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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. 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.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 PM

REFLECTIONS/REFRACTIONS—Ten Works Inspired by At First Light

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FREE

An ad man coined the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” in the 1920s to emphasize the power of graphics to compel the viewer to adopt an idea or buy a product. But a picture can also be the springboard for new interpretations and the reimagination of the physical object, people, or places depicted. In that spirit, we reached out to ten literary arts practitioners to visit the At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America exhibition and select one still or moving image sequence on display that resonates with them and sparks their creative juices. They were then asked to compose an original five-minute performance piece based on that image.

Musicians Dom Magwili and Tajii Miyagawa will provide the opening and closing for this special evening where the power of words, images, and performance meld into an experience of invention, reflection, and inspiration.

ARTISTS: Teresa Mei Chuc, Naomi Hirahara, Miya Iwataki, traci kato-kiriyama, Kenji Liu, Koji Steven Sakai, Irene Soriano, Amy Uyematsu, Eric Wat, and Stan Yogi.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended. For more information about the program and the participants, read the press release. For updates, please visit vcmedia.org.

Photo: Members of UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union sing to demand tenure for the school’s sociology professor Don T. Nakanishi during a May 1988 rally at the front steps of historic Campbell Hall, near the exact location where Black Panther Party members and UCLA honors students “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins were gunned down in January 1969. (Abraham Ferrer/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

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Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Museum Day event.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Hanashi Oral History Pop Up

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FREE

Come see a selection of Go For Broke National Education Center’s Hanashi (“to talk”) Oral Histories. GFBNEC has been recording interviews of Nisei veterans of World War II as well as their contemporaries in the armed forces for over twenty years. Stay for as many interviews as you like; this day-long opportunity does not have formal presentations or introductions.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:30 PM—3:30 PM

Detained in America: Children Speak

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FREE and open to the public

JANM Plaza: 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Screenings (17 min each): 12:30 p.m. • 3:40 p.m. • 4:10 p.m.

Conceived and created by Amy Cohen and Claudia Sobral, “Detained in America: Children Speak” is a program of child voices describing the trauma inflicted by US government policies on the young and innocent. Hosted by the Japanese American National Museum, the program’s organizers include The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Immigrant Families Together (IFT), and Bend the Arc.

Demonstrating how American policies that cruelly target children and families echo from one century to the next, the program will feature Japanese American children reading excerpts from archival letters by those imprisoned in concentration camps. Then, local children will read quotes from the declarations of their asylum-seeking age-mates, recently taken from their families and incarcerated in detention facilities and immigration camps.

Also to be screened three times (12:30 p.m./3:40 p.m./4:10 p.m.) will be the clay animation film, Estrella, written and produced by 7th grade students from Keewanee, Illinois. The afternoon’s program will close with a presentation by the film’s student narrator and the teacher who guided his students through this project of education, empathy, and creative child empowerment.

For more information on “Detained in America: Children Speak,” please contact Amy Cohen at acohen8919@mac.com or Claudia Sobral at claudiaesobral@gmail.com.

Museum admission is free as part of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

Image courtesy of American Pediatrics Association

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 AM—3:30 PM

Making Waves: A Changing Tides Mental Health Conference

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This day-long conference will offer a safe space for the API community to address, examine, and understand mental health in its various forms. Conference plenaries will be interspersed with workshops and small group discussions that focus on specific topics related to mental health.

The conversation around mental health within the API community is one that has been and continues to be highly stigmatized due to several external and internal factors. The goal of this event will be to shed a positive light on these topics and allow for a space where open conversations about mental health can be held.

General Admission: $15
JANM members/Students: $12

Lunch will be provided. JANM members—contact memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646 for discount code.

Please check thechangingtides.org for information about Changing Tides.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
1:30 PM—5:00 PM

Crushing the Myth

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Crushing the Myth is a nationwide speaker series that features Asian Americans and allies as they share stories and perspectives to build an active community of leaders, thinkers, and influencers to move beyond the “Model Minority” label. Check the ticket link for updates about speakers/topics.

Early bird pricing (through October 6): $10
General admission: $15
Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link below.

Saturday, October 26, 2019
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting

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The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank.

The meeting is included with museum admission. RSVP is required. Please note that general admission rates are increasing as of August 16, 2019.

To RSVP or for more information, email info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/nikkeigen. Limited to 35 participants.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

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