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Saturday, March 11, 2017
7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Upper Level Members' Reception: New Frontiers


Upper level members are invited to join George Takei and exhibition curator Jeff Yang for an exclusive preview and reception. Invitations were mailed in January.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History



Learn about Japanese American history and actor/activist George Takei with crafts and activities inspired by our exhibitions, Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.

Presented in collaboration with Kizuna.



  • Kizuna Craft Stations
    Get a head start on Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day, May 5) with our partnering organization, Kizuna. They will teach participants to make koinobori (carp streamers) and origami samurai hats.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner
    Learn to fold beautiful origami bird pins, much like the ones that were made by incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II.

  • Drawing Activity
    When Japanese Americans were sent to camps during WWII, they were allowed to take only what they could carry. What would you put into your suitcase? Draw a few of your favorite things onto our paper suitcases.

  • JANM x Kizuna Photo Booth
    What does America mean to you? Tell us by making a slogan or sign and posing with it in our photo booth, brought to you by Nerdbot.

  • Comic Book Education
    Learn about famous Japanese Americans the fun way! Assemble and take home a special mini-comic book created by the Smithsonian Institution about the lives of former US Secretary of Transportation (and current Chair of JANM’s Board of Trustees) Norman Y. Mineta and civil rights activists Fred Korematsu and Yuri Kochiyama.

  • Paper Puppets
    Make a paper puppet of your favorite notable Japanese American, or other personal hero. Templates will be available.

  • Passport Travel
    View New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and complete the passport we give you. Show your completed passport to a volunteer at the survey table to claim a prize! Limit one prize per person, while supplies last.


    11:30 a.m. • 1:30 p.m. • 2:30 p.m. • 3:30 p.m.: Story Time
    Throughout the day, volunteers from JANM and Kizuna will read stories that share the Japanese American experience.

    Stories will include:

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Spam Musubi Workshop
    Volunteers from Kizuna will lead a drop-in workshop on how to create this delicious and uniquely Japanese American treat. While supplies last!


    Plus, free admission all day to see:

  • Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066

  • New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei

  • Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station

  • Common Ground: The Heart of Community

    Saturday, April 15, 2017
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: New Frontiers


    Join exhibition curator Jeff Yang for an exclusive gallery tour. Limited to 25 members; reservations are required.

    This tour has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

    Friday, April 21, 2017
    12:15 PM—1:15 PM

    Members Only Learning at Lunch: The George & Brad Takei Collection


    In September 2016, actor and activist George Takei gifted JANM with his personal collection, some of which is on display in New Frontiers: The Many World of George Takei. Join JANM collections staff as they explore artifacts that did not make it into the show, offering intimate insights into Takei’s unique life.

    Space is limited; RSVP by April 17 to or 213.830.5646.

    Saturday, May 13, 2017
    11:00 AM—12:30 PM

    Members Only—Intersecting Identities: LGBTQ Focus


    JANM presents a new series of panel discussions designed to break down barriers to social understanding. In conjunction with New Frontiers, today’s panel features three members of the LGBTQ community who will share their personal experiences and perspectives. Moderated by Dr. Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies, Loyola Marymount University.

    Space is limited; RSVP by May 8 to or 213.830.5646.


    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    12:15 PM—1:15 PM

    Members Only Learning at Lunch: The George & Brad Takei Collection, Part 2


    In September 2016, JANM was gifted with the George & Brad Takei Collection, a small portion of which formed the basis of the New Frontiers exhibition, on view through August 20.

    Bring your lunch and join JANM collections staff as they look at a selection of artifacts that did not make it into the show. Get an exclusive peek into George Takei’s remarkable life!

    Space is limited; RSVP by May 31 to or 213.830.5646.

    Read our blog post about the last Learning at Lunch event in April.

    Saturday, June 17, 2017
    10:30 AM

    New Frontiers Exhibition Tour


    Join exhibition curator Jeff Yang for an in-depth gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 participants. $10 general, free for JANM members. Museum admission included.

    Saturday, June 24, 2017
    2:00 PM—4:00 PM

    Members Only—Meet George Takei



    Members at the Family/Dual level and up are invited to attend this exclusive JANM event at which you will:

    • Meet George Takei

    • Enjoy appetizers

    • Drink New Frontiers-inspired “mock-tails”

    • Play trivia and win prizes

    • View artifacts from the George & Brad Takei Collection that are NOT in the exhibition

    • Receive a professional photo taken with George

    • Visit New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei before or after the event

    $10 per adult member. Free for up to three children (under age 18) accompanied by a paying adult. Space is limited. Register by June 17. Invitations with instructions on how to register for this exclusive event will be mailed in May.

    Saturday, July 15, 2017
    12:00 PM—5:00 PM

    The Asian American ComiCon Presents: A Summit on Art, Action, and the Future


    In 2009, the Asian American ComiCon was held in New York City, bringing together Asian American indie and mainstream comics creators for a historic gathering to celebrate the unique and flourishing graphic storytelling talents of our community. Now, eight years later, AACC is hosting its second event: a Summit on Art, Action, and the Future.

    In a time where diversity and creativity are both under attack, the summit will feature diverse creators talking about where we’re going next—creators like Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man, They Call Us Bruce), Jeff Yang (CNN, They Call Us Bruce), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), LaToya Morgan (writer, Into the Badlands), Lewis Tan (Marvel’s Iron Fist), and Keith Chow (The Nerds of Color). A special keynote conversation will feature the pioneering actor and activist George Takei.

    The summit will also see the unveiling of New Frontiers, a brand new graphic anthology of original stories inspired by George Takei’s life and legacy—stories about incarceration and exclusion, representation and resistance, the digital world, and the struggle in the streets. AACC will include an Artists’ Alley where leading comics creators will be available for commissions and signings.

    Check the Facebook event page for updates on the event, including schedule.

    General admission: $17 ($20 at door)
    VIP admission: $47 ($50 at door)—includes reserved seating and a first-run copy of New Frontiers.

    General admission passes: FREE
    VIP admission: $30

    Limit of four tickets per membership. Contact for members discount code.

    AACC is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    7:00 PM

    Outdoor Concert and Movie Night—Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country



    Join us for a set by Tim Russ Crew, a pop-rock band led by Star Trek actor Tim Russ, followed by a screening of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), the last of the Star Trek films to feature the entire original cast from the television series, including George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, now commander of the USS Excelsior. Welcome remarks by George Takei (subject to availability).

    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    6:30 PM

    CANCELLED: New Frontiers Exhibition Tour




    Join exhibition curator Jeff Yang for an in-depth gallery tour.

    Limited to 25 participants. This tour is free, but RSVPs are recommended using the link below.

    Saturday, August 5, 2017
    10:30 AM

    CANCELLED: Members Only Exhibition Tour: New Frontiers



    Join exhibition curator Jeff Yang for a special gallery tour on the eve of the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing—an event that had a significant impact on George Takei’s family.


    George Takei carries the Olympic torch through the streets of Los Angeles in the run up to the 1984 Olympic Games. George & Brad Takei Collection, Japanese American National Museum.


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