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, October 22, 2016
1:00 PM—3:00 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. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

To RSVP or for more information, email or visit the Facebook page at Limited to 35 participants.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
2:00 PM

Remember, Educate, and Inspire: Learning from Our Past to Improve Our Future


Members of Go For Broke’s exhibitions and archives staff will speak about the inspiration that they draw from working with the history of the Nisei veteran experience.

Gavin Do, Assistant Director of Archives and Special Collections, will share his experiences of discovery while working with the Hiroshi Sugiyama collection. Erin Sato will speak about how her life, work, and passions all intersect through her job as Lead Cataloger for the archives. Megan Keller, Director of Education and Exhibitions, will introduce a new and exciting traveling exhibition. Please join GFBNEC as they explore personal and professions connections in their work.

Free with JANM or GFBNEC admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
6:15 PM

Civil Liberties in a Time of Fear: The Japanese American Incarceration and the Threat to Muslim Americans


6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m.: Refreshments and Taiko Drumming Performance

7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.: Panel Discussion

The Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Japanese American Bar Association invite you to join us for a panel discussion.

Panelists include:

  • Karen Korematsu, founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute

  • Dr. Irum Shiekh, filmmaker, Hidden Internment: The Art Shibuyama Story, and author, Detained Without Cause: Muslim Americans’ Stories of Detention and Deportation after 9/11

  • Edina Lekovic, Public Affairs Consultant, Muslim Public Affairs Council, and co-founder of New Ground, an interfaith project bringing Muslims and Jews together in greater LA.

  • Moderated by Warren Olney, KCRW, host and executive producer of To the Point and Olney in LA

Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading



East West Players presents a reading of Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race!, written by Christopher Chen and directed by Rodney To.

The Republican Party finally realizes it has a problem with race, so it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who is a mixture of every race on earth. A one-night performance produced as part of the company’s Politics in Play series, Mutt is a wild and surreal sketch-comedy-infused satire that skewers all political parties and burns down the entire racial house of cards.

Following a sold-out run in New York, The New York Times called Mutt an “intricately constructed, unrelentingly destabilizing puzzle of a play about the anatomy of truth and the provocative power of illusion.”

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference


Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12

At the EMPOWER Conference, young Asian Pacific Islander professionals from all over the country are invited to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational leaders. Attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths and industries, as well as best practices to apply toward making their dreams a reality.

The conference will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, mentoring sessions, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. This unique experience is aimed at bridging communities, generations, industries, and innovative minds.

Visit for more information and to register.

Saturday, November 19, 2016
10:00 AM—4:00 PM

National Conversation on Immigration: Barriers and Access



On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives is hosting a series of conversations across the country to explore the complex issues around human and civil rights in the modern era. JANM is proud to host this free daylong conversation on immigration.

10 a.m.: David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and Ann Burroughs, Interim President and CEO of JANM, will open the National Conversation, followed by a keynote conversation with author and activist Julissa Arce and author and cultural critic Jeff Yang.

1 p.m.: Ann Burroughs will moderate “Coming to America,” exploring past and current immigration barriers, with a panel of activists and experts, including Stewart Kwoh, Asian Americans Advancing Justice; Karthick Ramakrishnan, UC Riverside School of Public Policy; and Paul Spickard, UC Santa Barbara.

2:15 p.m.: Irene Hirano Inouye of the U.S.-Japan Council will moderate a discussion on “Becoming an American,” looking at the varied experiences of immigrants—at work, at home, at school, and in the community—with Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American; Nahla Kayali, Access California Services (AccessCal); Gabriela Villareal, California Immigrant Policy Center; and Luz Borjon Montalvo, CSU Los Angeles.

Visit for more information and to register. All details are subject to change.

Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, Toyota, and the National Archives Foundation.

Photo courtesy of National Archives.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

6th Annual LA International Tea Festival


Saturday, December 3–Sunday, December 4

The Los Angeles International Tea Festival celebrates worldwide tea culture by bringing together authors, industry experts, buyers, retailers, artists, educators, and tea lovers from around the country. Sample fine teas from all over the world, attend stimulating presentations, and meet premier suppliers, all in one place. Proceeds support JANM.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Presented by Chado Tea Room.

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