Japanese American National Museum
Events Calendar

Series: Partnerships & Collaborations

All programs are free for JANM members and free 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.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Okaeri 2016: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering


Friday, October 14 – Saturday, October 15

Following the historic launch of Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering in 2014, JANM is proud to host the group’s second conference in 2016.

While the Nikkei community has been a comforting home for many, too many LGBTQ Japanese Americans are estranged from their families and face discrimination. The goal of Okaeri, which means “welcome home” in Japanese, is to support, educate, advocate, and connect so that everyone in the community feels included and welcome. Workshops and plenaries will focus on family acceptance, mental health, transgender education, being a straight ally, building the movement both within and outside of the Nikkei community, and much more. Social and networking opportunities will also be provided.

Okaeri 2016 is a space for LGBTQ Nikkei and their families and allies to connect with each other; find support, resources and information; and learn how other Nikkei have embraced their LGBTQ family members and friends.

For information and to register, visit the Eventbrite page.

Read an interview with Okaeri lead organizer Marsha Aizumi >>

Saturday, October 22, 2016
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. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

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

Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00 PM

Remember, Educate, and Inspire: Learning from Our Past to Improve Our Future


Members of Go For Broke’s exhibitions and archives staff will speak about the inspiration that they draw from working with the history of the Nisei veteran experience.

Gavin Do, Assistant Director of Archives and Special Collections, will share his experiences of discovery while working with the Hiroshi Sugiyama collection. Erin Sato will speak about how her life, work, and passions all intersect through her job as Lead Cataloger for the archives. Megan Keller, Director of Education and Exhibitions, will introduce a new and exciting traveling exhibition. Please join GFBNEC as they explore personal and professions connections in their work.

Free with JANM or GFBNEC admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading


East West Players will stage a reading of a new play by an Asian American writer. Please check back for more details.

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

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference


Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12

APIAs of all ages and professions are invited to network and learn directly from the community’s most inspirational creative professionals.

Visit for details.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
10:00 AM—5:00 PM

National Conversation on Immigration: Barriers and Access



On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives is hosting a series of conversations across the country to explore the complex issues around human and civil rights in the modern era. JANM is proud to host this free daylong conversation on immigration.

Visit for more information and to register.

Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, Toyota, and the National Archives Foundation.

Photo courtesy of National Archives.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

6th Annual LA International Tea Festival


Saturday, December 3–Sunday, December 4

Exhibitors will offer tastings, talks, and presentations celebrating worldwide tea culture. Proceeds support JANM.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Presented by Chado Tea Room.

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