Image of hourglass diary scene in A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami

Current Exhibition

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami

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

To see a complete listing of JANM’s upcoming programs, check out our Events Calendar.

July 09, 2021 - January 09, 2022

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Los Angeles native, Stanley Hayami is an ordinary American teenager from Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra writing in his journal about school and his dreams of becoming an artist or writer. But this is 1942, and his Japanese American family is imprisoned at Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming. The young teen’s words and sketches are a window into his everyday life and feelings. Stanley opens up about his family’s incarceration, the military draft, and the importance of serving his country. 

In 1944, Stanley is drafted into the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the segregated, Japanese American unit that would become the most decorated unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service. Stanley’s letters home to his family reveal the hardships from the European front lines, while also keeping a positive outlook, so as not to worry his parents. At the age of 19, Stanley is killed in Italy while trying to rescue a fellow soldier during combat. His legacy lives on through his diary, art, and letters donated to JANM by his family.

In A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami, his writings from camp and wartime letters are brought to life with an interactive, 360-degree video that can be viewed on a mobile device and a non-interactive version that can be viewed in the Terasaki Orientation Theater. A virtual reality (VR) version is available with limited time slots, reservations recommended (Get Tickets). His artwork, journal entries, artifacts, and letters will also be on display. 

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami was created by Nonny de la Peña of Emblematic and Sharon Yamato in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum. It had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Festival 2021 in the Immersive category on June 9.

See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more details. FAQ

 

 

Sponsored by:

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program 
  • The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program 

Additional support provided by:

  • The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation
  • Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • California Humanities
  • The Kosasa Foundation
  • Pasadena Arts Alliance

 

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

Upcoming Events

An ink drawing by Mine Okubo of a woman teaching a bunch of rowdy kids art
Workshops & Classes

October 23, 2021

Educators Workshop—Teaching Hayami & Okubo
A black and white photo of a family of four Japanese Americans. One is in 442nd uniform of WWII. There are barracks behind.
Lectures & Discussions Partner Event

October 29, 2021

Through Stanley’s Eyes: Telling Stories of Heart Mountain
banner with diary open showing written and illustrated entries. On top of the background image, the cover of A Flicker in Eternity film
Film Screenings

December 04, 2021

Screening and Q&A—A Flicker In Eternity

Past Events

A Japanese American solider leans on his gun in a forest in front of another injured solider. To the left a separate image of a man and a woman in 1940s dress sit on steps together.
Film Screenings Partner Event

October 02, 2021

Screening and Q&A—KIKAN: The Homecoming
A cartoon frog that looks like it was folded from origami and holding pink and yellow fans floats in front of a light blue background
Special Events Virtual

August 14, 2021

2021 Natsumatsuri Virtual Family Festival
A screenshot of a VR illustration of an overhead shot of a WWII concentration camp with wooden barracks and a single figure walking in the bottom corner
Lectures & Discussions Members Only

August 14, 2021

Members Only Virtual Conversation: A Life in Pieces
graphic illustration depicting colorful rainbow and beach scene with people on shore
Virtual Workshops & Classes

June 22, 2021

Art Break: Drawing Life! with Rob Sato

July 09, 2021 - January 09, 2022

Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Los Angeles native, Stanley Hayami is an ordinary American teenager from Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra writing in his journal about school and his dreams of becoming an artist or writer. But this is 1942, and his Japanese American family is imprisoned at Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming. The young teen’s words and sketches are a window into his everyday life and feelings. Stanley opens up about his family’s incarceration, the military draft, and the importance of serving his country. 

In 1944, Stanley is drafted into the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the segregated, Japanese American unit that would become the most decorated unit in U.S. history for its size and length of service. Stanley’s letters home to his family reveal the hardships from the European front lines, while also keeping a positive outlook, so as not to worry his parents. At the age of 19, Stanley is killed in Italy while trying to rescue a fellow soldier during combat. His legacy lives on through his diary, art, and letters donated to JANM by his family.

In A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami, his writings from camp and wartime letters are brought to life with an interactive, 360-degree video that can be viewed on a mobile device and a non-interactive version that can be viewed in the Terasaki Orientation Theater. A virtual reality (VR) version is available with limited time slots, reservations recommended (Get Tickets). His artwork, journal entries, artifacts, and letters will also be on display. 

A Life in Pieces: The Diary and Letters of Stanley Hayami was created by Nonny de la Peña of Emblematic and Sharon Yamato in collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum. It had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Festival 2021 in the Immersive category on June 9.

See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more details. FAQ

 

 

Sponsored by:

  • U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program 
  • The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program 

Additional support provided by:

  • The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation
  • Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • California Humanities
  • The Kosasa Foundation
  • Pasadena Arts Alliance

 

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

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