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2023 Our Shared Future Family Day at JANM (Experience a Day of Free Admission and Diverse Cultural Activities for All Ages) NEW

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2023 Our Shared Future Family Day at JANM (Experience a Day of Free Admission and Diverse Cultural Activities for All Ages)
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Date: Sunday, 17 December, 2023       Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Los Angeles, Little Tokyo
100 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA
(213) 625-0414
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Map of Japanese American National Museum (JANM), Los Angeles, Little Tokyo, 100 N. Central Avenue

Celebrate Our Shared Future in Los Angeles and enjoy a day of free admission and cultural activities for all ages! Join JANM for a live reading and signing with Maggie Tokuda-Hall, an interactive origami activity, and a musical performance by East LA Taiko. Explore the new family friendly, interactive exhibition, The Bias Inside Us organized by the Smithsonian, and experience Aki’s Market, a virtual reality recreation of a corner store that served a multicultural community in East LA from 1957-1970, created by Los Angeles artist Glenn Akira Kaino.

Be sure to visit booths from our special guests, the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum and the Museum of Latin American Art.

This event is in conjunction with the Smithonian’s Our Shared Future initiative. Visit our partners, the Chinese American Museum (CAM) and LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes (LA Plaza) for more activities on December 17.

Sunday, Dec 17, 2023

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST

Free All Day

Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF. She is the author of the 2017 Parent’s Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is her debut young adult novel, which was an NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Book Page Best Book of 2020. Its sequel, The Siren, The Song and The Spy comes out September 2023. Her graphic novel, Squad, is an Ignyte and Locus Award nominated comic book, and her newest picture book, Love in the Library, has been named a Best Picture Book of 2022 by Book Page, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, children, and objectively perfect dog.

To fall in love is already a gift. But to fall in love in a place like Minidoka, a place built to make people feel like they weren’t human-that was miraculous. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tama is sent to live in a War Relocation Center in the desert. All Japanese Americans from the West Coast-elderly people, children, babies-now live in prison camps like Minidoka. To be who she is has become a crime, it seems, and Tama doesn’t know when or if she will ever leave. Trying not to think of the life she once had, she works in the camp’s tiny library, taking solace in pages bursting with color and light, love and fairness. And she isn’t the only one. George waits each morning by the door, his arms piled with books checked out the day before. As their friendship grows, Tama wonders: Can anyone possibly read so much? Is she the reason George comes to the library every day?

Beautifully illustrated and complete with an afterword, back matter, and a photo of the real Tama and George-the author’s grandparents-Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s elegant love story for readers of all ages sheds light on a shameful chapter of American history.

East LA Taiko
East LA Taiko is a collaboration between the “demon drummer from East LA,” Maceo Hernandez, Beastie Boys drummer, Alfredo Ortiz, and award winning musician, Lysa Flores. East LA Taiko (ELAT) is a Latino Taiko group with a twist, that marries Afro-Cuba rhythms with driving taiko beats.

Maceo Hernandez has been performing Taiko for over 20 years. He began as a teenager with Montebello Sozenji Taiko. He was soon invited to join Japan’s world-renowned Ondekoza. He lived and trained in Japan, performing in Asia, Europe, North America, and at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

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