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, February 20, 2016
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Community Day of Remembrance—Is It 1942 Again? Overcoming Our Fears and Upholding Constitutional Rights for All



On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, making it possible for the U.S. military to forcibly remove and incarcerate 120,000 Japanese Americans solely on the basis of race. Each year, communities across the country hold Day of Remembrance programs to recall this shameful chapter in U.S. history and honor the courage and perseverance of the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated.

Our history reminds us how fear and prejudice can threaten the civil liberties of all people. Recently, Muslim Americans and refugees seeking to enter the U.S. have faced a backlash following terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. This year’s program will explore parallels between the experiences of those groups and that of Japanese Americans during World War II. Light reception to follow.

JANM is proud to present the 2016 Los Angeles Community Day of Remembrance in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, and the Manzanar Committee.

Saturday, February 27, 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

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Asians on Film Festival


Thursday, March 10–Sunday, March 13

The Asians on Film Festival grew out of the website, now a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting under-recognized Asians and Asian Americans working in the film industry.

The annual festival, hosted by JANM, showcases nearly 100 of the best short films submitted to the website over the past year.

Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading—The Piano



In this edition of A Writer’s Gallery, East West Players presents a reading of The Piano, written by Robert Kuang.

An Asian-Jewish-American family collides with music, food, and identity crises, as the death of a Chinese patriarch forces three generations of Asian American women to live under the same roof for the first time. A powerful multigenerational drama about the complexities of the Asian American experience, The Piano was the second place winner of East West Players’ 2042: See Change playwriting competition.

For more details, visit

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7:00 PM

#LITinCOLOR: Celebrating Writers of Color

#LITinCOLOR will celebrate the invention and imagination of writers of color who seek to represent realities that lie outside of the mainstream imagination, be it the lasting impact of American concentration camps or the navigation of racially profiled notions of sexuality. Poets and novelists from various communities and generations will come together to honor the ways in which writers of color have changed how we think, feel, and live.

Featured writers will include, among others, David Mura, poet and author of The Last Incantations and Turning Japanese, and Gene Oishi, the renowned Nisei journalist who published his first novel, Fox Drum Bebop, when he was in his eighties.

This event is co-sponsored by Kaya Press, Kundiman, Tia Chucha Press, Writ Large Press, and Tuesday Night Project.

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

Friday, April 22, 2016

32nd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Friday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 27

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 artist/audience experience. Celebrating its 32nd edition in 2016, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

$14 general; $12 students, seniors, and VC/DGA/JANM members with valid ID. For information and to purchase tickets, visit

Note: Festival runs April 21–28; JANM screenings take place April 22–27.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
2:00 PM

Civil Rights Today: The Legacy of Minoru Yasui


Minoru “Min” Yasui was a young Nisei attorney in Oregon during World War II when he violated the military curfew imposed upon all persons of Japanese ancestry in order to bring a test case to court. He lost that case in the U.S. Supreme Court, but nearly 40 years later he reopened it as part of the coram nobis litigation brought by young Sansei attorneys in 1983. Recognized posthumously by President Obama with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, Yasui was not only a key player in both of those struggles, but also an outspoken, deeply committed activist all his life, working tirelessly for the human and civil rights of all people.

The year 2016 marks Yasui’s 100th birthday and the 74th anniversary of his voluntary arrest. This special event will pay tribute to Yasui’s courage and leadership, his lifetime of service, and the civil rights legacy that he leaves left behind.

Honorary Chair will be Irene Hirano-Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council and former JANM President. Speakers will include Peggy Nagae, Esq., a noted redress activist and the lead attorney in reopening Yasui’s WWII case; Holly Yasui, youngest daughter of Min and True Yasui; and Dr. Irum Siekh, a filmmaker, oral historian, scholar, and author of the book Detained Without Cause: Muslims’ Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11. Holly will also screen an excerpt from her upcoming documentary film, Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice. More speakers to be announced; please check back for updates.

Free with museum admission. Limited seating; reservations encouraged using the link below.

This event is presented in partnership with the Minoru Yasui Civil Rights Committee, Los Angeles; the UCLA Asian American Studies Center; and the George and Sakaye Aratani Chair on the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress and Community, UCLA.

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