Japanese American National Museum
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Series: Partnerships & Collaborations

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.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

AAJA-LA Asian American Film Festival



Asian American Journalists Association of Los Angeles (AAJA-LA) kicks off its Summer Film Series with an evening at JANM celebrating emerging APA filmmakers. In partnership with HBO, the three winning films from HBO’s 2018 APA Visionaries Short Film Competition will be screened.

June (1st Place) – Director: Huay-Bing Law
Set on an American college campus during the 1960s, June chronicles the experience of a young Chinese woman as she attends her husband’s graduation.

Jiejie (2nd Place) – Director: Feng-I Fiona Roan
Jiejie is a portrait of two young sisters being raised by a single immigrant mother in Los Angeles in 1997.

Remittance (3rd Place) – Director: Maritte Go
Inspired by her immigrant family’s experiences, Remittance tells the story of a Filipino cruise worker who receives a call informing her that her son is in the hospital.

A Q&A with filmmakers Huay-Bing Law and Maritte Go will follow the screenings.

The AAJA-LA Summer Film Series seeks to bridge the journalism and entertainment communities as well as spotlight films and filmmakers of color. HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries is a short film competition sponsored by HBO that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent the opportunity to showcase their work.

Free. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with HBO and Visual Communications, with support of IW Group.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 30, 2018
9:00 AM—6:00 PM

Legacies of Postwar Japan’s “War Bride” Era




During and shortly after the US-Allied Occupation of Japan, the Japanese women who fraternized with soldiers often met opposition from their families and were shunned by other Japanese. Many mixed-race children faced severe prejudice for being “impure” and born from the former enemy.

This symposium brings together various stakeholders to tell the stories of the war brides and their children. By focusing on the memories, realities, and legacies of this community, this groundbreaking gathering will create opportunities for listening, discussing, healing, and empowering attendees.

RSVPs are required. Click here for event schedule.

This event is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist, please email

Presented in partnership with the Hapa Japan Project at USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Saturday, July 28, 2018
1:00 PM—4:00 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

Saturday, July 28, 2018
2:00 PM

Stories of Displacement


In conjunction with What We Carried, stories of displacement as experienced by a variety of communities will be shared. Perspectives will include those of recent Iraqi and Syrian refugees and Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII. Additional issues at the forefront today, such as deportation and gentrification, will also be explored. Participants will discuss what they were able to bring, but also what they were forced to leave behind.

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

Presented in partnership with Vigilant Love.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, August 4, 2018
2:00 PM

Reaffirmed Commitment: The 30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988



On August 10, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, landmark legislation through which the US government issued an apology and provided monetary compensation to Japanese Americans who had survived America’s concentration camps during World War II.

JANM will commemorate this unprecedented event in our nation’s history with a conversation between the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta and Mitch Maki, Go For Broke National Education Center President/CEO and author of Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Achieved Redress.

Museum admission is “Pay What You Wish” on this day. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with GFBNEC in conjunction with the newly re-installed redress section of Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Memorial for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

Saturday–Thursday, August 4–9

Admission on Saturday, August 4: Pay What You Wish

In commemoration of the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which occurred on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, we will feature Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Wish Tree. Participants can write down their personal wishes for peace on a piece of paper that they tie to the tree.

At the end of the commemoration, the wishes will be collected and mailed to the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, Ono’s on-going art project, where wishes from around the world are collected and stored.

Sadako’s Crane will also be on display near the Wish Tree during this period.

In conjunction with the exhibition Sadako’s Crane

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