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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

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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.

Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Hanashi Oral History Pop Up

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FREE

Come see a selection of Go For Broke National Education Center’s Hanashi (“to talk”) Oral Histories. GFBNEC has been recording interviews of Nisei veterans of World War II as well as their contemporaries in the armed forces for over twenty years. Stay for as many interviews as you like; this day-long opportunity does not have formal presentations or introductions.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

In the Aratani Central Hall

Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:30 PM—3:30 PM

Detained in America: Children Speak

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FREE and open to the public

JANM Plaza: 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Screenings (17 min each): 12:30 p.m. • 3:40 p.m. • 4:10 p.m.

Conceived and created by Amy Cohen and Claudia Sobral, “Detained in America: Children Speak” is a program of child voices describing the trauma inflicted by US government policies on the young and innocent. Hosted by the Japanese American National Museum, the program’s organizers include The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), Immigrant Families Together (IFT), and Bend the Arc.

Demonstrating how American policies that cruelly target children and families echo from one century to the next, the program will feature Japanese American children reading excerpts from archival letters by those imprisoned in concentration camps. Then, local children will read quotes from the declarations of their asylum-seeking age-mates, recently taken from their families and incarcerated in detention facilities and immigration camps.

Also to be screened three times (12:30 p.m./3:40 p.m./4:10 p.m.) will be the clay animation film, Estrella, written and produced by 7th grade students from Keewanee, Illinois. The afternoon’s program will close with a presentation by the film’s student narrator and the teacher who guided his students through this project of education, empathy, and creative child empowerment.

For more information on “Detained in America: Children Speak,” please contact Amy Cohen at acohen8919@mac.com or Claudia Sobral at claudiaesobral@gmail.com.

Museum admission is free as part of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

Image courtesy of American Pediatrics Association

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 PM

REFLECTIONS/REFRACTIONS—Ten Works Inspired by At First Light

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FREE

An ad man coined the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” in the 1920s to emphasize the power of graphics to compel the viewer to adopt an idea or buy a product. But a picture can also be the springboard for new interpretations and the reimagination of the physical object, people, or places depicted. In that spirit, we reached out to ten literary arts practitioners to visit the At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America exhibition and select one still or moving image sequence on display that resonates with them and sparks their creative juices. They were then asked to compose an original five-minute performance piece based on that image.

Musicians Dom Magwili and Tajii Miyagawa will provide the opening and closing for this special evening where the power of words, images, and performance meld into an experience of invention, reflection, and inspiration.

ARTISTS: Teresa Mei Chuc, Naomi Hirahara, Miya Iwataki, traci kato-kiriyama, Kenji Liu, Koji Steven Sakai, Irene Soriano, Amy Uyematsu, Eric Wat, and Stan Yogi.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended. For more information about the program and the participants, read the press release. For updates, please visit vcmedia.org.

Photo: Members of UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union sing to demand tenure for the school’s sociology professor Don T. Nakanishi during a May 1988 rally at the front steps of historic Campbell Hall, near the exact location where Black Panther Party members and UCLA honors students “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins were gunned down in January 1969. (Abraham Ferrer/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7:30 PM—10:00 PM

Past Present: Conversations with the Future

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FREE, open to the public on the JANM Plaza

Wednesday–Friday, August 28–30 • 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m.

Pulling together the moving parts of her +LAB residency experience, traci kato-kiriyama—with home base JANM—presents a performance-installation utilizing large-scale projections and sound scapes of letters of the past in conversation with the present.

From sunset to 10 p.m. each night, the public can enjoy a loop of the projections and sound scape recorded from letters found in JANM’s Collections department as well as kato-kiriyama’s Tea & Letter Writing series and community engagements in collaboration with Cognate Collective. The letters are thread together by issues of family separation that surpass time and connect communities then, now, and into the future as we contemplate, discuss, and plot how we’ll elevate our active definitions of Solidarity, Community, and Home, in Little Tokyo and beyond.

Each night will host areas for tea drinking, letter writing, an interactive listening station produced by Cognate Collective, and live performance featuring kato-kiriyama with Residency collaborators, including Umi Hsu, Rino Kodama, Ally Vega, Linda Wei, Mya Worrell, and Kuniharu Yoshida.

Please note that live performances will vary each night. For details closer to each date, follow @traciakemi1 on Instagram.

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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FREE

Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have 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 on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their 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.”

All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

(Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

 

 

 

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