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Saturday, September 30, 2017
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Hidden Histories: The Story and Legacy of Japanese American WWII Incarceration


Hidden Histories is a touring program of five short narrative films about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Each film tells a personal story that dramatizes a different aspect of this history.

Hidden Histories commemorates an important chapter in American history at the same time that it serves as a cautionary tale; although the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians declared in 1982 that the Japanese American incarceration was “motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership,” our nation is at risk of repeating those mistakes. Hidden Histories reminds us of the profound cost of abandoning our ideals of an inclusive society and equal protection under the law.

Discussion with the filmmakers to follow the screening. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Q&A—Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (Part 1)


Join us for the LA premiere of this new documentary by Holly Yasui tracing the early life of her father, the noted civil rights activist Minoru Yasui.

Born in 1916 to Japanese immigrant parents, Yasui was raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon, and became that state’s first Japanese American attorney. During the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans by the US government, he set up a practice to help the Japanese immigrant community with their legal needs. He also decided to make himself into a legal test case by purposely violating the curfew that had been imposed on Japanese Americans; he took his appeals all the way to the Supreme Court.

This film, the first of a two-part documentary, ends with Yasui and his family’s experiences during the war. The presentation will include a preview of the forthcoming Part Two, which will cover Yasui’s postwar life as a relentless civil rights activist, a leader in the Japanese American Redress movement, and the posthumous winner in 2015 of a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Q&A to follow with Holly Yasui. Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Read a 2015 article by Holly Yasui about the film on Discover Nikkei.

Thursday, July 27, 2017
7:00 PM

Outdoor Concert and Movie Night—Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country



Join us for a set by Tim Russ Crew, a pop-rock band led by Star Trek actor Tim Russ, followed by a screening of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the last of the Star Trek films to feature the entire original cast from the television series, including George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, now commander of the USS Excelsior. Welcome remarks by George Takei (subject to availability).

Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
Saturday, June 3, 2017
1:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—Unknown Warriors of World War II


Join us for a screening of Unknown Warriors of World War II, a documentary film celebrating the patriotic legacy of the Japanese American soldiers of WWII, followed by a panel discussion moderated by director and producer David Ono, co-anchor of ABC7 Eyewitness News.

At 10 a.m., Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) presents their annual tribute ceremony, celebrating the 18th anniversary of the Go For Broke Monument. The ceremony will include a floral dedication and the Monument Opportunity Drawing. Come early to experience it all. Visit for more information.

Free with JANM or GFBNEC admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Discussion—East Side Sushi


East Side Sushi follows Juana, a single, working-class Latina mother, as she discovers a passion for making sushi.

Years of working in the food industry have made Juana’s hands very fast; she can slice and dice anything with great speed and precision. Forced to give up her fruit-vending cart in order to find a more secure job, Juana becomes a kitchen assistant at a local Japanese restaurant and discovers a whole new world of cuisine and culture, far removed from everything she has known.

As she observes the sushi chefs at work, she secretly teaches herself to make a variety of sushi, and soon finds that her creativity is sparked; she begins to want more from her job and her life. She attempts to become a sushi chef, but faces challenges because she is the “wrong” race and gender. Against all odds, Juana embarks on a journey of self-discovery, determined to not let anyone stop her from achieving her dream.

Members of the cast and crew will be present for a Q&A after the screening. Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Read an interview with assistant producer Vicki Wong about the film on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, October 29, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening—Tatau: Marks of Polynesia Documentary


Made by the organizers of Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, this documentary film explores the history of the 2,000-year-old art form as well as the influential Su‘a Sulu‘ape family and their mission to preserve the practice of traditional Samoan tattooing, providing insight into the origins of the art form.

The film includes exclusive interviews with Samoan Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta‘isi Efi, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuila‘epa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, renowned athlete Zita Martel, and tattoo artists Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Peter, Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paul Jr., Su‘a Sulu‘ape Aisea Toetu‘u, Sulu‘ape Steve Looney, Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, Mike Fatutoa, and Sulu‘ape Si‘i Liufau.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director John Agcaoili, exhibition curator Takahiro “Ryudaibori” Kitamura, and several artists featured in the film.

Free with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Image: Tattoo by Su‘a Sulu‘ape Alaiva‘a Petelo. Photo by John Agcaoili.

In conjunction with the exhibition Tatau: Marks of Polynesia



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