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Young Professionals Network

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is a social and business association of young professionals that supports the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and its mission to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.

YPN provides opportunities for professional and personal development, community building, volunteering, fundraising, and public outreach and engagement.

Visit the YPN website for more info >>


Past Events

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2016 Gala Dinner, Silent Auction, and After Party


Moving Images, Telling Stories

Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles
(Please note new venue.)

Film and video are powerful tools used for generations to document, reflect, and influence people and culture. The Japanese American National Museum’s 2016 Gala Dinner will focus on the museum’s significant collection of moving images and how these compelling first-person resources have helped portray the Japanese American story as an integral part of the broader American narrative.

Honorees will include Karen L. Ishizuka and Robert A. Nakamura, who founded the museum’s Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center and pioneered its unparalleled collection of home movies and video life histories, and Ken Burns, the award-winning filmmaker who has made extensive use of JANM’s media assets while reaching a mass worldwide audience.

Win an All-New 2016 Lexus RX 450h F SPORT!
Enter the 2016 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

Visit for more details on the Gala, information about sponsorship opportunities, and to purchase Lexus Opportunity Drawing tickets and individual Gala Dinner tickets.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
7:00 PM

JANM Summer Night Concerts



JANM presents a new series of summer evening concerts with Asian American performers. Tonight’s featured artists are musical collaborators Magnetic North and Taiyo Na, who have achieved enormous popularity in Japan with their politically conscious brand of hip hop.

Also appearing are Irish-Japanese American singer-songwriter Marié Digby, who vaulted to fame after her acoustic cover version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” went viral on YouTube, and Los Angeles–based singer-songwriter Priska.

Event hosted by Will Pacarro (YELLOWPACO) with deejay music provided by TRAKTIVIST. Plus, special guest performance by DANakaDAN.

Kogi BBQ, Arroy Food Truck, and Frach’s Fried Ice Cream will be on site, along with a beer garden sponsored by JANM’s Young Professionals Network.

SAVE THE DATE: JANM Summer Night Concert featuring Paul Dateh, Mike Gao, and Go Yama on Thursday, August 30.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 Gala Dinner, Silent Auction, and After Party


To Boldly Go: Sharing Our Story Across the Generations

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel and X Bar

Join us as we welcome the Japanese American community, sponsors, supporters, members, and new friends to JANM’s largest annual fundraising event. At the 2015 Gala Dinner, the museum will share its accomplishments of the past year, offer a glimpse into what the coming year holds in store, and remember those from the JANM family who have passed away since the last Gala. And, in recognition of his decades-long standing as an inspirational role model as well as his commitment and contributions to the Japanese American National Museum, actor and activist George Takei will be presented with JANM’s Distinguished Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement and Public Service.

Win an All-New 2015 Lexus NX 200t F SPORT!
Enter the 2015 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

For more information about the Gala Dinner, Lexus Opportunity Drawing, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact or 213.830.5669.

Friday, November 21, 2014
6:00 PM—9:00 PM

Hello Kitty Happy Hour: Members Only/Young Professionals Network Event


This exclusive Hello Kitty Happy Hour is open only to JANM’s Young Professionals Network Associates who are also JANM Members.

In addition to enjoying complimentary drinks and light refreshments, attendees will be able to see the Hello! exhibition after public hours. Exhibition tours led by Sanrio will begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Attendees may also bring one guest for a fee of $25.

For more information, contact

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:00 PM—9:30 PM

Preview Reception for Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986

Join us for a special preview, the “Marvels & Monsters: Unbound” Showcase, and reception to celebrate the opening of the Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 exhibition.

Hosted by the JANM Young Professionals Network.

To RSVP, contact or 213.625.0414, ext. 2222.

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

Purchase pre-sale tickets here:

Thursday, January 17, 2013
6:00 PM

Giant Robot & JANM YPN Closing Party for Giant Robot Biennale 3


This event is free!

Celebrate another successful Biennale with Giant Robot, the JANM Young Professional Network, and many of the artists featured in Giant Robot Biennale 3 and experience the art (again) before the exhibition closes. For more information and reserve your space, please visit



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