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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. (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.

 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6

Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of festival favorites. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the experience. Celebrating its 34th edition, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

For schedule and to purchase tickets, visit festival.vconline.org. JANM members are eligible for discounts.

Note: The festival runs May 3–12, with screenings at JANM taking place May 5–6 and 10.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 5, 2018

C3: The Conference for Creative Content

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This media arts conference features panels and seminars on new media technologies, platforms, and distribution. C3 aims to connect creative individuals through a forum of pioneers in entertainment, academia, and professional guilds.

For details and to purchase tickets, visit vconline.org.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

Thursday, May 10, 2018

34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of festival favorites. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the experience. Celebrating its 34th edition, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

For schedule and to purchase tickets, visit festival.vconline.org. JANM members are eligible for discounts.

Note: The festival runs May 3–12, with screenings at JANM taking place May 5–6 and 10.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 26, 2018
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.

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

Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:00 PM

Dan Kwong: What? No Ping Pong Balls

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Performance artist Dan Kwong teams up with taiko artist Kenny Endo for this moving and hilarious tribute to Kwong’s rebellious late mother, Momo Nagano.

Kwong traces Nagano’s journey from her all-American girlhood in Los Angeles to World War II incarceration camp, her life as a single mother raising four kids, and her transformation from housewife to Venice Beach artist. By including video interviews with other Japanese American single moms from the 1960s through today, Kwong weaves together the multiplicities of their experiences while revealing commonalities from their shared cultural background.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

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

Legacies of Postwar Japan’s “War Bride” Era

FREE

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-raced 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 using the link below. Click here for event schedule.

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

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

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

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

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