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Saturday, March 7, 2015
2:00 PM

Reiko's Hina Dolls


This fictional film is based on the true story of a Canadian woman who managed to keep a collection of traditional Japanese dolls safe with her throughout the WWII incarceration process.

Free with museum admission.

Purchase the DVD at the JANM Store.

Learn more about the film in this interview with the filmmaker on Discover Nikkei.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
5:00 PM—6:00 PM

ADVANCE SCREENING: Our American Family: The Furutas



The PBS series Our American Family looks at the ordinary families whose lives have made up the fabric of American life in the early 20th century. The newest episode will focus on the Furuta clan, who were pioneers in Orange County’s early farming community. The Furutas’ old farm and homestead, dating back to 1912, are still standing in modern-day Huntington Beach; known as Historic Wintersburg, it was named one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places of 2014 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

JANM is proud to host an advance screening of the one-hour documentary, which features five generations of oral histories, archival photographs, and interviews with Furuta family members. The show brings the Furutas’ progress in America to vivid life, beginning with the arrival of Charles Furuta in America in 1900.

Members of the Furuta family (Norman Furuta, Ann Yonemura, and Jean Yonemura Wing) will participate in a panel discussion following the screening, along with Our American Family producer Michael Nolan, and author Mary Urashima.

To learn more about Historic Wintersburg, visit their blog. An excellent book about Historic Wintersburg is available at the JANM Store. The book’s author, Mary Adams Urashima, has also written several wonderful articles for Discover Nikkei.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
6:00 PM

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo presents The Joy Luck Club (1993)


6 p.m.: Light reception
7 p.m.: Screening
9:30 p.m.: Q&A

In this 1993 film adaptation of Amy Tan’s bestselling novel, a Chinese American daughter is asked to take her late mother’s place at a weekly mahjong game, where a group of immigrant women have been gathering to share their stories since immigrating to the United States following World War II. Having only a passing interest in her heritage at first, June eventually learns, along with the daughters of the three other mahjong players, to appreciate the struggles endured by the previous generation.

Directed by Wayne Wang and starring Ming-Na Wen, Tamlyn Tomita, Lauren Tom, and Rosalind Chao. Rated R.

The evening will begin with a light reception at 6 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. and a Q&A with director Wayne Wang, Tamlyn Tomita, and Rosalind Chao.

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.

Friday, January 30, 2015
7:00 PM

Hatsumi: One Grandmother’s Journey through the Japanese Canadian Internment



Director Chris Hope, a member of JANM’s Board of Governors, takes his grandmother, Nancy Hatsumi Okura, to visit the sites in Canada where she was incarcerated during World War II.

The story comes to life in vivid detail as the two discuss Okura’s wartime experiences for the first time. The film follows Hope and Okura across Canada and, unexpectedly, around the world.

Read an interview with director Chris Hope on

Sunday, December 21, 2014
3:00 PM

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings


Celebrate the holidays with a screening of Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, an inspiring portrait of an inventive musician whose virtuoso ukulele skills have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, the film reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician.

Screening will be followed by a special holiday performance by Shimabukuro, a conversation between Shimabukuro and award-winning director Tadashi Nakamura, and a light reception. This event is co-presented by JANM, Angry Asian Man, First Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

$24 JANM and Visual Communications members; $30 general admission.
Members, please bring current membership card to validate special discount.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
8:00 PM

Hello Kitty Vintage Film Festival


Enjoy rarely-screened gems from the Sanrio vaults, including Nutcracker Fantasy, a 1979 stop-motion animated film, and Hello Kitty animations from the 1970s and ’80s.

$8 members, $10 non-members.

In conjunction with the exhibition Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty



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