Calendar of Events
Fourth Quarter, 2000

All programs are free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members,
unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for all programs. Seating is limited.
Please call 213.625.0414 to make reservations. Events are subject to change.

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Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Magical World of Childrenís Books
What makes a good childrenís book? How can parents, teachers and librarians introduce children to new and exciting worlds through reading? Join us for a fun and enlightening day that will help to inspire a life-long passion for reading! Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library.

Allen Say Book Party
Award-winning childrenís book author and illustrator Allen Say will read his just-released new book, The Sign Painter. A haunting and provocative tale of dreams and choices for readers of all ages, The Sign Painter tells the story of a boyís journey as he follows his heart to become a painter. A book signing and light refreshments will follow. This special appearance is in conjunction with Sayís first retrospective exhibition, Allen Sayís Journey: The Art and Words of a Childrenís Book Author, on display at the National Museum until February 11, 2001.

What Makes a Good Childrenís Book?
Publisher Philip Lee of Lee & Low Books, a publishing company that specializes in multicultural literature for children, will discuss ways to create a love and appreciation for diverse cultures and interesting traditions through multicultural literature.

Cereal Boxes, Comic Strips and Billboards: Get kids to read!
Children are constantly surrounded by opportunities to read - on cereal boxes, billboards, and more. A panel of a teacher, parent and librarian will share their experiences and viewpoints on how to motivate children to read using these everyday materials in todayís media-saturated environment.

Many People, One Voice: Storytelling
Nailah Malik, a multicultural storyteller, will take you on a journey to Vietnam and South Africa. Find out what happens to two very different brothers in the Vietnamese tale, The Star Fruit Tree and to a little girl in Tselane and the Singing Drum, a folk tale from South Africa.

This 2nd Sunday for Families event is generously sponsored by Edison International Company.


Saturday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kiri-e Cards
Crafts Class
Instructor: Ryoko Shibata

Participants will learn the art of kiri-e card making for any occasion, cutting and shaping layers of paper into beautiful designs. Members $5 and non-Members. $11, includes Museum admission.


Sunday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Little Tokyo Walking Tour
Historic Tour Series

Little Tokyo in Los Angeles was once a thriving residential, business, and cultural center of the largest Japanese American community in the United States until World War II. Relive history and learn about present day Little Tokyo with Museum volunteers on this historical walking tour through the Museumís neighborhood. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. Members $5 and non-Members $11, includes Museum admission.


Saturday, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mothers, Daughters, Sisters: A film about Breast Cancer
Film screening and panel discussion in observance of Breast Cancer Month

Mothers, Daughters, Sisters is a landmark documentary about breast cancer in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, as told by breast cancer survivors, advocates, community health organizers, researchers, and doctors. The program will explore cultural barriers which hinder proper preventive measures within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and important educational programs and literature will be available to the community. Following the screening, writer and director, Patricia Kinaga, will be joined by breast cancer survivors, advocates and doctors who appear in the film, for a panel discussion.


Thursday, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cold Tofu Improv

Cold Tofu celebrates the holidays with an evening of entertainment. This multi-talented, multicultural group promises laughs for the entire evening.


Saturday, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Behind the Green Makers: How Japanese American Gardeners Transformed the Southern California Landscape
Panel discussion
Featuring: Professor Ronald Tsukashima of California State University, Los Angeles; Kendall H. Brown, Ph.D., author of Japanese-style Gardens of the Pacific West Coast; Reiko Nagumo, the youngest daughter of gardening pioneer Shoji Nagumo; and Naomi Hirahara, the editor of Green Makers: Japanese American Gardeners in Southern California

Japanese American gardeners have impacted the Southern Californian landscape--aesthetically, politically, and economically--since the beginning of the 20th century. Learn how this ethnic trade sustained the Japanese American community in Los Angeles during times of racial hostility, both before and after World War II. The program is co-sponsored by the Southern California Gardenersí Federation and funded by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program.


Saturday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Crafts Class
Instructor: Ryoko Shibata

Learn how to make intricate and colorful ceremonial cords for New Yearís decorations, gifts and envelopes! Members $5 and non-Members $11, includes Museum admission.


Sunday, 1:30 am - 3:00 pm
Slam Dunk: The Role of Basketball in Oaxacan Communities
Roundtable Discussion
Public Program for the More Than a Game Exhibition
Featuring: Zeus Garcia, head coach of Raza Unida and players from Raza Unida

In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, basketball is a way of life. Similar to the Japanese American community, Oaxacan communities within Los Angeles play basketball as a way of preserving culture and traditions. The discussion will focus on the vital role that annual basketball tournaments and leagues serve in this preservation. Zeus Garcia, head coach of team Raza Unida and organizer of several tournaments, will discuss his own motivations for the countless hours he contributes to the game including his love for basketball and his compassion for Oaxacan youth. Players from Raza Unida, one of the best Oaxacan teams in Los Angeles, will discuss the impact of sports on community and how a love of the game transcends economic, social, and ethnic barriers.


