WEEK OF JUNE 8, 2020
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Catch up on the online programs, presentations, and resources you might have missed and see what s upcoming!

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Masters of Modern Design Activity Guide
JANM Education presents an activity book for kids and creators of all ages in conjunction with the KCET and JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center co-produced ArtBound documentary, Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience. These activities—designed to be done at-home, offline and with materials lying around the house—are inspired by the legacies of the great Japanese American artists highlighted in the film.
At-Home Finger
Weaving Activity
Learn how to finger weave with our Education team in this short tutorial. Finger weaving reminds us of the wire sculptures of Ruth Asawa, which are featured in the film Masters of Modern Design: The Art of the Japanese American Experience, co-produced by JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center.
Anti-Asian Racism Past & Present / Our Hopes for the Future
Catch up on this all too important conversation on how we can evolve beyond going back to “normal” after this pandemic, and instead imagine a society that rejects racism and prejudice. Moderated by JANM’s Chief Curator, Karen Ishizuka, the panel features Russell Jeung (SF State University), Taz Ahmed (Good Muslim, Bad Muslim Podcast), Renee Tajima-Peña ( Asian Americans series producer), and Robin Toma (LA County Human Relations Commission).
Virtual Open House
for Educators
Recap with this brief orientation to the education resources available to you digitally through JANM From Home . Watch this 30-minute webinar and Q&A which provided an overview of new and existing educational resources including video tutorials, lessons and curriculum, activities, and more.
Masters of Modern Design : Q&A with Kiku Obata, Mira Nakashima, Kenji Fujita, and Addie Lanier
Kiku Obata (designer and daughter of Gyo Obata ), Mira Nakashima (furniture designer and daughter of George Nakashima ), Kenji Fujita (artist and son of S. Neil Fujita ), and Addie Lanier (educator and daughter of Ruth Asawa ) joined us as they talked about their parents’ lives and legacies.
Transcendients Community Celebration: Human Rights and Los Angeles
Every human being deserves basic human rights. But what are these rights? And how do we ensure that all humans have equal access to these rights in a world where we have to fight for them? Lucia Allain, Aziza Hasan, and Lisa Watson opened up the conversation around these topics during the "Human Rights & Los Angeles" panel at the Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders event at JANM on March 7, 2020.
Unboxed: Behind the Scenes of JANM’s Collection
For over 30 years, JANM’s permanent collection has been committed to preserving and sharing the stories of the Japanese American experience. In the latest episode on Unboxed, take a quick tour of the permanent collection which includes over 100,000 artifacts. JANM’s two floor archive chronicles Japanese American history in its entirety from early immigration to the present. Learn more about the permanent collection on the JANM blog .
Nikkei Uncovered poetry reading - Courtney Ozaki - JANM From Home email - June 8 2020
Nikkei Uncovered:
a poetry reading
Published on Discover Nikkei, Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column shares poetry around themes curated by author, poet, and performer traci kato-kiriyama. Watch an intergenerational lineup of poets previously featured in the column share their poetry in the an online reading and open mic hosted by traci. Featuring Maiya Kuida-Osumi, Courtney Ozaki, Micah Tasaka, and Mitsuye Yamada.
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More Than a Game:
Nikkei Sports
What makes Nikkei sports more than just a game to you? Sports transcend language and cultural barriers, bringing communities together for fun, excitement, competition, and celebration. Has a famous Nikkei or Japanese athlete inspired you or influenced your sense of identity? Was your family life shaped by participation in a Nikkei sports league or community activity? Are you intrigued by pivotal chapters in Nikkei sports history around the globe?

Share your Nikkei sports story on Discover Nikkei! Deadline: October 31, 2020, at 6 p.m (PDT). Community Partner: Terasaki Budokan
UPCOMING ONLINE EVENTS (all times listed are PDT)
Online Tea & Letter Writing: summer lovin’
Wed., June 10 at 6 p.m.
Join traci kato-kiriyama in the comfort of your own home to share tea, conversation, and write letters to those we love who are the most vulnerable or isolated in this time. This session we are focusing especially on queer and trans people of color who are currently incarcerated. We will also provide time for creative reflection and letters of self love.
Queer Nikkei Stories: Intergenerational Conversations
Thurs., June 18 at 6:30 p.m.
What was it like to be gay and Japanese American decades ago? What is it like now?
We invite you to listen to and participate in conversations with several generations of LGBTQ+ Japanese Americans as they talk about their experiences at the intersections of these identities. Actor and activist George Takei will be in conversation with Justin Kawaguchi (USC student) , and June Lagmay (founder of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays) will be in dialogue with Aya Tasaki (a bicultural advocate and organizer).
JANM Digital Film Festival:
Madame Fujima Kansuma
Fri., June 19 at 6 p.m.
Born May 9, 1918, Madame Fujima Kansuma is a celebrated Japanese American kabuki dancer and teacher with a career beginning in the early 1940s and spanning decades.  Organize a virtual screening party with your friends and family or just get cozy and enjoy the JANM Digital Film Festival from the safety of your own home. Learn more about the film here .
Members Only Virtual
Meet-and-Greet with
Taiji Terasaki
Sat., June 20 at 1:30 p.m.
All members are invited to meet artist Taiji Terasaki before our C OVID-19 Community Heroes program at 2 p.m. for a virtual Members Only Meet-and-Greet. Hear more from Terasaki about his process of developing the exhibition, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, for JANM and how he is staying creative in this time. Members, please RSVP using the link above.

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COVID-19 Community Heroes: Taiji Terasaki and Kristin Fukushima
Sat., June 20 at 2 p.m.
Join artist Taiji Terasaki to discuss his latest project, Transcendients: COVID-19 Community Heroes, in which he is highlighting unsung heroes who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be joined by Kristin Fukushima, Managing Director of the Little Tokyo Community Council, who helped found Community Feeding Community, an initiative to purchase meals from Little Tokyo restaurants and distribute them to workers in Little Tokyo impacted by COVID-19.
Visit janm.org/events/virtual to see all of our upcoming online events.
Yuri Kochiyama “Hero” Ornament
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Graphic Novel
 Medal of Honor: Daniel Inouye
The Association of the United States Army is proud to announce the publication of a new graphic novel, Medal of Honor: Daniel Inouye. The graphic novel is the first issue in the second volume of the Medal of Honor series, which launched October 2018 with Medal of Honor: Alvin York and continued with profiles of Roy Benavidez, Audie Murphy, and Sal Giunta. These graphic novels are available on the Medal of Honor series page at ausa.org/moh.
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