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Saturday, January 25, 2020

15th Annual Museums Free-for-All



In an effort to make museums available to the broadest possible audience, JANM joins with more than 40 other regional museums in offering free admission on this day.

Take advantage of free admission to come see Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

For a complete list of participating institutions, visit

Saturday, January 25, 2020
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 meetings are generally included with museum admission. However, admission is free all day on January 25, in conjunction with the 15th Annual Museums Free-for-All. RSVP is required.

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

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Thursday, January 23, 2020
5:30 PM—10:00 PM

Asian in America


Asian in America is a symbolic exhibition and award-nominated 6-course dining experience that explores the complex narrative of the Asian American identity through food and drink, virtual reality, spoken word, and poetry. The ingredients, cooking techniques, and alternating presentations of poetry and virtual reality recreations (made in Tilt Brush), will take you on a multi-sensory journey through the trials and triumphs of the Asian American identity, addressing topics of cultural hierarchies in the food system, the lack of individualism granted to minorities, and the internalization of the “white savior” complex.

For one night only, the Japanese American National Museum is partnering with the acclaimed Studio ATAO for the Lunar New Year to bring this innovative dining experience to Los Angeles. Discover more about Studio ATAO and its upcoming projects at

Cocktail Reception (5:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m.):
$12.75 member, $15 general

6-Course Dinner and 3-Course Cocktails (7:30 p.m.–10 p.m.):
$114.75 member, $135 general

Tickets can be purchased from Studio ATAO using the link below. To receive the code for the 15% JANM member discount or for more information on how to become a member, please email

In the Aratani Central Hall

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

Tea & Letter Writing: gathering in relaxation, expression & conversation



Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere to share tea and conversation and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, former Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence at JANM. Come write about your hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community,” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to share tea at the top of the evening, to center us and bring the room together, before we read aloud some letters from JANM’s permanent collection as a group.

All ages are welcome to join. Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Come early to visit the museum galleries (Pay What You Wish admission from 5 p.m.–8 p.m.). This program is free but RSVPs are encouraged at the link below.

This program was launched through the +LAB Artist Residency program presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center in partnership with JANM and continues now in partnership with Tuesday Night Project’s TNTalks initiative.

In the Inahara Foyer and Yuki Board Room

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:30 PM—9:30 PM

Crushing the Myth


Crushing the Myth is a nationwide speaker series that features Asian Americans and allies as they share stories and perspectives to build an active community of leaders, thinkers, and influencers to move beyond the “Model Minority” label. Check the ticket link for updates about speakers/topics.

Early bird pricing (through November 30): $10
General admission: $15
Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link below.

Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:00 PM—7:00 PM

The American War Experience Through California Voices: World War II



JANM is pleased to partner with the Cal Poly Pomona Veterans Resource Center to present the second of two discussions about World War II as part of their special series, The American War Experience through California Voices. (Click on the RSVP link for details about the first discussion at Cal Poly Pomona on October 30.)

These will be reading-based discussions based on Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston’s Farewell to Manzanar. The discussions will explore how war shapes identity, culture, and society, as well as values such as patriotism, loyalty, community, and sacrifice.

Participation and all materials are free. Refreshments will be provided for participants that register at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Cholbi at or the Veterans Resource Center at 909.869.6994.

This is the second series of discussions that are being led by veterans and military dependents affiliated with Cal Poly Pomona’s Veterans Resource Center.

In the Aratani Central Hall




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