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Enjoy public programs and events from JANM from anywhere in the world! Please check the program descriptions for access instructions. Some require an RSVP to participate.

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing rsvp@janm.org or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

Coming Out and Coming Home: Documenting the Voices of Queer and Trans Japanese Americans

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PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH
$10 suggested donation

The Japanese American community has not always broadly welcomed gay, transgender, and queer Nikkei people. It took courage for LGBTQ+ Nikkei to live openly and with integrity in decades past. Hear from four LGBTQ+ Japanese Americans who are forerunners of making Nikkei communities more accepting: Melvin Fujikawa, Gary Hayashi, Bill Tashima, and Mia Yamamoto. They will be in conversation with moderator Aya Tasaki. This virtual discussion will also include Barney Cheng, the award-winning filmmaker who directed "Okaeri Voices: An Oral History Project," a series of short Okaeri-produced documentaries about each of these figures that will be available for streaming during Visual Communications’ upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

This program is presented in partnership with Okaeri and Visual Communications and is made possible, in part, by the Beyond Two Cents: LGBTQ AAPI Giving Circle.

RSVPs are required using the link below. You will be emailed links and instructions to join the conversation on Zoom. Contact publicprograms@janm.org if you have any additional questions or specific access concerns.

Read an article by Okaeri member Stan Yogi: Coming Out, Coming Home .

Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10)

Sunday, September 27, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

PREMIERE and Q&A—ATOMIC CAFE: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

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FREE

In the late 1970s, when L.A.’s punk rock scene was exploding, an unlikely family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo started by Japanese Americans returning from America’s WWII concentration camps became one of its most popular hang-outs. That’s when Sansei “Atomic Nancy” with her “take-no-prisoners” punk make-up and demeanor took the café over from her parents and cranked up the jukebox. Infamous for its eclectic clientele—from Japanese American locals and kids from East L.A. to yakuza and the biggest rock stars of the day—the Atomic Café became an important part of L.A.’s punk rock history.

Now, the Atomic Cafe’s life and legacy is highlighted in a new film by Tadashi Nakamura and Akira Boch that explores its many sides—from the 1940s opening to its last days on First Street. Join Nancy Sekizawa aka “Atomic Nancy”, her daughter and artist Zen Sekizawa, Remy De La Peza, and Nakamura and Boch for a conversation in celebration of the Atomic Café.

WATCH THE FILM

September 24–30

The film will be available at a Pay-What-You-Wish rate for streaming from September 24 to 30 as part of Visual Communications’ upcoming Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

JOIN US FOR THE Q&A

September 27 • 2 p.m.

Click on the link below to watch the program live on JANM’s YouTube channel on Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m. (PDT).

This program is presented in partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center and Visual Communications, as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the Q&A is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram).

Saturday, October 10, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

JT Sata: A Japanese Immigrant in Search of Western Art

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Suggested donation $10

Kagoshima 9066 Westridge, cowritten by Frank Sata and Naomi Hirahara, traces the life of Sata’s father, J.T. Sata, through his photographs, sketches, paintings and sculptures. A man committed to a life of art—not necessarily as a profession, J.T. emigrated to America from Kagoshima in 1918. In Los Angeles, he was active with the Issei photo community while working odd jobs. During World War II, J.T., his wife, Yoshie, and Frank were incarcerated at Santa Anita Assembly Center and the concentration camps in Jerome, Arkansas, and Gila River, Arizona. Kagoshima 9066 Westridge includes artwork completed in all three detention centers as well as candid snapshots J.T. took after World War II on the campus of Westridge, an exclusive girls’ school in Pasadena, where he worked as a janitor until his retirement.

Frank Sata will discuss the impact of his father’s art and why he felt compelled to publish this book in this moment with Bryan Takeda of the Nikkei Federation. Co-writer Naomi Hirahara will also be presenting selections from the book and discussing the process of creating this visual history. Yvonne Ng, Librarian at the Arcadia Public Library, and Shawn Iwaoka, Collections Assistant at JANM, will highlight the history of the Santa Anita Park racetrack, where Sata was incarcerated, and how the library and museum’s collections preserve that history.

This project was fulfilled with support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Grant, a program of the California State Library, and is in partnership with the Arcadia Public Library.

Kagoshima 9066 Westridge will be available in limited quantities through the JANM Store

Programs like this are made possible with your support. Thank you for your generosity. Please use the additional donation option on the next page to add your pay-what-you-wish amount for this program. (Suggested donation is $10)

Sunday, October 11, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

A Celebration of Bronzeville’s Finale Club

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FREE

In March 1946, an important moment in jazz history took place when Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, two all-time jazz greats, performed together at the Finale Club in Bronzeville/Little Tokyo. During WWII, forced evacuation of Japanese Americans into concentration camps left Little Tokyo largely empty. African Americans coming West for defense jobs moved into Little Tokyo-- one of the only neighborhoods without restricting housing covenants. Bronzeville was born.

Dozens of all night “Breakfast Clubs” sprang up in Bronzeville, patronized by jazz musicians and aficionados eager to continue listening to and making music after hours. One of these was the Finale Club which opened in the fall of 1944 at 230 ½ E. First Street, Los Angeles. This year, the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) unveiled the historic LA City plaque for the Finale Club on First Street to memorialize the extraordinary and rare performance of jazz greats Charlie Parker and Miles Davis at the Finale Club and to honor the continued relationship between the Black and Japanese American communities.

LTHS invites you to experience the rich artistic and musical history of Little Tokyo during the Bronzeville Era in a celebration of live music, Bronzeville scholars, photos, and videos. Performers and speakers will include the Ron Kobayashi band and historians Hillary Jenks and Kirk Silsbee, along with brief remarks by Miles Davis’ son, Erin Davis.

This program is presented in partnership with Little Tokyo Historical Society.

This live public program is free and open to all. Go to JANM’s YouTube channel at 2:00 PM (PDT) on October 11th to watch it live:

We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you will be notified when the video is streaming live. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram).

Image credit: William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

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