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Friday, April 5, 2013
7:30 PM

Hafu: The Mixed Race Experience of Japan by Lara Perez-Takagi and Megumi Nishikura

Hafu: The Mixed Race Experience of Japan is the unfolding journey of discovery into the intricacies of mixed race Japanese and their multicultural experiences in modern day Japan. The film follows five hafus – the Japanese term for people who are half Japanese – who are compelled to explore what it means to be multiracial and multicultural in a nation that proclaims itself to be mono-ethnic.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013
7:30 PM—9:30 PM

Visible & Invisible Opening Party

Join us for the public opening of Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History! There will be a short program at 8 PM featuring singer/songwriter Meiko.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Exhibition Opening

Visible and Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History opens.

Saturday, June 22, 2013
2:00 PM

Hapa Hoops: Japanese American Basketball and Community with Rex Walters

events/rex_walters.jpg Join us as we explore the experiences of Hapa Japanese Americans and their experiences in Japanese American basketball leagues. Hapa Hoops will feature a screening of JANM’s basketball documentary Crossover and will be followed by a conversation by Rex Walters, a veteran of both Japanese American basketball leagues and the NBA.

Saturday, July 13, 2013
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

Target Free Family Saturdays: Share Your Story!


Celebrate the exhibition Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History and share your story with your family and friends! You won’t want to miss out on this fun Target Free Family Saturday.

• Create a memory book to jot down stories about you and your family.
• Make a family portrait collage.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a fun origami camera.

11AM: Doors open.

11AM-2PM: Make a salad and salad dressing that will soon become a family favorite with Kidding Around the Kitchen.

12PM & 2PM: Bring your memories and prepare to write! Instructor Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo will help you write your own family stories.

1PM: Take a tour of our exhibit Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History with curator Dr. Duncan Williams.

1:30PM: Join us for a ‘mixed’ reading with! Leslie Ryan will read her book I Am Flippish and Heidi Cole will read her book Am I A Color?

2PM: Join us for a screening of the documentary Searchlight Serenade. Searchlight Serenade explores the big bands that were formed by Japanese Americans while incarcerated during World War II.

2:30PM: We Tell Stories will perform multicultural tales in Proud To Be Me!

3PM: Allen Say will read his new book The Favorite Daughter. This tale, dedicated with love to Say's daughter, is one for all parents who want their children to feel pride in their heritage, and to know their own greatest sources of strength and inspiration.

4PM: Doors close.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
6:00 PM

JANM Young Professionals Network - Little Tokyo Summer Nights


Come mix, mingle, and network with other young professionals during a special evening at JANM. Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History will be opened to attendees. Early attendees will be treated to a private tour by co-curators Professor Duncan Williams and Dr. Lily Anne Welty.

Food and drinks (including beer, wine, sake, and limited cocktails) will be provided; music will be provided by DJ Roldan; and the 2013 Nisei Week Court will be selling raffle tickets for several great prizes (including Dodgers tickets, an Apple iPad, and Hollywood Bowl tickets).

6:00 p.m. Private Exhibition Tour (space is limited)
6:30 p.m. Mixer

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Exhibition Closing

Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History closes.

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