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Saturday, December 2, 2017
2:00 PM

Speak Out for Justice: Screening, Panel Discussions, and Audience Q&A



In 1981, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) heard the testimonies of Japanese Americans across the country who spoke out for the first time about their incarceration during World War II. Recognizing the historic nature of these hearings, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR, then known as the National Coalition for Redress/ Reparations) and Visual Communications (VC) collaborated to videotape the Los Angeles hearings. The impact of the CWRIC hearings in Los Angeles will be the subject of this program. Clips from the hearings will be screened and panel discussions will be convened with testifiers and grassroots organizers, who will discuss the impact of the hearings on the community and on the redress campaign as well as their ongoing relevance today.

People who testified, attended the hearings, or helped with filming are invited to share their recollections during the audience Q&A and comment period at the end. All attendees are invited to a reception with light refreshments following the program.

Highlights of the CWRIC testimonies are available on DVD and will be available for purchase at the event. Complete documentation of all the Los Angeles testimonies is also available in a 13-disc DVD set, which may be pre-ordered at the event or using the online order form.

Presented in partnership with Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress and Visual Communications.

The program is free but RSVP is highly recommended.

Monday, November 27, 2017
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—And Then They Came For Us


Join us for the Los Angeles premiere of a new documentary film grappling with the legacy of the World War II mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. Featuring Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs by Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came For Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider; Ahilan Arulanantham, Legal Director of the Southern California ACLU; Bruce Tsurutani, who is featured in the film; and moderator Marya Bangee.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased here.

For more information on the film, visit

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:30 PM

CHOPSO Presents: Visas and Virtue and Crossover



The Japanese American National Museum is proud to announce its partnership with CHOPSO, the first streaming destination for English-language Asian content from around the world. Several documentary films produced by the museum’s award-winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center will be available for streaming on the site.

CHOPSO invites you to celebrate their launch with a 20th anniversary screening of Chris Tashima”s Oscar-winning short film, Visas and Virtue, inspired by the true story of Holocaust rescuer Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara, known as “the Japanese Schindler.” Also screening will be Crossover, Justin Lin’s short documentary about Japanese American basketball made when he worked at JANM”s Media Arts Center. In addition, we will be joined this evening by the talented actor and singer, Megan Lee. Reception at Far Bar to follow event.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference


Now in its third year, Kollaboration’s EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference connects Asian Pacific Islander creative professionals with aspiring creatives for a day of panel discussions, workshops, networking, and more.

Visit for more information and to register.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading



East West Players presents a reading of Spoiled, written by Ken Narasaki and directed by Nathan Singh. The cast includes Dian Kobayashi, Feodor Chin, Emily Kuroda, Marilyn Tokuda, Michael Hagiwara, and Sharon Rosner.

Spoiled is a dark comedy about a Japanese American mother and her adult kids who, while they function well in the world, become a hot mess when they get together. Their drama is more darkly humorous than you might think.




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