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Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 AM—5:00 PM

Allied with Japanese America: New Stories of Supporters during World War II



During World War II, many people defended Japanese Americans living under martial law in Hawaii. Others supported Japanese Americans in the US military, those behind barbed wire in America’s concentration camps, and families trying to resettle after the war.

Leading scholars, filmmakers, and writers present their findings about Buddhist and Christian clergy, African American and Chinese American leaders, and others who courageously spoke out for the Japanese American community.

The program is free, but RSVP is required using the link below. Click here for event schedule.

Presented in partnership with USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, December 1, 2018
2:00 PM—4:30 PM

The Words We Hold



Stories of World War II, hailing from both sides of the Pacific, paint a picture of how Japanese and Japanese American ancestors experienced everyday life during those treacherous times.

Yonsei Nicole Cherry and Kristen Hayashi, and shin-Nikkei Ayumi Nagata and Natsumi Shibata will share personal family stories passed down through generations. In a discussion moderated by Diana Tsuchida, the panelists will explore the ideas of missing home and family, the fear of the unknown, the commonality of not talking about the war experience, and what it was like uncovering family histories.

This program is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented with Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC).

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:30 PM

ZÓCALO—What Does the Life of Frederick Douglass Tell Us About America?


A Smithsonian/ASU “What It Means to Be American” Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

Moderated by Baratunde Thurston, cultural critic, comedian, and author of How to Be Black

American icon Frederick Douglass died in 1895, but he still makes the news. Indeed, he represents an increasingly rare sort of hero—one whose story is invoked across the political spectrum. Perhaps that’s because his life was so large, grand, and complex. He was among the most photographed and well-traveled people of the 19th century and had so many varied roles—radical and traditionalist, diplomat and revolutionary, author and subject—that he contains multitudes.

How should Americans best understand Frederick Douglass? How do we engage with his legacies? And what does our relationship to Douglass say about how Americans use the past to define who we are? Yale historian David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, visits Zócalo to examine the extent to which the Douglass story—as the slave who gains freedom and even fame—defines America.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo: A daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass, circa 1855. Courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Okaeri 2018: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering


Friday, November 16: 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Saturday, November 17: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Okaeri” is a common greeting in Japanese meaning “Welcome home!” All are welcome to attend the third biennial Okaeri conference to build acceptance, support, healing, and connections for LGBTQ Nikkei, as well as to help undo the continuing homophobia and transphobia that members of the Nikkei LGBTQ community experience. Although the conference will focus on Nikkei LGBTQ people, everyone is invited to attend.

$35 general admission, $20 students/seniors. Scholarships available. JANM members receive a 20% discount (please bring your current membership card when checking in at the event). For more info:

Read a 2014 interview with Okaeri lead organizer Marsha Aizumi on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
1:00 PM—4:00 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.

In the Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:30 PM

ZOCALO—Do Americans Misunderstand the Roots of Crime?


A Zócalo/KCRW “Critical Thinking with Warren Olney” Event at JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

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

Americans treat crime as a public scourge. And we attack it via public systems—our prisons, probation departments, and school and youth programs—to intervene before people go wrong. But what if crime isn’t a public problem, but rather an intensely private issue tied to families? Just five percent of American families account for half of all crimes, and 10 percent of families account for two-thirds. And new research suggests crime is a family tradition passed on through multiple generations, even to great-grandchildren. Why does crime run in families? How can we help, treat, or punish families to break their cycles of crime? And what should this reality of crime mean for efforts to reform incarceration and law enforcement in the United States, home to one-quarter of the world’s prison population?

Former New York Times national correspondent Fox Butterfield, author of In My Father’s House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family, sits down with Warren Olney at Zócalo to explain how crime really works and to explore the best ways to fight it.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Photo courtesy of Paul Rich Studio.




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