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All programs are free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Advanced reservations are recommended for most programs as seating/space may be limited. Some programs may have separate reservation contacts. Please check program description. When making a reservation, email rsvp@janm.org or call 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior to the event. Include the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the total in your party.

NEW: For all classes, workshops, and food tours, pre-payment is now required to hold your space. Please call 213.625.0414 or download the pre-payment form. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

events/LAAPFF.jpg MONDAY–SUNDAY, May 5–11

30th Anniversary Edition

Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of Festival favorites. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Film Festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

Encore showings of select Asian American feature-length selections, and special programs that offer a focused window on the visions and perspectives of the APA creative community are just some of the offerings in store for Film Festival audiences visiting the Little Tokyo area. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the artist/audience experience.

SHOWTIMES: Various; consult the Festival website at www.vconline.org/festival beginning April 2014.

TICKETS: $13 General; $11 JANM/VC/DGA Members, Students, Seniors w/valid I.D.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

events/LAAPFF_1.jpg MONDAY–SUNDAY, May 5–11

30th Anniversary Edition

Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of Festival favorites. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Film Festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

Encore showings of select Asian American feature-length selections, and special programs that offer a focused window on the visions and perspectives of the APA creative community are just some of the offerings in store for Film Festival audiences visiting the Little Tokyo area. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the artist/audience experience.

SHOWTIMES: Various; consult the Festival website at www.vconline.org/festival beginning April 2014.

TICKETS: $13 General; $11 JANM/VC/DGA Members, Students, Seniors w/valid I.D.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

events/LAAPFF_2.jpg MONDAY–SUNDAY, May 5–11

30th Anniversary Edition

Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of Festival favorites. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Film Festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

Encore showings of select Asian American feature-length selections, and special programs that offer a focused window on the visions and perspectives of the APA creative community are just some of the offerings in store for Film Festival audiences visiting the Little Tokyo area. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the artist/audience experience.

SHOWTIMES: Various; consult the Festival website at www.vconline.org/festival beginning April 2014.

TICKETS: $13 General; $11 JANM/VC/DGA Members, Students, Seniors w/valid I.D.
Friday, May 9, 2014

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

events/LAAPFF_3.jpg MONDAY–SUNDAY, May 5–11

30th Anniversary Edition

Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of Festival favorites. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Film Festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

Encore showings of select Asian American feature-length selections, and special programs that offer a focused window on the visions and perspectives of the APA creative community are just some of the offerings in store for Film Festival audiences visiting the Little Tokyo area. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the artist/audience experience.

SHOWTIMES: Various; consult the Festival website at www.vconline.org/festival beginning April 2014.

TICKETS: $13 General; $11 JANM/VC/DGA Members, Students, Seniors w/valid I.D.
Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America

events/smithsonian_photo_exhibit_cropped.bmp The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center + Flickr present

A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America

Somewhere in
Asian Pacific America,
a child cries;
a father cooks breakfast;
a mother dresses and goes to work.
A thousand tasks get done.
A thousand dreams are born.

A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America seeks to capture the particulars of everyday life and piece them together to compose the ultimate wide shot. By looking at life from multiple angles, curated from the visual documentation of amateur photographers and videographers as well as professional documentarians and photojournalists, we can reveal the bigger picture. Through this online exhibit hosted by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) at apa.si.edu, we celebrate our common joys, empathize with our sorrows, and appreciate all that we mean to each another.

We are asking thousands of people to take photographs and shoot video about Asian Pacific American life on May 10, 2014. We chose this date because it falls on the 145th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony that marked the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. This historical joining of the continent was marked with a photograph that excluded the Chinese workers who were critical to the building of the railroad and the industrial modernization of America.

ONCE ERASED FROM HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS, ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS ARE NOW VISIBLE IN PROFOUND WAYS.

We are seeking professional and amateur photojournalists and filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds to contribute submissions to the online exhibit.

LET'S DOCUMENT ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LIFE.

Check here for more details!



HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS EXHIBITION.

