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5/08/2009

Busy day at JANM tomorrow

If you're in Little Tokyo tomorrow (Sat, May 9), stop by the Japanese American National Museum. There's the Target Free Family Saturday -- FREE admission all day!! -- with Hawaiian-themed craft activities, ukelele workshops and performance, and food tasting from Aloha Cafe.

At 2pm, author John Christgau will talk about his new book Kokomo Joe which is about the first JA jockey in the U.S. who burst onto the American horse racing scene in the summer of 1941. Despite his success, or maybe spurred by it, he faced a lot of discrimination and racism from the other jockeys, trainers, and owners. After being sent to camp for 3 years, he returned but faced more racism, a career-ending injury, and eventually died of cancer.

This weekend is also Member Appreciation Days, so if you're a current member of the Museum, you can get 20% off at the Museum Store (and online at janmstore.com). If you still need to find a gift for Mother's Day, it's a great place to find unique cultural gifts. You can buy a meaningful present, save money, and support the work of the Museum...a trifecta of good karma!

For more details on these happenings, visit: http://www.janm.org/events/#09