Here are two suggestions if you have 2-3 hours in Little Tokyo tomorrow afternoon (Sat. 10/19/13) and you are looking for something to do. Both events are at the Japanese American National Museum.
Our American Voice at 1pm
A two-person show featuring Traci Kato-Kiriyama and Johnny Kwon exploring six diverse stories of Asian Pacific Americans. Presented in partnership with East West Players in conjunction with the "I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story" exhibition on view at the Japanese American National Museum through October 27, 2013. By D’Lo, Vivian Keh-Hue, Giovanni Ortega, Jeanne Sakata and Ova Saopeng, Judy Soo Hoo. Directed by Jennifer Chang. In conjunction with the exhibition I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.
I saw this piece a few weeks ago, and it was amazing. I love traveling performances (where the audience and the artists move through a performance space/exhibit area. Our Saturdays are filled with my kid's basketball and soccer schedule, but we managed to make it to a show in between a game and a practice. Traci is fantastic... my favorite piece was the piece that is seen in the photo below about the first Asian American female aviator. If you go, leave a comment here, and let me know which is your favorite piece.
A Conversation with Lela Lee, from Angry Little Girls at 2pmLela Lee, author and artist of the comic book series, Angry Little Girls, will discuss her comics and their impact on Asian Americans and beyond. In conjunction with the exhibition Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986.
I love Angry Little Asian Girls. I wish I could go see her speak. I love the message of empowerment from these fierce young women. If you go, let me how it went.
Take the Gold Line, or park at 1st and Judge John Aiso Street at the Aiso Parking Garage and walk down historic First Street. Stop at Daikokuya, or Mr. Ramen if there's too long a line, pick up some manju from Fugetsudo on First Street. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First Street, corner of 1st and Central Avenue.