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Saturday, February 16, 2008
2:00 PM

Community Day of Remembrance


The Day of Remembrance marks President Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which authorized the unconstitutional forced removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and Hawai'i during World War II.

On August 10, 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which legislated monetary reparations and an offical apology to thousands of individuals whose rights had been violated almost 50 years earlier. The Civil Liberties Act was won through a grassroots campaign and the efforts of the entire community along with many justice minded people.

This 2008 Day of Remembrance program celebrates the grassroots activism starting with Japanese Americans testifying at government-sanctioned hearings in 1981, through letter writing and lobbying for redress, to the current demand for compensation for Japanese Latin Americans. Day of Remembrance programs are part of the continued need to educate and remember and it is a tradition for many colleges to hold Day of Remembrance events on their campuses.

"Unleashing Community Voices-Performance Art created by Traci Kato-Kiriyama - Video Highlights from the 1981 Commission Hearings and the Redress Campaign"
Japanese Latin American Redress: Rep. Xavier Becerra, Congressman 33rd District
Collegiate Days of Remembrances: USC, UC San Diego, UC Riverside
Light refreshments following program
Arrive early - limited seating
For more information: NCRR (213)680-3484, JACL (213)626-4471

Presented in collaboration with the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, the Japanese American Citizen’s League–Pacific Southwest, and the National Museum.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
1:00 PM—5:00 PM

Anime Day on the Plaza

FREE, no reservations required

Join us for this special collaboration between MOCA and the National Museum with special screenings, discussions, and activities around the art form that has inspired the work of artists like Takashi Murakami.

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues
Saturday, February 2, 2008
2:00 PM

Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Reconsidering Roots

(Part 1 of 3)

FREE Admission

The first in this series, Reconsidering Roots, will focus on the role of Japanese American women in the redress movement. The panelists will each speak about a specific individual's contributions — Joy Morimoto on Sox Kitashima; Sharon Yamato on Michi Weglen; and Diana Meyers Bahr on Sue Kunitomi Embrey.

Presented in collaboration with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress and Community, Asian American Studies, UCLA.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
3:00 PM—5:00 PM

Teens of Contemporary Art (TOCA)

FREE, no reservations required

Teens are invited to explore art and materials at MOCA's ©Murakami and the National Museum's Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues, then try their own hand at painting and silkscreening.

For additional information on TOCA, call 213.633.5310 or email

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues
Thursday, November 15, 2007

Meet Author Cynthia Kadohata


At the Glendale Public Library
222 East Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205


Edgar Award-winning author Naomi Hirahara joins Newberry Award-winning author of Weedflower, Cynthia Kadohata, in conversation.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Celebration of Japanese American Culture


At the Glendale Public Library
222 East Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205


National Museum volunteers Ruthie Kitagawa (origami), Hal Keimi (taiko), and Rodney Kageyama (storytelling) share their expertise with the citizens of Glendale in this festive celebration of Japanese American culture.




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