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

Moving Day program presented by Visual Communications



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.

Before tonight’s projections begin, join us for a special program presented by Visual Communications. Watch short video works from Digital Histories, a video production program created by Visual Communications that gives voice to ethnic-minority seniors from the Los Angeles, Asian Pacific American community. Seniors are particularly marginalized, and a major outcome of this project is the development of a unique voice from each program participant. This program has been compiled by program participant, and Little Tokyo resident Stephen Nagano and will include videos focused on the World War II incarceration.

For a complete schedule of Moving Day programs, visit

Saturday, April 15, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Santa Anita Assembly Center Reunion

On the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Santa Anita Assembly Center, JANM and the Santa Anita Assembly Center Committee present a reunion and a public remembrance.

Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and President Roosevelt’s issuance of Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast, the detainees were first sent to makeshift assembly centers while the remote concentration camps were being prepared for their arrival. Santa Anita Assembly Center utilized the grounds, parking lots, and horse stalls at Santa Anita Park to hold nearly 19,000 individuals, who had been living as far north as San Jose and as far south as San Diego, in unspeakable conditions for five months.

The event at JANM, which is open to the public and includes a lunch and a program, will bring together surviving detainees, their families, and their descendants’ families, whose lives became forever entwined as a result of their shared experiences at Santa Anita between March 27 and October 27, 1942.

$30 per person. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. To make a reservation, please contact committee members June Aochi Berk at or 818.400.3273, or Colleen Miyano at or 310.908.7508.

Presented in partnership with the Santa Anita Assembly Center Committee.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
7:30 PM

East West Players: A Writers' Gallery Reading



East West Players presents a reading of June is the First Fall, written by Yilong Liu and directed by Jeff Liu.

After a painful breakup, a Chinese American gay man returns home to Hawaii, where he must confront his sister, his father, and himself about an unspeakable past that separated them, and a tender family history that held them together. Inspired by a portrait of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to immigrate to the United States, the play explores love, loss, and the struggles of letting go of past wounds.

Yilong Liu’s work has been produced or developed at Kumu Kahua Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival, New York Indie Theatre One Minute Play Festival, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and Queens Theatre. Born and raised in Chongqing, China, Liu is the recipient of a 2016 playwriting scholarship from East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Writers Institute (DHHWI) in conjunction with Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre (APAFT).

Read our interview with playwright Yilong Liu about his play on the JANM blog.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
6:30 PM—7:30 PM

Moving Day program presented by JANM


Tonight marks the beginning of Moving Day, on the eve of the original issue date for Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 (issued on March 24, 1942, to residents of Bainbridge Island, WA). Before the projection begins, join us for the first in a special series of public programs. Featured speakers are JANM volunteers Tohru Isobe and June Berk, both camp survivors, who will discuss what it was like to be forcibly removed from their homes as children. Discussion will be moderated by Clement Hanami, exhibition curator and Vice President of Operations/Art Director. Video clips from a 2013 visit to Bainbridge Island will also be shown.

For a complete schedule of Moving Day programs, visit

Sunday, February 26, 2017
7:30 PM

Comedy InvAsian Live Tapings—Amy Hill


JANM is pleased to host Comedy InvAsian, a new series of one-hour standup comedy performances that will be filmed in front of live audiences in our Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Come be a part of the audience as six of the nation’s most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) comedians take the stage.

Actress/comedian Amy Hill’s numerous television and film credits include Seinfeld, All-American Girl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, UnREAL, The Great Indoors, and Amazon Studio’s Just Add Magic.

Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased at this link. For more information, including biographies of the performers, visit

Read a 2011 interview with Amy Hill on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

Nikkei Genealogical Society General Meeting



The Nikkei Genealogical Society (NikkeiGen) promotes, encourages, and shares Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. NikkeiGen’s general meetings are open to anyone who is interested in researching their family trees, learning more about their Japanese roots and heritage, and participating in group discussions and networking. Meetings occur approximately once a month from January to October, with the location alternating between JANM and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) in Burbank. Meetings are always free, but RSVP is required.

To RSVP or for more information, email or visit the Facebook page at Limited to 35 participants.




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