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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.

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




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