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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Kollaboration EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference


Saturday–Sunday, March 23–24

The Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference is an event where aspiring Asian Americans of all ages and professions gather to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational professionals. At EMPOWER, attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths, industries, and best practices to apply to making their dreams a reality. This unique experience will bridge communities, generations, industries, and innovative minds.

Visit for more information and to register.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
7:30 PM

East West Players: Counter Culture Series reading—Cocks Crow



JANM is pleased to host the East West Players’ reading of Cocks Crow by Alice Tuan, directed by Jennifer Chang.

Cocks Crow is what happens when Americans try to do business with China: is it a bad internet connection or are we being surveilled? Compelled by ambition, anxiety, and diminishing options at home, two Americans, Bill Peck and Shelly Larkin, pursue wealth on capitalism’s wild new frontier.

At Yankee Doodle Do, an American diner in Shanghai, they find Agnes Deng is “representing” Han Jia Wei, the elusive Chinese bureaucrat they are trying to cut a deal with. The character Rafael Chan then enters into the mix to activate and derail this play about superpower deflation in the new century.

The reading is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

ZÓCALO—Are American Presidents Above the Law?


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

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

The Mueller report promises to clarify what happened in the 2016 election and its aftermath. But that document may only add to the confusion over a broader question: What does it take to fire an American president? In recent months, critics of Donald Trump have discussed removing the president by impeachment, indictment, and the 25th Amendment. But no president has ever been impeached and convicted by the Senate, and the Department of Justice may preclude a president from being indicted. If impeachment is impossible, what methods exist, legally, for removing a president? Why do we have special prosecutors if they can’t prosecute? Is the American president, for all practical purposes, above the law?

UCLA constitutional law scholar Jon D. Michaels, Wake Forest political scientist and author of The Special Prosecutor in American Politics Katy Harriger, and Joel D. Aberbach, political scientist and former director of the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy, visit Zócalo to examine the historical, customary, and legal precedents that protect our presidents.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo by Ron Edmonds/Associated Press

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—Is the Digital Age Making Museums Obsolete?


A Zócalo/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Gregory Rodriguez, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Zócalo Public Square

Before the digital age, museums were places where people went to acquire knowledge. But now most of the information and images contained in museums are available on your smartphone. So how can museums stave off obsolescence? Can populist shows and attention-getting architecture keep museums relevant and pull today’s audiences away from their devices? Are some museums succeeding in redefining their purpose as providing “experiences” and at least the semblance of authenticity, like touching mastodon bones or reading directly from the pages of Lincoln’s diary or Gutenberg’s Bible? And what happens when museums try to use social media and other technology to connect visitors to exhibits—and to each other?

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County president and director Lori Bettison-Varga, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center director Lisa Sasaki, and Nicole Ivy, George Washington University public historian and former director of inclusion for the American Alliance of Museums, visit Zócalo to discuss the threats and opportunities that new technologies create for some of our most durable institutions.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
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.

The meeting is included with museum admission. RSVP is required.

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

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 16, 2019
2:00 PM

2019 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance—Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

Download the program booklet (PDF)



On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Families of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast based solely on their nation of origin and veiled under the guise of national security. While behind barbed wire, keeping the family together and safe was of utmost importance to the incarcerees.

Today, also under the guise of national security, migrants from Central America are similarly being held in detention centers. Young children have been torn from their parents as they sought safety and asylum in the United States. Just like Japanese immigrants before WWII, these migrants dream of a decent life for their family and safety for their children. The legacy from the Japanese American redress movement is to make sure we stand up and speak out when we witness people being treated inhumanely by our government as we were during WWII.

Please join us for the 2019 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance as we honor and remember those who were incarcerated during World War II and address our theme, Behind Barbed Wire: Keeping Children Safe and Families Together, exploring the racist parallels of past and present.

Admission to this event and the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs for the Day of Remembrance program are strongly encouraged.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Kizuna, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Nikkei Progressives, Organization of Chinese Americans–Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA).


In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall




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