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Saturday, July 28, 2018
2:00 PM

Stories of Displacement



In conjunction with What We Carried, stories of displacement as experienced by a variety of communities will be shared. Perspectives will include those of recent Iraqi and Syrian refugees and Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII. Additional issues we will explore include dehumanization, displacement, resiliency, cross-cultural empathy, overcoming negative stereotypes, and difficulties that communities of color face. Also, as part of an interactive activity, we will feature the “Refugee Chair” an immersive storytelling pop-up by Activate Labs, Participants are invited to share their stories of migration, pursuit of a better life, and dreams for the future with the "Refugee Chair." The Refugee Chair was created by artist Charity Ruther from life jackets found in Greece used by those who crossed from Syria and Afghanistan.

The panel will include:
• JANM docent Yae Aihara, who at 16 was incarcerated in a concentration camp during World War II.
• Naqib Noorzad, refugee from Afghanistan who arrived in the United States in Spring 2017 with his wife and three children. He previously worked in security services at a U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan which has informed his current belief against war, guns, and violence.
• Moderated by Traci Ishigo, co-chair of Vigilant Love.

RSVPs are recommended using the link below.



Vigilant Love
Vigilant Love is a grassroots organization challenging Islamophobia through arts, healing and activism. Building upon the legacy of Muslim American and Japanese American solidarity since 9/11, Vigilant Love organizes multi-ethnic, intergenerational and inter-spiritual movement to create pathways to liberation together.


Activate Labs
Activate Labs is a creative force for peace and justice. As strategists, storytellers, and mobilizers, we imagine, incubate, launch and support movements, campaigns, and organizations to create change.


In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, June 30, 2018
9:00 AM—6:00 PM

Legacies of Postwar Japan’s “War Bride” Era



During and shortly after the US-Allied Occupation of Japan, the Japanese women who fraternized with soldiers often met opposition from their families and were shunned by other Japanese. Many mixed-race children faced severe prejudice for being “impure” and born from the former enemy.

This symposium brings together various stakeholders to tell the stories of the war brides and their children. By focusing on the memories, realities, and legacies of this community, this groundbreaking gathering will create opportunities for listening, discussing, healing, and empowering attendees.


RSVPs are required using the link below. Click here for event schedule.

Presented in partnership with the Hapa Japan Project at USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

AAJA-LA Asian American Film Festival



Asian American Journalists Association of Los Angeles (AAJA-LA) kicks off its Summer Film Series with an evening at JANM celebrating emerging APA filmmakers. In partnership with HBO, the three winning films from HBO’s 2018 APA Visionaries Short Film Competition will be screened.

June (1st Place) – Director: Huay-Bing Law
Set on an American college campus during the 1960s, June chronicles the experience of a young Chinese woman as she attends her husband’s graduation.

Jiejie (2nd Place) – Director: Feng-I Fiona Roan
Jiejie is a portrait of two young sisters being raised by a single immigrant mother in Los Angeles in 1997.

Remittance (3rd Place) – Director: Maritte Go
Inspired by her immigrant family’s experiences, Remittance tells the story of a Filipino cruise worker who receives a call informing her that her son is in the hospital.

A Q&A with filmmakers Huay-Bing Law and Maritte Go will follow the screenings.

The AAJA-LA Summer Film Series seeks to bridge the journalism and entertainment communities as well as spotlight films and filmmakers of color. HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries is a short film competition sponsored by HBO that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent the opportunity to showcase their work.

Free. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with HBO and Visual Communications, with support of IW Group.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Sunday, June 3, 2018
2:00 PM

Dan Kwong: What? No Ping Pong Balls


Performance artist Dan Kwong teams up with taiko artist Kenny Endo for this moving and hilarious tribute to Kwong’s rebellious late mother, Momo Nagano.

Kwong traces Nagano’s journey from her all-American girlhood in Los Angeles to World War II incarceration camp, her life as a single mother raising four kids, and her transformation from housewife to Venice Beach artist. By including video interviews with other Japanese American single moms from the 1960s through today, Kwong weaves together the multiplicities of their experiences while revealing commonalities from their shared cultural background.

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

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Saturday, May 26, 2018
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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of festival favorites. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the experience. Celebrating its 34th edition, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences.

For schedule and to purchase tickets, visit JANM members are eligible for discounts.

Note: The festival runs May 3–12, with screenings at JANM taking place May 5–6 and 10.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum




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