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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.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
11:00 AM—2:30 PM

The Asian American Movement of the 1960s–70s: JACS-AI and Activism Today



Join us for an interactive program that will look at the long history of Japanese American activism in Little Tokyo through the lens of an innovative project: Japanese American Community Services-Asian Involvement (JACS-AI).

JACS-AI was a pivotal social services agency established in 1963 with funds from the shuttered Shonien children’s home, founded in 1914 by Rokuichi Kusumoto to meet the child care needs of Japanese immigrant families. The JACS-AI office became a center for the Asian American Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, focusing on “serve the people” programs carried out by hundreds of volunteers. Issues addressed included Issei and immigrant rights, women’s rights, drug abuse, healthcare, and war. Although the very idea of social protest was new to the Nikkei community at that time, the legacy of JACS-AI remains relevant today.

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs required using the link below.

Co-sponsored by Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) and Japanese American Community Services (JACS).

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:00 PM

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: The Tiger Hunter with Director Lena Khan



In this classic tale of love, laughs, and the American Dream, Sami Malik travels from India to the US to become an engineer and impress both his childhood crush and his father, a legendary tiger hunter. But when his prospects fall through, he takes a low-paying job as a draftsman and, with an oddball gang of friends, embarks on a scheme to convince his sweetheart that he’s more successful than he really is.

The Tiger Hunter premiered at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in 2016 and won the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative film. It will open in theaters nationwide on September 22. Join us for a special screening of the film followed by a panel discussion with director Lena Khan, actor Danny Pudi, and others, moderated by KTTV Fox 11 anchor Susan Hirasuna.

Space is limited!

Presented in partnership with AAJA-Los Angeles.




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