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Japanese American National Museum     Visual Communications


Events

Programs are free for museum members and included with admission for visitors, unless otherwise noted.

To see a complete listing of the JANM’s programs, visit janm.org/events.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019
7:00 PM

REFLECTIONS/REFRACTIONS—Ten Works Inspired by At First Light

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FREE

An ad man coined the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” in the 1920s to emphasize the power of graphics to compel the viewer to adopt an idea or buy a product. But a picture can also be the springboard for new interpretations and the reimagination of the physical object, people, or places depicted. In that spirit, we reached out to ten literary arts practitioners to visit the At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America exhibition and select one still or moving image sequence on display that resonates with them and sparks their creative juices. They were then asked to compose an original five-minute performance piece based on that image.

Musicians Dom Magwili and Tajii Miyagawa will provide the opening and closing for this special evening where the power of words, images, and performance meld into an experience of invention, reflection, and inspiration.

ARTISTS (to date): Teresa Mei Chuc, Naomi Hirahara, Miya Iwataki, traci kato-kiriyama, Kenji Liu, Koji Steven Sakai, Irene Soriano, Amy Uyematsu, Eric Wat, and Stan Yogi.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended. For program updates and info, please visit vcmedia.org.

Photo: Members of UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union sing to demand tenure for the school’s sociology professor Don T. Nakanishi during a May 1988 rally at the front steps of historic Campbell Hall, near the exact location where Black Panther Party members and UCLA honors students “Bunchy” Carter and John Huggins were gunned down in January 1969. (Abraham Ferrer/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Past Events

Friday, May 24, 2019
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception: At First Light

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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

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If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.

 

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

Friday, July 12, 2019
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Building the Asian American Movement: Then and Now

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SOLD OUT

FREE

Take a cross-generational look at the challenges and opportunities Asian American communities face as they continue to grow and engage in political action. Hear from a panel of Asian American activists who span the 1970s to the present. Learn about what motivated them to become politically charged and find what out what they believe it means to be an activist in today’s world and what issues continue to spur activism. The panelists have deep experience in student organizing, anti-gentrification campaigns, immigrant worker organizing, and other political campaigns.

Panelist include Florante Ibanez, Miya Iwataki, Sandy Maeshiro, Tiffany Do, Frances Huynh, Sophia Cheng, Jonathan Paik, and Sophia Chenge. Eddie Wong, co-founder of Visual Communications, the first Asian Pacific American media organization in the country, will moderate. This multi-generational dialog is intended to help build a stronger political movement.

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended.

THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT
If you RSVP’d, we recommend you arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. There will be a stand-by line starting at 7 p.m. Unclaimed seats will be released at 7:25 p.m.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Thursday, August 15, 2019
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

At First Site

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FREE

6 p.m.: Reception
7 p.m.: Program

See the historic heart of Little Tokyo—First Street North—through the eyes of artists and activists. Join us for a performance and the screening of two short documentaries about Little Tokyo’s resilient history of fighting displacement and why many call it home, including the West Coast premiere screening of Ken Honjo and Kuniharu Yoshida’s First Street North and Visual Communications’ 1970s: The Fight for Little Tokyo which recalls the redevelopment struggle and the fight for housing, services, equal pay, and the future of Little Tokyo through the accounts of Evelyn Yoshimura, Mark Masoka, David Monkawa, and Lucien Kubo.

The screening will be followed by an inter-generational panel of community organizers discussing Little Tokyo’s history of art and activism, which continue to this day through the fight for First Street North. The panelists are musician June Kuramoto (Hiroshima); photographer, director, community activist, and MANO YA co-owner Zen Sekizawa; +LAB Artist in Residence Amy Sanchez Arteaga of Cog•nate Collective; and nationally known community organizer activist and teaching artist Curlydynamite.

Join us in the lobby after the program to take your art into action with calligraphy with Japanese calligrapher and hip-hop dancer Kuniharu Yoshida and letter writing with multi-disciplinary artist, writer, actor, arts educator, and community organizer traci kato-kiriyama.

Learn how you can join the movement to stop the erasure of Little Tokyo and sustain our historic Japantown for future generations!

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended. For more information about this program, please visit vcmedia.org/atfirstsite.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

 

 


Musicians Joanne (Nobuko) Miyamoto and Chris Iijima perform at the Third World Community Storefront in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District, March 12, 1972. Photo by Alan Ohashi. Visual Communications Photographic Archive.

 


Musicians Joanne (Nobuko) Miyamoto and Chris Iijima perform at the Third World Community Storefront in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District, March 12, 1972. Photo by Alan Ohashi. Visual Communications Photographic Archive.

 

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