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Thursday, May 11, 2017
7:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—K-TOWN ’92 Reporters: Who Gets to Tell the Story?


K-TOWN ’92 Reporters was produced by Peabody award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee as part of, an interactive web archive that explores the 1992 Los Angeles Riots through the lens of greater Koreatown. With a mix of archival news footage, new interviews, and other media, invites users to create their own unique documentary experience and to hear poignant stories that were overlooked by the media coverage of the day.

Join us for a screening of Lee’s film followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker; John Lee, former Los Angeles Times reporter; Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times reporter; and Joanne Griffith, senior editor at Marketplace Weekend. Moderated by Oliver Wang, Associate Professor of Sociology, California State University, Long Beach.

RSVP required at

Co-presented with Asian American Journalist Association-Los Angeles and PBS SoCal.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

C3: The Conference for Creative Content


Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30

Presented by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, C3 is a two-day media arts conference dedicated to providing the APA creative community with a space for meaningful discourse on media and entertainment.

Panels and seminars feature established pioneers in entertainment, academia, and professional guilds. Topics covered will include new media technologies, media platforms, and distribution. C3 celebrates creativity and diversity by connecting aspiring and emerging content creators with seasoned individuals leading the charge.

For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Friday, April 28, 2017

33rd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival


Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30

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 33rd edition in 2017, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences. For information and to purchase tickets, visit JANM members are eligible for discounts.

Note: entire festival runs April 27–May 4; screenings at JANM take place April 28–30.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30 PM—7:30 PM

Moving Day program presented by Visual Communications



Each night through August 11, from sunset to midnight, Moving Day presents outdoor projections of Civilian Exclusion Order posters, which were issued during World War II to inform persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal and incarceration. The date of each projection will coincide with the original issue date of the order being projected. Projections take place on the façade of the museum’s Historic Building.

Before tonight’s projections begin, join us for a special program presented by Visual Communications. Watch short video works from Digital Histories, a video production program created by Visual Communications that gives voice to ethnic-minority seniors from the Los Angeles, Asian Pacific American community. Seniors are particularly marginalized, and a major outcome of this project is the development of a unique voice from each program participant. This program has been compiled by program participant, and Little Tokyo resident Stephen Nagano and will include videos focused on the World War II incarceration.

For a complete schedule of Moving Day programs, visit

Saturday, April 15, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Santa Anita Assembly Center Reunion

On the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Santa Anita Assembly Center, JANM and the Santa Anita Assembly Center Committee present a reunion and a public remembrance.

Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and President Roosevelt’s issuance of Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast, the detainees were first sent to makeshift assembly centers while the remote concentration camps were being prepared for their arrival. Santa Anita Assembly Center utilized the grounds, parking lots, and horse stalls at Santa Anita Park to hold nearly 19,000 individuals, who had been living as far north as San Jose and as far south as San Diego, in unspeakable conditions for five months.

The event at JANM, which is open to the public and includes a lunch and a program, will bring together surviving detainees, their families, and their descendants’ families, whose lives became forever entwined as a result of their shared experiences at Santa Anita between March 27 and October 27, 1942.

$30 per person. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. To make a reservation, please contact committee members June Aochi Berk at or 818.400.3273, or Colleen Miyano at or 310.908.7508.

Presented in partnership with the Santa Anita Assembly Center Committee.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading



East West Players presents a reading of June is the First Fall, written by Yilong Liu and directed by Jeff Liu.

After a painful breakup, a Chinese American gay man returns home to Hawaii, where he must confront his sister, his father, and himself about an unspeakable past that separated them, and a tender family history that held them together. Inspired by a portrait of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to immigrate to the United States, the play explores love, loss, and the struggles of letting go of past wounds.

Yilong Liu’s work has been produced or developed at Kumu Kahua Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival, New York Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and Queens Theatre. Born and raised in Chongqing, China, Liu is the recipient of a 2016 playwriting scholarship from East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Writers Institute (DHHWI) in conjunction with Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre (APAFT).

Read our interview with playwright Yilong Liu about his play on the JANM blog.




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