1. Request an invitation to the SMITHSONIAN APAC: A DAY IN THE LIFE Flickr group by sending an email to life@smithsonianapa.org. Please send the email via your registered Flickr email address, or include your Flickr username in the email. Please also include your full name, and location you plan to be* on May 10, 2014 (the day of content capture). You will receive your invitation to the group by May 1, 2014.

2. Take your photographs and/or videos on May 10, 2014. Content must be captured between 12am and 11:59pm on your current timezone. You may submit up to 5 photos OR up to 5 videos with a total runtime of 3 minutes. This exhibition is based on global Asian Pacific American experiences. Although you do not have to identify as Asian Pacific American or be located in the United States, please keep your content consistent with the exhibition theme.

3. Upload the photographs or video to the Flickr group by 11:59pm EST on May 14, 2014. Please provide a short biographical statement and your contact information. The works you submit may be used by the Smithsonian for the exhibition, publicity purposes and an e-book. All photos or videos selected for the project will credit the contributing artist.

A group of curators will select and assemble the exhibit by May 26, 2014. The exhibit will be available online at apa.si.edu, with all qualified submissions available for public view via the Flickr group.

Please tell your friends about “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” and join us today. Your work is an important part of sharing the diversity of APA life with the world.

For more information about the project, contact Eddie Wong, guest curator, at eddieoak@att.net and Adriel Luis, Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at LuisA@si.edu.

*Planned location is for curatorial survey purposes. You will not be bound to that location should your plans change.
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

events/LAAPFF_4.jpg MONDAY–SUNDAY, May 5–11

30th Anniversary Edition

Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of Festival favorites. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Film Festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

Encore showings of select Asian American feature-length selections, and special programs that offer a focused window on the visions and perspectives of the APA creative community are just some of the offerings in store for Film Festival audiences visiting the Little Tokyo area. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the artist/audience experience.

SHOWTIMES: Various; consult the Festival website at www.vconline.org/festival beginning April 2014.

TICKETS: $13 General; $11 JANM/VC/DGA Members, Students, Seniors w/valid I.D.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
2:00 PM

Trust this History: Poets on Mothers, Missing and Otherwise

events/logo.bmp FREE!

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and Motherʼs Day weekend with three cutting-edge poets whose debut collections grapple with the ties formed by family, community, and history.

April Naoko Heck's A Nuclear Family consists—in the words of Natalie Diaz—of “flickering shrines built from the debris of history and memory, both Japanese and American.”ʼ

With American Canyon, Amarnath Ravva uses prose, documentary footage, and still photos to narrate a sonʼs love for his mother and the rituals he performs as he travels from California to the southernmost tip of India.

The poems in Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut's Magnetic Refrain are driven by the fire of love, the duality of family, and the violence of history, both Korean and American.

Representing Kundiman and Kaya Press, organizations dedicated to the creation and cultivation of poetry of Asian diasporas, these poets showcases the breadth, diversity, and vitality of Asian American poetry today. A discussion and book signing will follow.
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

events/LAAPFF_5.jpg MONDAY–SUNDAY, May 5–11

30th Anniversary Edition

Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of Festival favorites. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Film Festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

Encore showings of select Asian American feature-length selections, and special programs that offer a focused window on the visions and perspectives of the APA creative community are just some of the offerings in store for Film Festival audiences visiting the Little Tokyo area. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the artist/audience experience.

SHOWTIMES: Various; consult the Festival website at www.vconline.org/festival beginning April 2014.

TICKETS: $13 General; $11 JANM/VC/DGA Members, Students, Seniors w/valid I.D.
Friday, May 30, 2014

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festial

events/Comedy_Ninja_Festival_jpeg.jpg COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival aims to be an uproarious three-day comedy free-for-all that will have audiences rolling in the aisles as it showcases the funniest work of comedic performers, directors and writers from around the globe.

Besides showing a bunch of rib-tickling films, COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival will feature hysterical performances by stand-up comedians, surprise celebrity appearances and a rocking opening night party. There will also be a closing night ceremony where COMEDY NINJA HIYAH! Awards will be handed out in all categories, a screenplay competition and much more!

