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Saturday, November 10, 2007
2:00 PM

The First Battle: The Battle for Equality in War-Time Hawaii


by Tom Coffman
With war fears rising, a Council for Inter-racial Unity was organized in Honolulu in 1939 in support of Hawai`i's large Japanese ancestry community. When 120,000 people were incarcerated, a behind-the-scenes battle for justice and equality--reaching as far as the White House--set Hawai`i on a different course. Conversation with filmmaker Tom Coffman and Dr. Richard Kosaki follows screening.

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.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Reclaiming Lives Turned Upside Down


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


Mitch Maki, dean of the college of Health and Human Services, California State University Dominguez Hills, moderates a panel with National Museum volunteers and docents, June Aoki, Richard "Babe" Karasawa, Mas Matsumoto, and author Julie Otsuka.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
7:00 PM

Meet Author Julie Otsuka


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


When the Emperor Was Divine author Julie Otsuka in conversation with best-selling author and editor of Los Angeles Noir, Denise Hamilton.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Glendale Public Library Card Holders FREE Day!


Present your Glendale Public Library card and receive free admission to the National Museum!

One Book/One Glendale: A Citywide Reading Event

Designed to unify Glendale's diverse community, One Book/One Glendale hopes to foster community through the universal themes of family, injustice, and freedom explored in Julie Otsuka's historical novel, When the Emperor Was Divine. In conjunction with this citywide reading event, the National Museum presents a series of public programs that transports the stories and narratives told within the National Museum's walls to the Glendale Public Library. These programs on November 7, 8, 10, and 14 (see specific listings for program details) will be held at the Glendale Public Library, 222 East Harvard St., Glendale, CA 91205. For more information about One Book/One Glendale, contact Mary Alice Wollam at or 818.548.2047.

Sunday, October 7, 2007
11:00 AM

Living Arts Expo



Join horticultural experts as they sell their wares and share their expertise during a gardening extravaganza involving bonsai (trees in containers), aiseki (viewing stones), bamboo, and more! Participants include Aiseki Kai, Fuji Bonsai Nursery, San Gabriel Nursery, Kushi's Tree Design, Torrance Cymbidium Society, NK Tree Nursery, Descanso Bonsai Society, and Ralph Evans Botanical Partners.

Made possible, in part, by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.

In conjunction with the exhibition Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden
Saturday, August 18, 2007

67th Nisei Week Japanese Festival Begins


August 18-26, 2007
All Day
The 67th Nisei Week Japanese Festival, including the Grand Parade, Street Fair and Street Ondo in Little Tokyo. For more information, please call 213.687.7193 or visit




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