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Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 PM

Film Screening—Voices Behind Barbed Wire



Please join us for a free screening of Voices Behind Barbed Wire: Stories of O‘ahu featuring personal stories about Japanese American World War II incarceration in Hawai‘i in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Executive Producer Carole Hayashino will be on hand to talk about the making of the film and its historical relevance today. This screening is co-hosted hosted by JANM and the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium and sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

Voices Behind Barbed Wire, explores the personal stories of Japanese Americans living on O‘ahu, from their initial detention to their transfer and wrongful incarceration in American concentrations camps at Sand Island, Honouliuli, and in far-away places like New Mexico, Arkansas, and Arizona. While the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II has been well documented on the US mainland, new information about American concentration camps and untold stories continue to emerge from Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i who endured this dark chapter of history. The film also includes an archeological journey through the World War II incarceration sites on O‘ahu. Also, the Honouliuli National Monument is featured in the movie with a focus on the modern day relevance of civil liberties.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers’ Gallery Reading—Panorama



JANM is pleased to host the East West Players’ reading of Panorama by Prince Gomolvilas.

On a clear day in Rochester, New York, in 1871, atop an observation tower that used to stand on Mount Hope Cemetery’s highest point, thousands of people witnessed a remarkable phenomenon which came to be known as “The Rochester Mirage.” Several days later, a group of locals returns to the scene of the strange sight.

Panorama delves deep into a city’s hidden history; reveals the unexpected alliance between the African-, Asian-, and Irish-American communities; and uncovers the untold stories that helped shape this nation.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, September 29, 2018
1:00 PM

From Japan to Mexico: A Nikkei Story from Veracruz


Julio Mizzumi Guerrero Kojima and Belen Torres Morales are descendants of immigrants who left Japan to work in the sugar plantations in Veracruz, Mexico, in the early 1900s. They are musicians with expertise in the Fandango, a tradition specific to Veracruz that is rooted in community convening and participation. They also are part of an environmental/community gardening project in Veracruz called Jardin Kojima. They will share their expertise in Fandango as well as talk about their environmental project.

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

This program is presented in partnership with FandangObon Project and Discover Nikkei.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day


Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Museum Day event.

Friday, September 14, 2018
7:30 PM

ZOCALO—Can U.S. Democracy Survive Russian Information Warfare?


A Zócalo/Japanese American National Museum Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Warren Olney, Host, KCRW’s “To the Point”

American intelligence services have unanimously concluded that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 US elections, and seeks to meddle again this fall. One of Russia’s methods was to use social media to distribute disinformation.

What’s the big-picture strategy behind this style of attack, and how badly is it damaging our society and politics? Does disinformation have lasting effects on how voters engage with democracy? What vulnerabilities in American society did Russia exploit in its disinformation campaign? And how can the U.S. best fight back?

Former FBI counterintelligence special agent and Yale senior lecturer Asha Rangappa, film producer and Russian Media Monitor founder Julia Davis, and Virginia Commonwealth University behavioral scientist and media researcher Caroline Orr visit Zócalo to discuss the power and peril of weaponizing information.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Friday, August 10, 2018
3:00 PM—5:00 PM

Celebrating Japanese American Redress: A Promise for the Future



In honor of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, join us for an afternoon of reunion, reconnection, and reaffirmation of our commitment to democracy and justice.

JANM President and CEO Ann Burroughs, GFBNEC President and CEO Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, and Karin Wang, Executive Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, will remind us that the fight for civil rights is most successful when done in solidarity across generations and regardless of race, class, gender, or any other single factor of identity.

On this afternoon, the museum will be taking group photos of all those involved in the redress movement of the 1980s as well as those who would like to reaffirm their commitment to democracy today. Following the photos, light refreshments will be served and guests will be invited to pledge their personal commitment to civil liberties by signing our Commitment Banner.

Admission to JANM is Pay What You Wish on this day. RSVPs are strongly recommended using the link below.

Please note that priority seating will be assigned to those who have made reservations in advance. RSVPs will be released 15 minutes before opening, seating thereafter will be first come first served.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, JACL: Downtown LA Chapter, JACL National, JACL: Pacific Southwest District, Kizuna, Little Tokyo Historical Society, Little Tokyo Community Council, Little Tokyo Service Center, Manzanar Committee, National Veterans Network, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, and Visual Communications.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community



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