Partnerships & Collaborations Past Events
National Veterans Oral History Project
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has embarked on an ambitious project to record the life stories of America's war veterans.
Join us for a panel discussion and update on this important collaborative project to gather and make accessible the stories of Japanese American veterans. Presentation will include a brief workshop on how to conduct oral histories.
- John Esaki, Director, Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum
- Sarah Rouse, Senior Program Officer, Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
- Fred Murakami, Chairman Emeritus, National Japanese American Veterans Council
- Steven Itano Wasserman, Hanashi Program Manager, Go For Broke Educational Foundation
Moderator: Art Hansen, Professor, California State University, Fullerton
FREE with Museum admission. Call 213.625.0414 for more information.
World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art
"Day Without Art" began in 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Since then, "Day With(out) Art" has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 museums, galleries, art centers, service organizations, libraries, high schools, and colleges take part to help increase public awareness of this global pandemic.
The National Museum is proud to join these efforts by draping our "art work of the month."
Joseph Ileto Speaker Series presents Helen Zia
In partnership with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California, the National Museum is proud to host this conversation with award winning journalist, author, and activist, Helen Zia. A tireless advocate for the rights of Asian Americans, women, gays, and lesbians, Zia shares the lessons of her work and vision for the future.
Named after Filipino American postal worker and hate crime victim, Joseph Ileto, this annual speakers series features diverse voices of those working to end the pernicious effects of prejudice and bias.
Life Interrupted: Reunion & Remembrance in Arkansas
The National Museum presents a preview screening of excerpts from Life Interrupted: Reunion & Remembrance in Arkansas, a new production from the National Museum's award-winning Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center.
This documentary captures the journey of more than 1,300 nationwide participants to Little Rock for a historic conference that examined the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated at Jerome and Rohwer during World War II. Featured stories reflect the history and emotions of a community forged in the remote, snake-infested swamps of Arkansas more than 60 years ago.
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.
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.