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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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017
7:30 PM

EPFC Filmcicle Presents Race and Space in Los Angeles VI



The latest installment of Echo Park Film Center’s Race and Space in Los Angeles screening series focuses on the city’s Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. The evening will begin with a USC student-made production, The Challenge (1957, Claude Bache), which examines the unlawful incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II from an assimilationist perspective put forth by the Japanese Americans Citizens League, which at the time was promoting a platform leaning towards adopting American ideologies.

As a counterpoint, the program will feature films from APIA filmmaking collective Visual Communications, whose works emphasized the APIA artist’s point of view. Manzanar (1971), a seminal film by VC founder Robert Nakamura, addresses the WWII Japanese American incarceration from a very different perspective. The program will include additional VC films that explore the topic of identity and collective memory within the APIA community.

This program is presented in partnership with Echo Park Film Center, the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC, and Visual Communications.

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit

Saturday, July 22, 2017
2:00 PM

How to Find Your Japanese Immigrant Ancestors


Learn how to conduct research using the federal immigration and naturalization records maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Find ship passenger records, even if you don’t know when your ancestors arrived in the United States. Explore immigration case files and other federal records that can offer unique insights into the lives of your ancestors at the time of their arrival in this country and how they were affected by immigration policies.

Led by Marisa Louie Lee, former archivist at the National Archives at San Francisco and an avid researcher and genealogist who specializes in federal records.

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

Presented in partnership with Nikkei Genealogical Society.

Read an interview with Marisa Louie Lee on Discover Nikkei.

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

Moving Day program presented by GFBNEC


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, the site of Los Angeles’ first Buddhist temple and a pickup point for Japanese Americans bound for concentration camps during World War II.

During the run of Moving Day, JANM and several community partners will present a series of dialogues and events grappling with the legacy of the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. Tonight’s program will be presented by Go For Broke National Education Center and will focus on the roles of Japanese American women during WWII, especially those who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).

For more information about Moving Day, visit

Saturday, July 15, 2017
12:00 PM—5:00 PM

The Asian American ComiCon Presents: A Summit on Art, Action, and the Future


In 2009, the Asian American ComiCon was held in New York City, bringing together Asian American indie and mainstream comics creators for a historic gathering to celebrate the unique and flourishing graphic storytelling talents of our community. Now, eight years later, AACC is hosting its second event: a Summit on Art, Action, and the Future.

In a time where diversity and creativity are both under attack, the summit will feature diverse creators talking about where we’re going next—creators like Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man, They Call Us Bruce), Jeff Yang (CNN, They Call Us Bruce), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), LaToya Morgan (writer, Into the Badlands), Lewis Tan (Marvel’s Iron Fist), and Keith Chow (The Nerds of Color). A special keynote conversation will feature the pioneering actor and activist George Takei.

The summit will also see the unveiling of New Frontiers, a brand new graphic anthology of original stories inspired by George Takei’s life and legacy—stories about incarceration and exclusion, representation and resistance, the digital world, and the struggle in the streets. AACC will include an Artists’ Alley where leading comics creators will be available for commissions and signings.

Check the Facebook event page for updates on the event, including schedule.

General admission: $17 ($20 at door)
VIP admission: $47 ($50 at door)—includes reserved seating and a first-run copy of New Frontiers.

General admission passes: FREE
VIP admission: $30

Limit of four tickets per membership. Contact for members discount code.

AACC is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei



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