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Sunday, September 2, 2018
1:00 PM—3:00 PM

A Celebration of Life: Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga


Join family and friends as they gather to celebrate the life of Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga: warrior, activist, researcher, friend, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.

Details and RSVP on Facebook.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Special Activity: Pledge Your Commitment to Equal Justice!


Friday–Sunday, August 10–12

Admission on Friday, August 10: Pay What You Wish

On the 30th anniversary weekend of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, publicly proclaim your commitment to democracy and equal justice by adding your name to our Commitment Banner!

All JANM visitors may do so during regular museum hours, and guests are encouraged to take and share photos with the banner.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Citron Trunk Show



Citron Clothing creates elegant, timeless apparel for all body types using the finest fabrics, artisanal techniques from around the world, and vintage motifs sourced from Asia and Europe. On the day before Mother’s Day, bring Mom in to peruse these wearable works of art!

Member’s discount does not apply to Citron products.

In the Nancy K. Araki Community Education Center

Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction


Service to Democracy

   Senator Mazie K. Hirono
   Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga

Join us for the 2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21.

Democracy thrives only when individuals take it upon themselves to fight for it. Our 2018 Gala Dinner will celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond what most average citizens do to ensure that the United States lives up to its promise. Judith Hill, along with parents Michiko and Pee Wee Hill, will be the Gala’s featured performers.

Win a 2018 Lexus NX 300h
The Lexus Opportunity Drawing sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., features a chance to win a 2018 Lexus NX 300h. Download the flyer for more details.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
12:00 PM—5:00 PM

Opening Day: – 15 years of the hapa project


In this new exhibition, artist Kip Fulbeck continues his project, begun in 2001, of photographing persons who identify as “Hapa”—of mixed Asian/Pacific Islander descent—as a means of promoting awareness and positive acceptance of multiracial identity. pairs the photographs and statements from the groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, with contemporary portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes in the ensuing years, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world.


12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Mixed Spices Workshop
Join artist and community organizer Genevieve Erin O’Brien for her “Mixed Spices” workshop, in which she translates the ethnic and cultural heritages of mixed race people into unique flavor and spice combinations.

12 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Portrait Drawing
Draw a portrait of yourself that represents your unique identity.

12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Multiracial Coloring Projects with MASC
Take part in multiracial coloring projects hosted by Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC). MASC creates activities and designs programs to educate, advocate for, and promote social justice for the multiracial community and to increase awareness and understanding about multiracial/multiethnic issues.

12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Mixed Marrow
Learn about the need for bone marrow and blood cell donors of mixed races from Mixed Marrow, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding such donors for patients of multiethnic descent.

12 p.m.–5 p.m.: Gallery Activity
Become a part of by having your portrait taken with our instant camera in the exhibition gallery. Write a statement describing how you identify yourself and then add the photo and your words to the gallery walls. (Note that this activity will be available every Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last.)

12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.: Performance by Summer Swee-Singh
Enjoy a performance by pianist Summer Swee-Singh, who is featured in Reserved seating for members.

1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Velina Hasu Houston Reading
Be moved by Velina Hasu Houston as she reads excerpts from her plays and a selection of her poems about mixed heritage identity. Houston is an internationally celebrated writer with more than 24 commissions in theater and opera. She is also resident playwright at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Reserved seating for members.

1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Airbrush Tattoos
Get an airbrush tattoo that helps express who you are. Provided by Party Face Magic. Express line for members.

2:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m.: Performance by Travis Atreo
Pop singer Travis Atreo will perform a mix of original music and cover songs. Reserved seating for members.

3 p.m.: Program
Listen to exhibition creator Kip Fulbeck as he talks about The Hapa Project and His remarks will be followed by a lively discussion with several individuals Fulbeck has photographed for The Hapa Project. Also participating will be three of the hapa luminaries who contributed essays to the exhibition catalog: Velina Hasu Houston; Cindy Nakashima, who has researched, written on, and taught about mixed race for over 30 years; and Paul Spickard, a UC Santa Barbara professor who has written 20 books on race and ethnicity.

4 p.m.: Catalog Signing
Get your catalog signed by Fulbeck, catalog essay contributors, and portrait subjects. Catalogs will be available at the JANM Store.

All activities are included with museum admission. Check back for updates.


In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall

In conjunction with the exhibition – 15 years of the hapa project
Sunday, November 26, 2017
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Silent Days, Silent Dreams Book Signing with Allen Say


On the first annual Museum Store Sunday, we welcome noted children’s book author Allen Say for the launch of his new book, Silent Days, Silent Dreams. It is an imagined look at the childhood of James Castle, who was born deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. Despite countless obstacles and challenges, Castle persevered in creating his art. Today, his works are featured in major exhibitions and collected by museums all over the world.

Say will be signing copies of Silent Days, Silent Dreams which will be available for sale at the JANM Store. Since it’s Member Appreciation Days, members will receive a 20% discount!




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