Japanese American National Museum “hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project” ongoing

hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project, a new exhibition by artist Kip Fulbeck, will open at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, April 7 and remain on view through October 28, 2018. The installation pairs photographs from Fulbeck’s groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, titled kip fulbeck: part Asian, 100% hapa, with new portraits of the same individuals. The photographs are accompanied by each subject’s handwritten responses to the typically posed question, “What are you?” http://www.janm.org/exhibits/hapa-me/  
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2018 / Bon Odori: Valley Japanese Community Center to host Obon festivals, June 16, 17

Obon Festival Saturday, June 16, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm| Sunday, June 17, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm The Valley Japanese Community Center 8850 Lankershim Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
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2018 / Japan’s princess to lecture about role of arts in international relationships at museum event in Detroit, June 12

Japan’s Princess Akiko of Mikasa will give a talk on how arts and culture have fostered relationships between the U.S. and Japan on June 12 at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan. This program will be open to the public. Princess Akiko is a scholar of Japanese art, and she holds a doctorate from University of Oxford. Princess Akiko will visit Detroit in June but this is not her official state visit. She will be in the U.S. for conducting research on the role art can play in strengthening ties between countries. Princess Akiko’s talk is a...
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Go For Broke: “Defining Courage” ongoing

Go For Broke Defining Courage

Go For Broke National Education Center 355 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Defining Courage Exhibition www.goforbroke.org In May 2016, the Go For Broke National Education Center opened the interpretive exhibition to the public. The interpretive Defining Courage Exhibition is a hands-on and participatory learning center in the heart of Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo historic district. The exhibition explores the concept of courage through the lives of the young Japanese Americans of World War II, and asks modern visitors to act with similar courage in their own lives. The exhibition is one-of-a-kind in its dynamic, hands-on, and experience-based...
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Four women recognized as role models in Japanese American community

Four women were recognized as role models in the Japanese American community by two associations at Quiet Cannon event place on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California gave the 2018 Women of the Year Award to Joyce Wakano Chinn, Noriko Kamimoto, Miyuki Namiki and Vitoria Oshiro Nishiuchi. + 2018 Women of the Year The Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League and the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California has selected four exceptional Japanese American community leaders for the 2018 Women...
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National organization for Japanese American WWII soldiers to support elementary school curriculum that preserves legacy of Nisei soldiers

National Veterans Network and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center to develop elementary school curriculum that teaches social justice and equal rights through the Nisei Soldier experience WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The National Veterans Network announced on April 25, 2018, that the network has been awarded a $107,708 grant from the Department of Interior National Park Service through the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program that will help fund the development of school curriculum for students in grades 2-5. The National Veterans Network and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center are working with a group of elementary school master teachers to...
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2018 / Japanese American community celebration for recipients of Japan’s medal in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, June 10

Forwarded for Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Foundation Please join us as we honor four individuals who have received the Kunsho from the Japanese government: Kitty Sankey (Fall 2017) Thelma Press (Fall 2017) Ellis S. Krauss (Spring 2018) Ernest Doizaki (Spring 2018) Our 2018 Jokun Recognition Community Luncheon will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Quiet Cannon, 901 N. Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640. Please RSVP by May 29, 2018, by emailing to office@jccsc.org Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Foundation 244 S. San Pedro St. #410, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 626-3067  
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2018 / Wartime Experience: Screening “We Said No! No! A Story of Civil Disobedience” at Santa Monica Main Library, June 9

Santa Monica Public Library presents a film screening of We Said No! No! A Story of Civil Disobedience and a discussion on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at MLK Jr. Auditorium in Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Directed by Manazanr camp prisoner Brian Maeda, We Said No! No! is a story of civil disobedience set against the backdrop of World War II and the controversial internment of thousands of “disloyal” Japanese Americans in the most notorious of all the Japanese internment camps, Tule Lake. It was there...
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2018 / Buddhist Temple of San Diego to present annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar, June 3

Buddhist Temple of San Diego’s Annual Japanese Cultural Bazaar www.btsd.net Sunday, June 3, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm Admission is FREE & Open to the Public! Offering: Sushi Teriyaki Chicken Tacos Chow Mein Games Silent Auction Taiko Exhibits Demonstrations And More     Buddhist Temple of San Diego 2929 Market Street San Diego, California  92102 (619) 239-0896 info@btsd.net  
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2018 / Educational taiko group to present annual concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, June 2

Forwarded for Makoto Taiko Makoto Taiko Annual Concert Saturday, June 2 at 7:00pm Arcadia Performing Arts Center 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 Makoto Taiko presents Gathering Currents! – A powerful concert of Japanese drumming with Grammy Award-winning Taiko Master Koji Nakamura and Guest Artist Grammy Award-winning Daniel Ho and his band, the Kilauea Trio including Randy Drake and Steve Billman Makoto Taiko’s desire in our Gathering Currents Concert is to combine various currents of energy to form a meaningful, true, pure sound. No matter who we are or where we come from, these challenging currents can be united into one. We...
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2018 / Los Angeles’ presentation of commissioned international project “Crossing Borders” written by Velina Hasu Houston, June 1

The Ryerson School of Performance (Toronto, Canada) in association with London South Bank University Arts & Creative Industries, the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts and Playwright Arena present an exclusive Los Angeles’ presentation of Crossing Borders. Where Shadow Chases Light Written by Velina Hasu Houston As part of Crossing Borders Written by Velina Hasu Houston & Alex McSweeney Commissioned by Ryerson School of Performance for the Parodos Festival, Toronto, June 14-17. Immigration. The lifeblood of every nation, and yet a source of such conflict and pain. The lives of three generations of a Japanese Canadian family...
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2018 / Pasadena Japanese garden to present art exhibition of nature, April 22 – June 1

Forwarded for Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden New Exhibition in the En Gallery Abundant Garden: Recent Works by Kaoru Mansour    April 22 to June 1, 2018 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Second & Last Sundays, 10 am – 4pm Members’ Opening Reception April 22, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Reservations necessary For our spring exhibition, we are delighted to present the work of Kaoru Mansour, a Japanese artist based in Los Angeles, whose work is a celebration of the abundance of nature and our bounteous spiritual, cultural and artistic connections to it. The opening reception for Abundant Garden will be held at the...
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