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.


Saturday, September 12, 2015
2:00 PM

A Different Kind of Courage: The Disciplinary Barrack Boys of World War II


During WWII, 21 Nisei soldiers at Fort McClellan, Alabama, were charged with insubordination and dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army. Some had been ordered, by officers with machine guns, into an airport hangar during President Roosevelt’s visit to their base at Fort Riley, Kansas.

These “disciplinary barrack boys,” who chose to speak out against the discrimination they faced, were imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for some two years. Not until after a Pentagon hearing 39 years later did the Army Board finally deem their confinement “an injustice.”

The little-known story of the disciplinary barrack boys (DB Boys) will be told by Linda Tamura, Sansei author of Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River. She will be joined by Paul Minerich, the attorney who worked on their case at the Pentagon, and Gary Itano, son of a DB Boy.

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

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

Friday, September 18, 2015
8:00 PM

Quetzal + TAIKOPROJECT in Concert


Friday, September 18 • 8 P.M.
Saturday, September 19 • 8 P.M.

Grammy-winning Chicano rock band Quetzal and internationally acclaimed TAIKOPROJECT join forces for two full-evening concerts in the heart of Little Tokyo.

Blending Quetzal’s soulful Son Jarocho (Mexican folk music from Veracruz) with TAIKOPROJECT’s powerful Japanese-style drumming, the two community-based musical icons mine common ground to create a new sound that is quintessentially LA.

$25 general. Limited number of discounted tickets available for JANM members; contact or 213.830.5646 to reserve yours.

Sponsored in part by the Ford Theatres, a program of the LA County Arts Commission.

Learn more about TAIKOPROJECT on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting



The mission of the Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) is to promote, encourage, and share 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 monthly 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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading



In this edition of A Writer’s Gallery, East West Players presents a reading of Three Kingdoms, written by Anna Moench and directed by Jennifer Change.

It’s summer in the suburbs, and Wendy’s father, Han, is arriving on a flight from China. After 40 years of no contact, they have a lot of catching up to do. Wendy has a happy family, a lovely home, and is living the American dream. When Han arrives, however, everyone quickly realizes that picking up where they left off won’t be easy.

A multigenerational drama about the complexities of the Asian American experience, Three Kingdoms was the third place winner of East West Players’ 2042: See Change playwriting competition.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

5th Annual LA International Tea Festival


Saturday, December 5–Sunday, December 6
11 a.m.–5 p.m. on both days

Presented by Chado Tea Room, exhibitors will offer tastings, talks, and ceremonies celebrating worldwide tea culture. Proceeds support JANM.

Visit for information and to purchase tickets.

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