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January 21, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Reflecting its diversifying community, the Japanese American National Museum announced Friday that it had hired a fourth-generation Alaskan of Japanese and European heritage as chief executive of one of Little Tokyo's most important institutions. G.W. "Greg" Kimura, who headed the Alaska Humanities Forum, will take over the museum as it struggles with an aging donor base, fundraising difficulties and the challenge of appealing to younger and more assimilated Japanese Americans. Gordon Yamate, chairman of the museum board, said Kimura's fundraising skills would be particularly needed, even as his institution has financially stabilized after retiring about $2 million in short-term debt in the past few years.
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January 5, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
In celebration of the Year of the Horse, the Japanese American National Museum is hosting a festival Sunday that includes pony rides, candy sculpting and food, like buckwheat noodles eaten for good luck. The Oshogatsu Family Festival, celebrating the New Year, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, at the downtown museum at 100 N. Central Avenue. The event will feature origami (the art of paper-folding), an onigiri (rice balls) making contest, and the raffling every hour from noon to the close of the festival of horse candy sculptures by artist Shan Ichiyanagi.
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November 28, 2001 | DAVID PAGEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At the Japanese American National Museum, "Living in Color: The Art of Hideo Date" swiftly sketches the general contours of the 94-year-old artist's long career. As a first-generation Japanese American who was born in Osaka, educated in California and interned in Wyoming during World War II--before getting married and splitting his time between New York and Paris--the little-known artist has led a life filled with its share of ups and downs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2012 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Reflecting its diversifying community, the Japanese American National Museum announced Friday that it had hired a fourth-generation Alaskan of Japanese and European heritage as chief executive of one of Little Tokyo's most important institutions. G.W. "Greg" Kimura, who headed the Alaska Humanities Forum, will take over the museum as it struggles with an aging donor base, fundraising difficulties and the challenge of appealing to younger and more assimilated Japanese Americans. Gordon Yamate, chairman of the museum board, said Kimura's fundraising skills would be particularly needed, even as his institution has financially stabilized after retiring about $2 million in short-term debt in the past few years.
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January 20, 1999
With a new pavilion opening, the Japanese American National Museum aims for universal appeal.
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December 22, 2011
EVENTS At the Japanese American National Museum's docent-led Little Tokyo Walking Tour, history buffs can explore the neighborhood's past and learn about its present. Museum admission is included. JANM, 369 E. 1st St., L.A. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sat. $14. (213) 625-0414. http://www.janm.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1996 | From a Times staff writer
They are simple photographs that chronicle the history of Japanese Americans in Little Tokyo: groundbreakings, opening ceremonies, celebrities and visits by foreign dignitaries. Boxes of these pictures and negatives, accumulated over more than 30 years, were donated Thursday to the Japanese American National Museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1996
They are simple photographs that chronicle the history of Japanese Americans in Little Tokyo: groundbreakings, opening ceremonies, celebrities and visits by foreign dignitaries. Boxes of these pictures and negatives, accumulated over more than 30 years, were donated Thursday to the Japanese American National Museum.
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March 14, 1998
Hawaii comes to Los Angeles for the opening weekend of the Japanese American National Museum's new exhibition "From Bento to Mixed Plate: Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Multicultural Hawai'i." The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 3, explores the evolution of Japanese American identity in Hawaii through personal artifacts, family photos and first-person video accounts of the "mixed plate" experience.
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February 21, 2003 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Armed with federal dollars and an ambition to boost education about democracy and diversity, officials at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles on March 28 will begin a renovation and expansion project to create a National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the site of an old Buddhist temple. The center, backed with $20 million in start-up funding secured from Congress by U.S. Sen.
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December 24, 2011
MUSIC 52th L.A. County Holiday Celebration A wealth of holiday music and dance awaits the public during an extravaganza featuring contemporary and traditional performances. Twenty-four groups reflecting L.A.'s diverse cultural landscape have been selected to present music as diverse as hip-hop and hand bells. The show is free (that includes parking) and will be broadcast live in HD on KCET, on the radio at 90.7 KPFK, and on the Web at kcet.org. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. 3-6 p.m. Free.
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December 22, 2011
EVENTS At the Japanese American National Museum's docent-led Little Tokyo Walking Tour, history buffs can explore the neighborhood's past and learn about its present. Museum admission is included. JANM, 369 E. 1st St., L.A. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sat. $14. (213) 625-0414. http://www.janm.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Growing up in Indonesia, Maya Soetoro-Ng often felt too American. Although she adored her native land's traditional gamelan music and shadow puppets, spiced cuisine and Hindu epics, her manner was too loud, too irreverent — hallmarks, she said, of being raised by a strong American mother. But when she entered the Jakarta International School at age 12, the only student of Indonesian ancestry, she felt too Indonesian. She was more reserved than the confident, boisterous Americans she met there and later in Hawaii, she said.
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May 25, 2010
Museums free for troops The National Endowment for the Arts has helped organize a summer-long program called Blue Star Museums that will offer free museum admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day "to show their appreciation for those who are serving this nation." The Los Angeles art museums set to participate in the program are the UCLA Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Others that include art as part of a larger program are the Autry National Center of the American West and the Japanese American National Museum.
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March 21, 2010 | By Karen Wada
The kids in these photographs don't look like they belong in a museum. They're having too much fun. They gloat and grin, share secrets and show off their retainers and rock collections. "I wanted to capture them exactly as they are," says artist Kip Fulbeck. " 'If they liked soccer,' I told them, 'Bring a ball.' 'If you're a goof be a goof.' I just wanted to avoid that posed Christmas card thing." Most of all, Fulbeck wanted to give these children -- all of whom are of mixed racial heritage -- the freedom to answer the simple but potentially fraught question: "Who are you?"
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January 3, 2010
Kids Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Adventure Base 100 Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary with Adventure Base 100, a 10,000 square foot campus of immersive Scout-related activities. including a ropes course, digital interactives, hands-on exhibits and a multi-sensory Imax-like Go! Dome. ww2.scouting.org. The Post Parade, Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards, Los Angeles. Today, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (626) 351-8815 Ext 227. The Science of Gingerbread How many gumdrops can a frosted cookie hold?
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May 6, 1999
Renaissance Pleasure Faire--Some 1,200 costumed revelers will be re-create the 16th century English countryside Sunday through June 20 in Devore. * Artfull Days--Historian Mary Drobny will speak on "The Aztecs, Before the Arrival of the Conquistadors and After" today at 12:10 p.m. in Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive. * American Hiro--Members of We Tell Stories will perform a Japanese American tale of the immigrant experience Saturday at 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1996
Japanese American National Museum officials and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission are planning to expand the museum to a new building in Little Tokyo. A presentation to the commission on the 80,000-square-foot building is scheduled for Jan. 18, said Chris Komai, the museum's spokesman. The location of the new building will be at 1st and Alameda streets, across the street from the museum.
OPINION
November 28, 2009
Leaving Little Tokyo Re "Light at end of tunnel for Little Tokyo?" Nov. 22 There is no future for Little Tokyo because of me and my peers. I am a third generation American of Japanese descent. After World War II and into the early 1980s, Little Tokyo was the hub of the Japanese American community. Savvy businessmen and investors then started building Japanese supermarkets and restaurants outside of Little Tokyo, with easy access, free parking and no panhandlers.
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