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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 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.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:00 PM

Health Care—A Conversation Determined by You (SoCal Solutions)



What would it take to create a universal access health system in terms of money, time, and a sufficient number of health care providers? This is a question KPCC’s health reporters field often. It’s clear that many share the goal of moving the United States to universal coverage. Less clear: just how this would happen. Is “Medicare for all” the answer? What about a “single-payer” system?

Join KPCC In Person, JANM’s National Center for the Preservation for Democracy, and KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan for a panel of policy experts and activists to address these questions. Guests to be announced. A casual post-event reception will follow the program so that we may continue the conversation.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 22, 2019
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Crushing the Myth


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.

Speakers/topics will include (among others to be announced soon):

  • Debbie Wei Mullin—Copper Cow Coffee and How I’m Crushing the International Food Aisle

  • Koji Steven Sakai—I Teach My Son To Hate Dr. Seuss and Why You Should Too

  • Pastor Ken Fong—How I Used My Superpower to Get Our Church to Embrace Queer and Trans People

  • Godfrey Plata—Rules and Consequences: My Life in Public Education

  • William Lex Ham—Porn and Non-Profits: My Vision as an Asian American Man

  • Early bird pricing (through June 12): $15
    General admission: $20
    Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

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

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019
    7:30 PM

    East West Players: Counter Culture Series reading—God Said This


    A New Play by Leah Nanako Winkler

    Directed by Deena Selenow


    Set in Kentucky, this compelling drama centers around a Japanese American family reuniting as their matriarch undergoes cancer treatment. James, the father, is a recovering alcoholic seeking redemption. His two daughters are struggling to overcome their differences; Sophie is an ardent born-again Christian while Hiro lives the single life in New York. Vividly capturing the complexities of a familial reconciliation in the throes of a crisis, this play looks at the meaning of family and what it means to be Japanese, Southern, and more.

    Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright from Kamakura, Japan, and Lexington, Kentucky. Her other plays include Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theater, East West Players) and Two Mile Hollow (Artists at Play and theaters around the country). She is the inaugural winner of the Mark O’Donnell Prize, the recipient of the 2018 Yale Prize, and a current Jerome Fellow at the Lark.

    The reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019
    7:30 PM

    ZÓCALO—What Will California's Coastline Look Like in 2100?


    A Zócalo/UCLA Downtown Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

    Moderated by Rosanna Xia, Environment Reporter, Los Angeles Times

    If state projections prove right, the sea level along California’s coast will rise 55 inches by the end of this century. That increase, which will be even higher during tidal floods and Pacific storms, would threaten the economies of the coastal counties that 85 percent of Californians call home. And it could spell doom for water sources, major roadways, hazardous waste facilities, military installations, power plants, airports, and seaports. How will this sea level rise change coastal communities, coastal industries from fish to oil, and postcard settings from Big Sur to San Diego? What can be done to mitigate the effects of rising seas and save California treasures? Or will California have to abandon many of its coastal and low-lying areas?

    Atmospheric physicist and director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science Alex Hall, California Coastal Commission member Effie Turnbull-Sanders, and Sean B. Hecht, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law, visit Zócalo to detail the extent to which California could lose its signature coastline.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

    Photo by Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register. Courtesy of the Associated Press..

    Saturday, July 20, 2019
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    The Lives of Samurai Women of Kōchi and the Kunimitsu Family Scroll


    There were as many samurai women as men during the Tokugawa era (1600–1868) in Japan, but their lives are often overlooked.

    Professor Luke Roberts of University of California, Santa Barbara, will speak about his recent research into the lives of samurai women who hailed from Kōchi, an area in southwestern Japan. Following the lecture, Roberts will be joined by Hawaii State Senator Brian Taniguchi and his wife, Jan, to talk about this subject and artifacts from their family.

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

    Presented in partnership with the Nikkei Genealogical Society.

    In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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

    Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting


    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.

    To RSVP or for more information, email or visit the Facebook page at Limited to 35 participants.

    In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

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