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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

Thursday, May 17, 2007
6:00 PM

"We Do, Too": APIs and the Marriage Equality Debate

A panel of experts discuss the historical, political, religious, and legal implications of the debate on equal marriage rights for lesbians and gays. Presenters include Reverend Mark Nakagawa, senior minister of Centenary United Methodist Church in Little Tokyo, attorney Karin Wang of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and author/activist Helen Zia, who in 2005 married her long-time partner in San Francisco. Moderated by Marshall Wong, co-chair of the coalition, API Equality--LA. Welcoming remarks by George Takei*, Chair Emeritus of the National Museum Board of Trustees. Reception to follow. More information at

This program is co-sponsored by APAIT, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, API Equality-LA, APAs for Progress, API P-FLAG, API Pride Council, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

*Appearance subject to cancellation based on professional obligations.

Saturday, May 12, 2007
11:00 AM

Asian Pacific American Book Festival

The National Museum is proud to be the host venue for the inaugural Asian Pacific American Book Festival. The day celebrates the importance of sharing the vitality, challenges, and success of Asian Americans through the written word. Organized and presented by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, this premiere event will feature literary luminaries and authors such as Newbery Award winner Cynthia Kadohata, David Mas Masumoto, Naomi Hirahara, John Hamamura, Rick Noguchi, Giant Robot co-editors Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, Nina Revoyr, Dan Kwong, Linda Furiya, and Lela Lee author of Angry Little Girls. Special children's programming will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Other activities include writing performances, workshops and publishing seminars. Contact for more information.

You can purchase books by many of these authors at the Museum Store Online.

Saturday, April 21, 2007
2:00 PM

Conserving Culturally Specific Art Works: Conversations and Practice


A discussion around cultural conservation and preservation, this panel is in conjunction with the National Museum's NEA grant to support the conservation treatment of paintings by Benji Okubo, a Nisei artist who painted while incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming during World War II. Panelists includ Rushmore Cervantes, chief deputy controller -- City of Los Angeles and former general manager of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument; Jo Hill, director of conservation, Fowler Museum at UCLA; Jill Moniz, program manager, Visual Arts, California African American Museum; and Linda Strauss, senior director of Collections, Autry National Center of the American West. Moderated by Leslie Rainer, senior project specialist, Getty Conservation Institute. Following this discussion, Scott M. Haskins, conservator, Fine Art Conservation Laboratories, focuses on the work he performed on the Okubo paintings. A unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes view of the conservation process.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, February 17, 2007
2:00 PM

Day of Remembrance: "Military Necessity" to "National Security" ... The Use of Executive Power from WWII to Iraq



The Day of Remembrance is held each year to commemorate President Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. Roosevelt proclaimed "military necessity" and set into motion the removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans with little or no challenge from congress or the nation.

The program for Day of Remembrance 2007 examines the use of Executive Power from both a historical and present-day perspective and explores the ways in which challenges to this presidential authority have been enacted. This year's program will serve as a catalyst for all Americans to evaluate governmental authority and ensure that elected officials adopt policies that uphold the constitution. Panelists will discuss the role of other branches of the federal government and the importance of activism in safeguarding civil liberties for all.

Participants include: Helga Aguayo, wife of Agustin Aguayo, the first U.S. soldier stationed in Germany to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq; Laila Al Marayati, spokesperson for Muslim Women's League; Honorable Xavier Becerra, Congressman of the 31st District of California and Assistant to the Speaker of the House; Lane Hirabayashi, George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress, and Community, UCLA; Tadashi Nakamura, Filmmaker, Pilgrimage (2006); Cedrick Shimo, Private, 1800th Engineering Batallion (WWII).

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