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See how Japanese American photography from 1920-1940 is still 'Making Waves'
Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2016
LA Times art critic Christopher Knight gives a glowing review of Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940.
Sus Ito's WWII photos reveal daily life of a little-known Japanese American unit
Los Angeles Times, July 16, 2015
Carolina Miranda interviewed Sus Ito about Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s World War II Images and his experiences during World War II.
Chado Tea Room selected Best Museum Cafe
Los Angeles Magazine, August 1, 2013
The Chado Tea Room at JANM was selected as the Best Museum Cafe in the August 2013 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.
Upcoming: “Supernatural″ @ Japanese American National Museum, January 16, 2013
Announcement about the Supernatural exhibition with artists Audrey Kawasaki, Edwin Ushiro, and Timothy Teruo Watters opening on February 9, 2013.
janm presents giant robot biennale 3, sept. 23 - jan. 13
Angry Asian Man, September 20, 2012
Info about the show and the opening.
Robot Art Comes to the Japanese American National Museum
laist, September 19, 2012
Pics and info about the exhibition
Upcoming: “Giant Robot Biennale 3″ @ Japanese American National Museum, September 16, 2012
Exhibition Opening announcement and pics from the show
Giant Robot Biennale 3 opening party on Saturday, September 22
Nerd Reactor, September 16, 2012
Text and pictures about the Giant Robot Biennale 3 show.
“Giant Robot Biennale 3″ at Japanese American National Museum, September 11, 2012
Kawaii Vinyl a website dedicated to Cute Toys, Art, and More mentioned the Giant Robot show and about the opening.
Giant Robot Biennale 3 + JANM
Slant Eye for the Round Eye, September 7, 2012
An article about the Giant Robot Biennale 3 show and information about the opening party.
Swarm of Locusts Made of Money
My Modern Met, March 12, 2012

Sipho Mabona, the talented origami artist we've featured here and here, just tipped us off to his newest installation. Now showing at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles until August 26, 2012 is The Plague, a fantastic swarm of locusts made entirely out of money!

As he says, "Money, our prime signifier of both ambition and perdition. Money has gone from being an elementary medium of exchange to being a means of exploitation: a colossal cloud of hot money [and incomprehensible financial instruments] buzzes above the global economy like a biblical swarm of locust. Thus money as bane. Yet money per se, plain as the one-dollar-bill, always retains its basic ability to function as a pragmatic unit of accounting for goods and services. Hence money as blessing."

Gidra vs. the American War Machine
Imprint, February 17, 2012

By Michael Dooley

Remember those radical underground rags of the late 1960s? The East Village Other. The Berkeley Barb. The L.A. Free Press. Gidra. Wait… Gidra? Wasn't that a monster in those dumb Godzilla movies? Yes, but just because he tried to lay waste to Japan and the rest of civilization, Gidra wasn't all bad. Which is how [...]

George Takei, commemorate Japanese-American Internment
Washington Post, February 18, 2012

By Hayley Tsukayama

Long before he was Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, actor George Takei had to face a harsh reality. At the age of 5, Takei was one of more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were order into interment camps during World War II.

70 years later: The Lessons of Executive Order 9066
Daily Journal, February 15, 2012

By Gordon Yamate and Seth Gerber

The 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 marks one of the saddest tragedies of our great country: the compulsory expulsion from their homes and false imprisonment of Americans of Japanese ancestry on U.S. soil during World War II. The signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, is often seen as the first domino to fall in a chain of xenophobic and racist events against Japanese Americans during the war. Lessons were learned, yet even 70 years later, the Japanese American National Museum and the Anti-Defamation League continue to witness acts of bigotry, xenophobia, and racism.

George Takei's Pursuit of 'Infinite Diversity'
CNN Blog, January 11, 2012

Editor's note: George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Sulu in "Star Trek," was gracious enough to speak with Geek Out for nearly an hour and a half. Last week, we talked about why "Star Trek" fans are thankful for Takei. This time, Takei gets personal about his acting and activism.

Behind George Takei’s great laugh, warm smile and enticing sense of humor is a childhood filled with memories of imprisonment.

JANM Exhibit Looks at the Contributions of Post-War Japanese American Artists
Downtown News, November 18, 2011

By Richard Guzman

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - A pristine 1963 Chevy Stingray Corvette sits on the first floor of the Japanese American National Museum. With its silver body and red interior, it acts like a magnet for museum visitors such as 28-year-old Joshua Holloway, who on a recent weekday afternoon stared into the window at the classic American sports car.

"It’s beautiful. It’s definitely a work of art," said the South Gate resident.

While its function is as a machine, Holloway is not the only one who thinks of the vehicle in artistic terms. That comes into play in the recently opened JANM exhibit Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles.

The Corvette is one of hundreds of items on display at the museum through Feb. 19. The exhibit looks at the influence that Japanese American artists, whose sense of culture and identity was influenced by the post-World War II period from 1945 to 1980, have had on the Los Angeles art scene.

PST, A to Z: 'Drawing the Line' at JANM
Los Angeles Times Culture Monster, November 10, 2011

By Sharon Mizota

The wall text at the beginning of "Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles" at the Japanese American National Museum describes how California’s reputation as the land of endless possibility and optimism was experienced a bit differently by Japanese Americans returning from World War II internment camps. Most of the works by the show’s 10 featured artists, designers, and performers reflect a certain dissatisfaction with mainstream modes of representation and attempt to counter them with images of their own, both so-called “positive” ones and others that are more ambivalent and questioning.

For a show with only 10 artists, "Drawing the Line" covers a lot of ground, from Matsumi Kanemitsu’s blend of Japanese brush painting techniques, Abstract Expressionist flourishes and Pop art content, to Qris Yamashita’s whimsical repurposing of Japanese woodblock print motifs in posters and T-shirts for community events, to artifacts from the career of dancer turned activist and folksinger Nobuko Miyamoto.

Little Tokyo
C-SPAN, November 5, 2011
C-SPAN interviews Japanese American National Museum volunteer Bill Shishima and follows him on a tour of historic Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. In a separate video, Bill also provides a short tour of part of the Museum's core exhibition, "Common Ground: The Heart of Community".
Japanese American National Museum searching for new director
Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2011
The Japanese American National Museum is going through its second leadership transition since 2008, this one promising to end with the ascension of a new generation at the Little Tokyo institution. Both its past directors had been on board since before it opened in 1992. Museum officials announced this week that Akemi Kikumura Yano has stepped down as executive director after nearly three years, and that two of her deputies will serve as interim co-executive directors while a national search goes forward to find a new leader.
First Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
Pon Fa Cha, August 15, 2011
Having a very mixed feeling after the First Los Angeles International Tea Festival... This tea event is a great success for its First year. The reason this event is successful, per my personal observation:



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