest son Guy—enabling him to live and die with peace and dignity.
Presented in partnership with the Asian Pacific American AIDS Intervention Team and the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA). Free with Museum admission. Reservations recommended.
Farewell to Manzanar
Featuring: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston joins the Museum in reading and discussing her highly acclaimed book Farewell to Manzanar. With intense details and moving words, Houston describes the fate of her family and the majority of Japanese Americans, during and after World War II. Ms. Houston will also read new works. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Reflections: Memoirs of Japanese American Women in Minnesota
Book Reading and Signing
John N. Tsuchida, editor of Reflections: Memoirs of Japanese Women in Minnesota, joins the Museum to sign and read from this extraordinary book. This rich anthology of memoirs includes works by fourteen Japanese American women in Minnesota which tells of their experiences and effects of World War II, racism, discrimination, and their endurance, strength, and personal success. Free with Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Asian American Writer's Workshop Readings
Thursday Evening at the Museum Book Readings
Featuring: Russell Leong, Jeff T. Masuda, Reena Sharma, and Irene Suico Soriano
Four Los Angeles-based Asian American writers who have appeared in various publications by the New York-based Asian American Writer’s Workshop will be featured. Russell Leong has contributed to numberous anthologies and is currently writing a book of short stories, Phoenix Eyes. Jeff T. Masuda is a former journalist and is currently writing a novel, Black Sheep, about five Asian American boys in West Los Angeles. Irene Suico Soriano who curated the successful “Wrestling Tigers: Asian American Writers Speak” series at the Museum will read from her writings.
Free admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.