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Saturday, July 27 • FREE
Enjoy a talk between the authors of 442, a graphic novel by Koji Steven Sakai and Phinneas Kiyomura, who, along with artist Rob Sato, will discuss their collaboration process. Following the discussion, participate in a drawing workshop for all skill levels.

Saturday, July 27
Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

Tuesday, August 6 • FREE
Join The Terror: Infamy series co-creator Alexander Woo, lead actor Derek Mio, co-star and series consultant George Takei, and director Josef Kubota Wladyka for a special screening of the next season’s first episode, followed by a conversation about the series.

Saturday, August 10
Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities—including an interactive kokeshi fashion show, taiko, bon odori lessons, face painting, origami, and more!

Saturday, August 24
Mitsuye Yamada will read from her newest collection of poetry. Joining her are poets spanning five generations, sharing their own creative works and words.

Saturday, September 7
Join Naomi Hirahara for a discussion about her love of shave ice and why she made the Kaua‘i the location of her new novel.

Find DVDs produced by Visual Communications and other At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America-related merchandise at the JANM Store. 10% discount for JANM members!

Who is your Nikkei hero(es)? Share their story and how they have inspired you or made an impact in your connection to your cultural heritage or identity. DEADLINE: September 30. Click icon for submission guidelines and to read stories already submitted.


At First Light is a multi-media exhibition that explores and celebrates the emergence of a politically defined Asian Pacific American consciousness and identity. It chronicles the transformation of the un-American categorization of “Oriental” to the political identity of “Asian Pacific American” that rejected racist stereotypes, stood up for human rights, recovered lost histories, and created new cultural expressions.

An overview of Japanese American history from early immigration to the present day. Incorporates artifacts, artwork, and media—including rare home movies and a section of the barracks from the Heart Mountain concentration camp.

These popular photographic exhibitions—Perseverance, which explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos, and Tatau, which looks at the role of tattoos in Samoan culture—are traveling to the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


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