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Saturday, February 19, 2005
2:00 PM

Day of Remembrance


"Patriotism" and "loyalty" were volatile issues in America's concentration camps during World War II and continue to be controversial topics today. The program will examine the response of Japanese Americans to the US government's test of loyalty (Questions 27 and 28) -- including responses from resistors -- and our responsibility to defend those whose constitutional rights are currently being denied. The Day of Remembrance commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Thursday, January 20, 2005
7:30 PM

Return of the Dragon: Crenshaw Boulevard, Bruce Lee, and 1970s Afro-Asian Cultural Connections


The National Museum presents a panel discussion exploring issues raised by the exhibition Black Belt. Originally organized by the Studio Museum in Harlem and on view at SMMOA through February 12, Black Belt probes the interconnected effects of multiculturalism on popular culture and art practice. Panelists will include artists, scholars, and others who consider the impact of political movements, demographic shifts, and the fantastic idolatry of Bruce Lee on the complex history of co-existence between Asians and African Americans in 1970s Los Angeles.

Saturday, October 9, 2004

U.S. 101 Photo Club Anniversary Showcase

please refer to the October 8 event information.

Friday, October 8, 2004

U.S. 101 Photo Club Anniversary Showcase

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the U.S. 101 Photo Club will showcase their work as one of the original non-commercial photo clubs to document Nikkei history. Club members will be on hand throughout this three-day program to discuss historical and contemporary images of life in Little Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Saturday, October 2, 2004
1:00 PM

Holiday Bowl History Project

In 1958, five Japanese Americans founded the Holiday Bowl in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. Serving a multi-racial clientele, this bowling alley played an important role in the desegregation of the city and served as an integral part in rebuilding the Nikkei community after World War II. It was demolished in 2003 despite efforts to save or re-purpose the site. On this weekend the Holiday Bowl History Project seeks to preserve and celebrate this story with a number of events throughout Los Angeles including the following at the National Museum:

  • 1:00–5:00 PM Bring your photos for the Holiday Bowl digital archives (all images will be returned)
  • Panel Discussions

1:00–2:45 PM The Holiday Bowl Over Time: 1958–2003
3:00–4:45 PM Race and Sports in L.A.: the Importance of the Holiday Bowl to Southern California

For more information on this and other events presented in conjunction with the ongoing project research, visit

Thursday, July 29, 2004
7:30 PM

Reverberations: Young Artists and Writers Envision the Future

In conjunction with the National Museum's "Educators Appreciation Week" and the National Summer Institute for Teachers. Produced in partnership with The HeArt? Project, a non-profit organization that facilitates long-term, dynamic learning experiences between professional artists and hard-to-reach teenagers.

Young visual and performing artists along with poets and writers from The HeArt? Project envision the future post - 9/11. Moderated by SARA WOLF, Dance Critic, LA Weekly and freelance writer, Los Angeles Times.




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