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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
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7:30 PM

Film Screening and Q&A with Steve Aoki—I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead



Join us for a special screening of I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, a new documentary on the life of influential DJ, music producer, and record label founder Steve Aoki.

A heart-pumping and at times heartbreaking film, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead was shot over the course of three years, during the making of Aoki’s 2014 Neon Future double album. As it follows Aoki’s journey to play the biggest show of his career, the film tackles his complex yet loving relationship with his father, legendary Benihana restaurant tycoon Rocky Aoki, and his struggle growing up Japanese American in Southern California during the 1980s and ’90s. This bittersweet film reveals how the weight of parental expectations paired with the search for personal identity created one of the most prominent Asian Americans in pop culture today.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead premiered to a sold-out audience at the Tribeca Film Festival this past spring and was released on Netflix on August 19. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Steve Aoki, moderated by musician and producer Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Space is limited; RSVPs are required using the link below.

If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 6 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
2:00 PM

Film Screening and Panel Discussion—Sleeping on Potatoes: A Lumpy Adventure from Manzanar to the Corporate Tower


The late Dr. Kaworu Carl Nomura was a brilliant Nisei physicist involved in some of the most notable technological advances of the 20th century, including the commercial production of silicon wafers for computer memory chips. In this short documentary shot by Ellen Frick in the later years of Nomura’s life, the scientist reflects on the social injustices he faced and his efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion on Nomura’s life and contributions to society, featuring Carl’s daughter Teri Nomura and his nephew Art Nomura.

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

Co-sponsored by the Port Townsend Film Festival.




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