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Saturday, May 11, 2002
1:00 PM

When You're Smiling: The Deadly Legacy of Internment

Film Screening, Part of Nationhood, History, and Cinema Film Series
Award-winning filmmaker Janice Tanaka documents the personal story of her family as they struggled through the harsh post camp years. This autobiographical documentary explores the dark side of life for working-class Japanese Americans living in racially mixed South Central Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. The film offers the first comprehensive account of the price subsequent generations paid for the denial of ethnic identity in the aftermath of Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Tanaka will be joined by Dr. Lon Kurashige, Professor of History, USC and John Esaki of the National Museum's Media Arts Center, to answer questions from the audience.

Saturday, March 23, 2002
1:30 PM

Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan

Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan is the first documentary to thoroughly examine the complex relationships of African Americans and Japanese people. Reggie Life, executive producer and director, initially went to Japan as an Artist Fellow with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and Bunka-Cho. He is the recipient of many awards including a CINE Golden Eagle.

Thursday, October 4, 2001
7:00 PM

Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray

Elegant and penetrating, Toyo Miyatake: Infinite Shades of Gray positions this immigrant photographer within the canon of American art. In Los Angeles, Miyatake is renowned as a studio photographer. To others he is known for having smug gled a lens and film holder into one of America's WWII concentration camps. Yet it was his little-known artistic pursuits before the war that honed his discerning eye. Join filmmaker Bob Nakamura and composer David Iwataki as they share their experiences in creating the video, which includes never-before seen images of Manzanar and recently-discovered home movies of Little Tokyo taken by Miyatake. Iwataki will perform compositions from the soundtrack.

Sunday, July 22, 2001
3:00 PM

Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto

Video Premiere Screening and Panel Discussion in New York

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In conjunction with the exhibition Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience
Thursday, July 12, 2001
7:30 PM

Harsh Canvas: The Art and Life of Henry Sugimoto

This documentary features rare home movie footage of Sugimoto painting in Jerome concentration camp and the voice of Academy Award-nominated actor Mako. The panel discussion immediately following includes Director John Esaki, musician David Iwataki and Mako.

In conjunction with the exhibition Henry Sugimoto: Painting an American Experience
Thursday, November 20, 1997
7:30 PM—9:00 PM

Gener'asian Y

Thursday Evenings at the Museum

Gener’asian Y is a video documentary on the lives of Asian and Pacific Islander queer youth in Los Angeles. Through interviews, the video explores discrimination, love, sex, HIV/AIDS, and empowerment through the eyes of a Pilipina American lesbian artist/musician, a 22-year-old Vietnamese gay fashion designer, a transgendered political activist from South Central L.A., and a Japanese beauty queen. These pre-Generation Xers explore their life stories about “coming out” and being young and Asian Pacific Islander in today’s society. Funded by the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team’s youth program. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating.




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