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Sunday, October 25, 2015
4:00 PM

Film Screening, Panel Discussion, and Reception—Off the Menu: Asian America

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Off the Menu: Asian America, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee, takes viewers on a road trip across the United States in an exploration of how family, history, faith, and geography shape people’s relationships to food and their communities. Lee travels from Houston, Texas, to Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to Oahu, Hawaii, seeking stories that reflect an evolving Asian Pacific America and the role food plays in peoples’ lives.

“We wanted to find unexpected stories that embodied the Asian American experience,” says Lee. “Asian America is already such a vast, complex, and contested idea. Focusing on food was a way to explore the deeper connections of culture and family, and the ideas of authenticity and adaptation that link us all.”

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Lee and local chefs and food writers, moderated by sociologist Oliver Wang. Reception to follow, featuring dishes inspired by the film.

Tickets are available at vconline.org.

Presented in partnership with Visual Communications.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Motel

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An underappreciated gem that premiered to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, The Motel is the heartwarming story of an Asian American boy coming of age.

Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at an hourly-rate suburban motel. Alienated from his family, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a troubled yet charismatic Korean man who checks in to the motel and teaches the fatherless boy the rites of manhood. This film is unrated.

This special 10th Anniversary screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Michael Kang (director/writer), Sung Kang (actor), Samantha Futerman (actor), Miguel Arteta (producer), and Gina Kwon (producer). There will be a cash bar reception at Far Bar after the program.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
2:00 PM

Panel Discussion and Screening: Lil Tokyo Reporter: Sei Fujii's Fight for Nikkei Rights

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Lil Tokyo Reporter is a short film inspired by the true story of Sei Fujii, a community leader who looked out for the interests of Japanese American people in Southern California during the first half of the 20th century.

Fujii is best known for building the much-needed Japanese Hospital and for overturning the California Alien Land Law in 1952. Set during the Great Depression, the film shows Fujii using his radio program and newspaper to promote his community’s accomplishments and confront corrupt business practices.

Screening will be followed by a talk with John G. Tomlinson, retired Associate Dean of the USC Gould School of Law, and Superior Court Judge Bruce G. Iwasaki.

This program is free with admission, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

Purchase the Lil Tokyo Reporter DVD at the JANM Store.

Learn more about the legal struggle to build the Japanese Hospital in this biographical essay about Sei Fuji’s legal partner J. Marion Wright, written by his daughter Janice LaMoree, on Discover Nikkei.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle: Extreme Unrated Edition

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Directed by Danny Leiner, this raunchy 2004 comedy follows the life-changing (and mind-altering) journey of Korean American investment banker Harold (John Cho) and Indian American medical school candidate Kumar (Kal Penn).

Both underdogs, Harold and Kumar decide to spend what would have been an uneventful Friday night trying to satisfy an oddly intense urge for White Castle hamburgers. But finding a White Castle proves a difficult task, and the two friends wind up on an epic road trip.

Q&A to follow with the film’s writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

Saturday, June 20, 2015
2:00 PM

Nisei Stories of Wartime Japan

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After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry who were in Japan at the time were barred from returning to the United States until after the war ended. Through ten interviews that encompass a range of experiences and attitudes, this documentary film takes an inside look at the experiences of the stranded American citizens.

Discussion to follow with mother-and-son filmmakers Mary McDonald and Thomas Mazawa, whose own relatives’ stories inspired this film, and Henry Yasuda, a longtime JANM volunteer and American-born citizen who was attending school in Japan when World War II broke out. Yasuda was separated from his family, who were immediately incarcerated after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and had to rebuild his family’s assets when the war was over.

Co-sponsored by the Aratani Endowed Chair, UCLA Asian American Studies.

Learn more about the film and the filmmakers on Discover Nikkei.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
7:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916-17)

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In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, JANM presents a rare screening of The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916–17), a silent black-and-white film directed by Marion Wong.

The Curse of Quon Gwon is the earliest known film directed by an Asian American, and one of the earliest directed by a woman. Reflecting the filmmaker’s desire to present authentic Chinese culture to a Western audience, the movie features an all-Chinese cast and Chinese-style interior décor. The melodramatic storyline, which is typical of Western films from that era, is filled with romance and intrigue.

The evening will include a talk with Mai-Lon Gittelsohn and Dr. Greg Mark, descendants of star Violet Wong, and filmmaker Arthur Dong, who facilitated the restoration of the only known remaining portions of the historic film by the Academy Film Archive.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.
At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

Learn about how this rare film was saved in this post on the JANM Blog!

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

 

 

 

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