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival is being presented by seasoned filmmakers Quentin Lee (White Frog) and Chuck Parello (Ed Gein). Veterans of many film festivals themselves, Lee and Parello are looking to provide an unpretentious and memorably fun event for filmmakers that will allow them to network with industry insiders as their gut-busting work is shown on a big screen to an appreciative audience. About COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival Quentin Lee states, “We want to celebrate the things that make people laugh the hardest, to show distinctively hilarious films from distinctively off-the-wall perspectives. This festival will be all about comedy with a kung fu kick.”

Check comedyninja.org for more info.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival

events/Comedy_Ninja_Festival_jpeg_jpg_100x100_autocrop_sharpen_q85_1.jpg COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival aims to be an uproarious three-day comedy free-for-all that will have audiences rolling in the aisles as it showcases the funniest work of comedic performers, directors and writers from around the globe.

Besides showing a bunch of rib-tickling films, COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival will feature hysterical performances by stand-up comedians, surprise celebrity appearances and a rocking opening night party. There will also be a closing night ceremony where COMEDY NINJA HIYAH! Awards will be handed out in all categories, a screenplay competition and much more!

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival is being presented by seasoned filmmakers Quentin Lee (White Frog) and Chuck Parello (Ed Gein). Veterans of many film festivals themselves, Lee and Parello are looking to provide an unpretentious and memorably fun event for filmmakers that will allow them to network with industry insiders as their gut-busting work is shown on a big screen to an appreciative audience. About COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival Quentin Lee states, “We want to celebrate the things that make people laugh the hardest, to show distinctively hilarious films from distinctively off-the-wall perspectives. This festival will be all about comedy with a kung fu kick.”

Check comedyninja.org for more info.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival aims to be an uproarious three-day comedy free-for-all that will have audiences rolling in the aisles as it showcases the funniest work of comedic performers, directors and writers from around the globe.

Besides showing a bunch of rib-tickling films, COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival will feature hysterical performances by stand-up comedians, surprise celebrity appearances and a rocking opening night party. There will also be a closing night ceremony where COMEDY NINJA HIYAH! Awards will be handed out in all categories, a screenplay competition and much more!

COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival is being presented by seasoned filmmakers Quentin Lee (White Frog) and Chuck Parello (Ed Gein). Veterans of many film festivals themselves, Lee and Parello are looking to provide an unpretentious and memorably fun event for filmmakers that will allow them to network with industry insiders as their gut-busting work is shown on a big screen to an appreciative audience. About COMEDY NINJA Film and Screenplay Festival Quentin Lee states, “We want to celebrate the things that make people laugh the hardest, to show distinctively hilarious films from distinctively off-the-wall perspectives. This festival will be all about comedy with a kung fu kick.”

Check comedyninja.org for more info.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
10:00 AM—9:00 PM

Mixed Remixed Festival

events/MIXED-REMIXED-logo.jpg FREE!

An exciting new festival, the Mixed Remixed Festival brings together film and book lovers to celebrate stories of multiracial, mixed and hapa individuals with workshops, readings, film screenings and live performances for the largest West Coast celebration of Loving Day.

Check www.mixedremixed.org for details. #mixedremixed
Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 V3 Digital Media Conference

events/v3_logo.jpg In this 2-day conference, V3con will highlight and expand multi-platform Asian and Pacific Islander American communications by gathering online journalists, creative social media communicators, seasoned bloggers, and those interested in engaging on digital platforms for interactive panels and workshops.

JANM members receive discounted registration. Visit V3con.com to register.

Presented by the Asian American Journalists Association-Los Angeles Chapter (AAJA-LA).
Saturday, June 21, 2014

2014 V3 Digital Media Conference

events/v3_logo_jpg_100x100_autocrop_sharpen_q85_1.jpg In this 2-day conference, V3con will highlight and expand multi-platform Asian and Pacific Islander American communications by gathering online journalists, creative social media communicators, seasoned bloggers, and those interested in engaging on digital platforms for interactive panels and workshops.

