Partnerships & Collaborations Past Events
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.
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 www.holidaybowlcrenshaw.com.
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.
Community Day of Remembrance
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. The program will feature the premier screening of the film Stand Up For Justice, the story of 16-year-old Mexican American Ralph Lazo who voluntarily went to Manzanar to remain with his friends at a time when few stood up for Japanese Americans. The program will also recognize individuals and organizations who have taken principled positions and "stood up for justice."
Produced by Visual Communications and Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), Stand Up For Justice will screen at the George & Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theater (244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles) located adjacent to Little Tokyo's Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Admission is $20 and $15 for seniors and students with valid ID.
Day of Remembrance is a presentation of Visual Communications and NCRR. The event is co-sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League/Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and the Japanese American National Museum. For more information, call 213.680.4462 ext. 58. For tickets, call the Aratani/Japan America Theater at 213.680.3700 or via fax at 213.680.1872. Open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 PM.
Fresh Words & Actions: Two in LA by Rhiana Yazzie
A staged reading of a play about a young Navajo woman’s shocking discovery of real life in Los Angeles. In her hometown of Cuba, New Mexico, others could not see past Nita’s ethnicity, but in LA she could be anyone she wanted to be. Thrown into the middle of post-9/11 immigration decrees and their inherent biased nature, Nita is forced to experience a physical and emotional displacement of her own.
A dram-edy, Two in LA is Los Angeles from the perspective of two of America’s Native inhabitants. Rhiana Yazzie is a Navajo playwright originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the former Associate Artistic Director of a Native American theatre company in Albuquerque, where she wrote, directed, and produced plays, and acted, designed, and created costumes. Yazzie has received numerous accolades as a playwright and her work has been produced throughout the West.
In collaboration with East West Players Writer’s Gallery.
Public Program and Book Signing cosponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History,
Scholars from Brazil, Canada, and the United States will discuss two new landmark publications that explore the current status of Nikkei in the Americas as well as common attributes Nikkei share, especially in terms of the family, the position of women, religion, education, politics, and economics. For more information, please contact Eileen Kurahashi at 213.830.5628. 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Public Program and Book Signing cosponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, and the National Museum of American History.