Saturday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Card Making
Crafts Class
Instructor: Ryoko Shibata

Create an intricate card for any occasion. Join Shibata Sensei for an afternoon of creativity and fun. Members $5 and non-Members $11, includes Museum admission.


Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
From Mochi to Latkes: A Multicultural Guide to Holiday Food, Part I
The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate the richly diverse holiday culinary traditions that are passed on from generation-to-generation here in America. Join us as we savor and learn about traditional holiday foods from around the world! (Part I of a two-part series.)

Hot Tamales
Mexican families gather together each Christmas to make savory and sweet tamales, a traditional dish of corn masa wrapped in corn husks. Youíll see how tamales are made and get to sample a bite, too! Discover the history behind this delicious treat and find out why it is such a popular dish at Christmas time.

Soba (Buckwheat Noodles)
Watch Mr. Harikawa from Yabu Restaurant in West Los Angeles demonstrate the time-honored tradition of hand-made soba. Find out the history behind this famous buckwheat noodle, and why the Japanese believe that eating it at midnight on New Yearís Eve guarantees long life!

Gingerbread Men Cookies
The aroma of gingerbread cookies baking in the oven is a fond holiday memory for many. Learn the origin of this beloved cookie that began in Scandinavian countries. Stay for the hands-on workshop where youíll use colorful icing to decorate your very own unique gingerbread man!

Chopstick Game...Concentrate!
Itís time to learn and show your skills in a challenge of dexterity, mental strength, and two pieces of bamboo. Prepare yourself for some serious competition as you use chopsticks and race the clock to pick up beans, peanuts, and other food items!


Saturday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Crafts Class
Instructor: Ryoko Shibata

Participants will learn the art of sumi-e (ink brush painting) around the subject of New Yearís. Members $5 and non-Members $11, includes Museum admission.


Thursday, 7:30 pm
A Jive Bomberís Christmas
Performance for the Common Ground: The Heart of Community Exhibition
Written and Directed by Saachiko and Dom Magwili
Featuring an all new cast!

Enjoy this musical Christmas performance about a young Japanese American woman imprisoned in an American concentration camp during World War II. When her brother goes off to fight for the United States military in the segregated all Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, she promises to keep the peopleís spirits up for the holidays. In itís 6th year, A Jive Bomberís Christmas was commissioned by the Japanese American National Museum. Members $12, non-members $15, Senior/Students/Group(+10) $9, includes Museum admission.

8 Friday, 7:30 pm A Jive Bomber's Christmas
9 Saturday, 2:00 pm A Jive Bomber's Christmas
14 Thursday, 7:30 pm A Jive Bomber's Christmas
15 Friday, 7:30 pm A Jive Bomber's Christmas
16 Saturday, 2:00 pm A Jive Bomber's Christmas
17 Sunday, 2:00 pm A Jive Bomber's Christmas

Saturday, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sumi-e Cards
Crafts Class
Instructor: Ryoko Shibata

Participants will create beautiful sumi-e (ink brush painting) New Year's cards. Members $5 and non-Members $11, includes Museum admission.


Sunday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
From Mochi to Latkes: A Multicultural Guide to Holiday Food, Part II
Enrich your holidays with culinary traditions that originated in other lands. Celebrate the rich diversity of the holidays through the foods that are passed from one generation to another here in the United States. Join us as we savor and learn about traditional holiday foods from around the world! (Part II of a two-part series.)

Mochi (Rice Cakes)
For thousands of years, the Japanese have pounded rice into soft rice cakes as part of their New Year celebration. Watch a special demonstration of the rhythmic rice pounding process and hear Nancy Araki, the Museumís Director of Community Relations and author of Matsuri, a book on Japanese holidays and festivals, tell stories about the long and sticky history behind Japanís New Year.

Join Wande Goncalves, an artist and schoolteacher, present Kwanzaa, a spiritual, festive and joyous celebration of the oneness and goodness of life. Claiming ties to no specific religion, Kwanzaa is a well-recognized holiday within the African American community. Children will be able to participate in a Kwanzaa Fable as well as make sweet potato tarts, an authentic Kwanzaa dish!

Kutsinta (Christmas Sweets)
Celebrate the holidays with mouth-watering Filipino Christmas sweets! Try them for the first time (or second, or third or fourth...) and learn more about Filipino culture by sampling Turon de Paris, Filipino style crepes with banana filling, Maja Blanca, Filipino cake made with coconut, Kutsinta, rice cake snacks with coconut topping, and Halo Halo, a frozen dessert!

Learn about the festival of lights, dreidel games, and taste delicious latkes (potato pancakes.)


Thursday, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cold Tofu Improv

Join the Museum for an evening of laughs with the multitalented and entertaining

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