Partnerships & Collaborations Past Events
Presented by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC)
Written and directed by Lane Nishikawa
Nationally recognized Japanese American playwright Lane Nishikawa was commissioned in 1996 by the Scottsdale Center for the Arts to write a play about the Gila River relocation center during World War II. Intertwining themes of racism, betrayal, patriotism and identity, the play examines the unique cultural exchange between the Pima-Maricopa Indians who lived on the Gila River Reservation and the Japanese Americans prisoners on the Reservation.
For tickets and more information, call the JACCC at 213.680.3700.
Panel Discussion for the Beliz Brother, Mei-ling Hom, and Kim Yasuda: Celebrating U.S. - Japan Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship Program Exhibition
Featuring: Prof. Masako Notoji (Tokyo University), Dr. Carol Gluck (Columbia University), Dr. Richard Wood (Yale University), Professor Nagayo Homma (Seijyo University), and moderated by E. Barry Keehn, President of the Japan America Society.
Panelists will examine the relationship between the US and Japan over the last 50 years, in particular, how each country impacts each other culturally, economically and socially. Co-sponsored by the National Museum, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, Town Hall of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Affairs Council and UCLA Center for Japanese Studies.
Day of Remembrance
Day of Remembrance (DOR), the community's annual commemoration of President Roosevelt's signing of EO 9066 and the World War II exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans, will be held at the Japanese American National Museum. The 2001 DOR marks the 20th Anniversary of the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), formerly known as the National Coalition for Redress & Reparation. The National Museum, the Pacific Southwest District JACL, and other community organizations join with NCRR in reflecting upon the 20+ year journey for redress and justice, and the continuing efforts for a vibrant and strong community.
Day of Remembrance Program
The Day of Remembrance will focus on Japanese Latin Americans who were kidnapped from fifteen Latin American countries, brought to the U.S., and incarcerated at U.S. Department of Justice camps during World War II. Although a settlement of $5,000 in reparations has been reached, many seek the same measure of justice as Japanese Americans.
This special program will begin with words of tribute to the late Michi Weglyn who inspired so many people to seek redress for Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans. A remembrance of the Japanese Latin American historical and present-day struggle will follow. The program will also include a presentation of the “Fighting Spirit Award” by the NCRR and performances by hereandnow and Visiting Violette in collaboration with members of NCRR and local youth.
A reception for Day of Remembrance attendees will immediately follow. Reservations are required. To make reservations, please call the Museum at 213.625.0414.
Co-sponsored by the National Coalition for Redress & Reparations (NCRR)
Envisioning Asian American Identities: Aesthetics, Politics, and Culture
At the University of Southern California, Harris Hall 101
This afternoon symposium will address the question of Asian American identity in visual culture by exploring the art and cultural historical issues raised by the exhibition Asian Traditions/Modern Expressions: Asian American Artists and Abstraction.
Speakers and participants will include art historians, anthropologists, cultural historians, and artists. For reservations and/or more information, please call the USC’s Fisher Gallery at 213.740.4561.
Presented by the Fisher Gallery, USC, and co-sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum.
Community Issues Series
Thursday Evenings at the Museum
Performance & Video Screening
Video and performance artist Kip Fulbeck explores the Hapa male experience through hilarious stories of dating, family, and pop culture. From Bruce Lee to David Carradine to Connie Chung, Fulbeck pokes fun at media stereotypes, interracial dating patterns, and icons of race and sex in Asian America. Currently an Associate Professor of Studio Art and Asian American Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, Fulbeck has performed and screened his work throughout the U.S. and recently served as a visiting artist at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This program is presented in collaboration with the Hapa Issues Forum, Los Angeles Chapter.