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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.

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—How Does Community Conflict Turn Into Genocide?

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The Ninth Annual Zócalo Book Prize Lecture at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

History often blames genocide solely on murderous demagogues and military campaigns. But more often than not, the forces that unleash ethnic cleansing arise slowly and during peacetime, and stem from seemingly everyday interactions in places that are home to diverse peoples. What sorts of exchanges and social conditions unleash genocidal behavior? How do people who long lived together as neighbors come to turn on—and kill—each other? And can we teach ourselves to spot the early steps towards genocide so that we might prevent it in other countries or even our own?

Brown University Distinguished Professor of European History Omer Bartov, winner of the ninth annual Zócalo Book Prize for Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz, visits Zócalo to share lessons from his mother’s hometown about how easily communities can slide into mass killing.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Friday, May 3, 2019

35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5

Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) to JANM for a series of screenings.

LAAPFF is the largest film festival in Southern California dedicated to showcasing films by and about Asians and Pacific Islanders from around the world. Established in 1983 by Visual Communications, LAAPFF is a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards and the only one of its kind in the world to have earned this qualification. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences!

For schedule and to purchase tickets, visit festival.vcmedia.org.

Note: The festival runs May 2–10, with screenings at JANM taking place May 3–5.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 4, 2019

C3: The Conference for Creative Content

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The C3: Conference for Creative Content brings together the foremost media professionals in film, television, cable, digital, and transmedia to create a dialogue on the ever-changing media industry, share best practices, network, and to celebrate and build a collective vision.

Presented by Visual Communications, the first non-profit organization in the country dedicated to portrayals of Asian Pacific American peoples, communities, and heritage through the media arts—this year’s C3 theme is Future Forward—how to look forward but also not forget the past.

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

Saturday, May 11, 2019
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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ZÓCALO—Will California Pick the Next President?

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

Moderated by Madeleine Brand, Host, KCRW’s “Press Play”

When it comes to picking the country’s presidents, the richest and most populous state hasn’t much mattered. Because their primaries are held earlier and they are swing states in the general election, smaller and colder places—like New Hampshire, Iowa, and Ohio—have an outsized influence on who occupies the White House. But could 2020 be different? California has moved its presidential primary to an earlier spot on the calendar, and American politics is changing in ways that make California’s technology, celebrity, and money even more important. Could that help California candidates or even fuel a Republican challenger to Trump? And if California does have a central role in the 2020 presidential drama, how might the Golden State shape the agenda of the next president?

Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Gary Segura, vice president of the American Association of Political Consultants Rose Kapolczynski, and Latino Decisions co-founder and UCLA political scientist Matt Barreto visit Zócalo to discuss whether Californians will pick the next president, and what kind of president we might pick.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press.

Saturday, July 27, 2019
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

Saturday, October 26, 2019
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

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