JANM members receive discounted registration. Visit V3con.com to register.

Presented by the Asian American Journalists Association-Los Angeles Chapter (AAJA-LA).
Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 World Taiko Gathering

events/WTG_final_blk.jpg TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to present the 2014 World Taiko Gathering, the first-ever convening of taiko groups from all over the world, scheduled for July 18-20, 2014. Presented by TAIKOPROJECT in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is expected to bring together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities.

Dozens of taiko workshops will be offered by the top instructors and taiko artists from all over the world for taiko drummers of all skill levels and interests. Attendees will have access to the Taiko Marketplace, with drums and equipment from the finest Japanese and American taiko makers and artisans. There will be free noon-time taiko performances on each day of the World Taiko Gathering, as well as a free community taiko concert on the JACCC Plaza, and a global taiko concert at the Japan America Theatre, featuring premiere taiko ensembles from all over the world sharing one stage for the very first time.

“This is one of the most exciting events we have ever worked on,” said Project Coordinator Masato Baba, “It will be the first time so many taiko players from not just North America, but from all over the world, will be together in one place. The world-wide taiko community is coming together here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be amazing...and loud.”

Visit worldtaikogathering.com for ticket information and event schedule.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 World Taiko Gathering

events/WTG_final_blk_jpg.jpg TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to present the 2014 World Taiko Gathering, the first-ever convening of taiko groups from all over the world, scheduled for July 18-20, 2014. Presented by TAIKOPROJECT in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is expected to bring together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities.

Dozens of taiko workshops will be offered by the top instructors and taiko artists from all over the world for taiko drummers of all skill levels and interests. Attendees will have access to the Taiko Marketplace, with drums and equipment from the finest Japanese and American taiko makers and artisans. There will be free noon-time taiko performances on each day of the World Taiko Gathering, as well as a free community taiko concert on the JACCC Plaza, and a global taiko concert at the Japan America Theatre, featuring premiere taiko ensembles from all over the world sharing one stage for the very first time.

“This is one of the most exciting events we have ever worked on,” said Project Coordinator Masato Baba, “It will be the first time so many taiko players from not just North America, but from all over the world, will be together in one place. The world-wide taiko community is coming together here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be amazing...and loud.”

Visit worldtaikogathering.com for ticket information and event schedule.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 World Taiko Gathering

events/WTG_final_blk_jpg_1.jpg TAIKOPROJECT is pleased to present the 2014 World Taiko Gathering, the first-ever convening of taiko groups from all over the world, scheduled for July 18-20, 2014. Presented by TAIKOPROJECT in association with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Southern California Taiko Community, the 2014 World Taiko Gathering is expected to bring together over 500 participants from taiko groups throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Activities will include three days of workshops, discussion sessions, taiko performances, and community-building activities.

Dozens of taiko workshops will be offered by the top instructors and taiko artists from all over the world for taiko drummers of all skill levels and interests. Attendees will have access to the Taiko Marketplace, with drums and equipment from the finest Japanese and American taiko makers and artisans. There will be free noon-time taiko performances on each day of the World Taiko Gathering, as well as a free community taiko concert on the JACCC Plaza, and a global taiko concert at the Japan America Theatre, featuring premiere taiko ensembles from all over the world sharing one stage for the very first time.

“This is one of the most exciting events we have ever worked on,” said Project Coordinator Masato Baba, “It will be the first time so many taiko players from not just North America, but from all over the world, will be together in one place. The world-wide taiko community is coming together here in Los Angeles. It’s going to be amazing...and loud.”

Visit worldtaikogathering.com for ticket information and event schedule.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

4th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival

events/tea-logo_1_png_100x100_autocrop_sharpen_q85_1.jpg Presented by Chado Tea Room, exhibitors will offer tastings, talks, shows, and ceremonies celebrating worldwide tea culture. Profits from the tickets will go to support the National Museum’s mission.

Check teafestivalla.com for information and tickets>>

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