Japanese American National Museum
Upcoming Exhibitions

At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America

May 25 - October 20, 2019

At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America is a multi-media exhibition that explores and celebrates the emergence of a politically defined Asian Pacific American consciousness and identity. A co-production between Visual Communications (VC) and the Japanese American National Museum, At First Light chronicles the transformation of the un-American categorization of “Oriental” to the political identity of “Asian Pacific American” that rejected racist stereotypes, stood up for human rights, recovered lost histories, and created new cultural expressions.

The exhibition draws from the collections of VC, the first Asian Pacific American media organization in the country, which formed in Los Angeles in 1970 to capture and cultivate the newfound unity that was Asian Pacific America. The resiliency and resistance embodied in At First Light serves as a reminder—as well as a call to action—of what can be accomplished when people unite as a community with commitment.

Please check back for more information about the exhibition and related programs.

At First Light is sponsored in part with support from the California Arts Council, The California Wellness Foundation, and other individual donors.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, May 24, 2019
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception: At First Light


The Japanese American National Museum and Visual Communications invite JANM members at the Sustaining Level and above and special guests to preview At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America before it opens to the public on May 25.

Program with a light reception to follow. Invitations were mailed in early April.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

At First Light—Opening Day Discussion


To commemorate the opening day of the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America, JANM will host Visual Communications (VC) co-founders and exhibition curators Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, and Eddie Wong in a panel discussion about the history of VC and the creation of this show. They will be joined by scholar, author, producer, and JANM Chief Curator Karen Ishizuka, who will moderate the discussion, helping to place VC’s history as the first Asian Pacific American media organization in the country within the context of today’s changing world.

Light refreshments will be served following the program. Included with museum admission. Space is limited. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall



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