2020 / Japanese American National Museum to present theatrical reading of “Tales of Little Tokyo” Jan. 11

The Japanese American National Museum
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Tales of Little Tokyo

Two performances in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Tales of Little Tokyo is a live theatrical reading of memories drawn from over 50 interviews with Los Angeles residents about their relationship to the oldest and largest Japanese American community in the United States.

Today this 135+ year old landmark of Japanese American history faces serious threats to its existence as the relentless forces of gentrification bear down on its ever-shrinking geography. This is a phenomenon that major cities across the country are grappling with.

Originally created by award-winning performance artist Dan Kwong in 2018, this presentation of Tales of Little Tokyo will include new interviews as well as a multimedia component.

Read/performed by Kwong and veteran actress Takayo Fischer, dozens of recollections will come to life with the help of exquisite archival photos, family snapshots, and period music. Together they will convey the rich history of Little Tokyo and what it means to its stakeholders.

Performances are included with museum admission. However, the artist is extending complimentary admission to seniors, students (18+), and youth (5-17) who are visiting JANM to attend this program. Please mention Tales of Little Tokyo when checking in with our associates to receive this promotion.

RSVPs are recommended at: http://www.janm.org/events/2020/01/#11

The Japanese American National Museum is located at 100 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. www.janm.org  (213) 625-0414