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Please support research on Japanese Americans (for free!) by spreading this survey!

So, I know we updated with a post saying we would update more regularly over the summer. Unfortunately, that has not yet happened, and for that I apologize. HOWEVER, the reason I have not been posting much is because I received a summer research fellowship (roughly 30 hours/week) to support a study on Japanese Americans, assimilation, and identity.

Long story short, if you are Japanese American, please take this relatively short, 10-minute survey! If you are not, please spread the word about this survey to help research on Japanese Americans! A summary of my research is on the first page.

Click here for the survey!

Need some convincing? Following are two (somewhat less esoteric) summaries of my research–one for those of you who don’t want to read too much (a short version), and one for those of you who do (a long version)!

The Short Version:
Essentially, I am researching how Japanese Americans assimilate (or become more “Americanized”), and how where they live may or may not factor into that process. My goal is to contribute to a better understanding of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans over several generations. Part of my research requires surveying/interviewing Japanese Americans. This is where you come in! If you are Japanese American (yes, being part Japanese counts), please take the time to fill out my relatively short survey. It should take you around 10 minutes. If you are not Japanese American, please help spread the survey around! Thanks for your help!

Click here for the survey!

The Long Version:
Specifically, my research project involves mapping Japanese American populations in and around current Little Tokyos/Japantowns spanning several decades (currently I have all the population information for all counties in CA from every census since 1880), as well as a literature review and (you guessed it!) interviews and surveys conducted on Japanese Americans. I, along with my faculty mentor, hope to expand the existing literature and form a better understanding of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans, as well as deconstruct the idea of the “perpetual foreigner” by exploring not just the first three generations of Japanese Americans, but also the 4th and 5th generations to see how assimilation patterns may differ from those of their predecessors. This survey is one of the ways in which we are collecting data for the project. If you are Japanese American (yes, part Japanese does count), please take the time to fill out this relatively short survey! It should take about 10 minutes. If you are not Japanese American, please help spread the survey to your Japanese American friends! Thanks so much for your help!

Click here for the survey!

REMEMBER: IT’S FOR (social) SCIENCE! Also, I will be eternally grateful!

Thank you for following us, faithful readers! We will get back on the right posting track soon!

-Eileen

Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival – 1/28/12-1/29/12, Monterey Park

Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival

“This year’s Festival will feature vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional Chinese New Year lion and dragon dancers along with firecrackers will kick-off the Festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A large carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.”

113th Golden Dragon Parade – 1/28/12, LA

LA Golden Dragon Parade

“In celebrating over one hundred years of tradition, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles presents the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. With over thousands and thousands of individuals lining the parade route and thousands viewing the telecast each year, this colorful celebration along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.

​ Since the mid-1980’s, the Golden Dragon Parade has expanded to include almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The parade’s theme emphasizes ethnic diversity, Chinese Culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses. The parade continues to be a rich and diverse experience for Angelenos of all ages and ethnicities.”

  • WHERE: Parade Route: Hill Street at Temple toward Bernard. Right on Bernard, right on Broadway back to Broadway & Temple.
  • WHEN: Saturday, 1/28/12, 1pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE to view from the street!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.lagoldendragonparade.com/index.html

Filipina-American Musician Jaclyn Rose: Introducing the Rose Movement – Sunday, 1/15/12, Santa Monica

Jaclyn Rose

Jaclyn Rose is a Filipina-American Jazz/Funk/Soul Music Artist who also performed in Jazzmopolitan 2011: Filipina Ladies of Jazz. She is having a show titled “Introducing the Rose Movement” at the Trip Lounge in Santa Monica with no cover charge, where she will be selling her CDs for $5. Come support!

  • WHERE: Trip Lounge
    2101 Lincoln Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • WHEN: Sunday 1/15/12, 8-9pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE! (No cover charge)
  • MORE INFO: http://www.jaclynrose.com/

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM

“FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!

Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2012/01/#08

Kotohajime: The First Performance of the New Year – 1/8/12, LA

Kotohajime

“The JACCC celebrates the Year of the Dragon with Hatsu-Kaze (First Wind), an artistic journey through Western and Eastern performing arts and traditions curated by the creative vision of Hirokazu Kosaka, Artistic Director of the JACCC.

Join the JACCC on this fascinating New Year Celebration featuring performances by the Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy & Performing Arts School, The Professional Training Program students of The Colburn School’s The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, and Nagautaby Katada Kikusa, Jyorokusho Kineya and Yasoyo Kineya II.

The ritual shooting of the arrow – a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.”

  • WHERE: JACCC Plaza
    244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 1pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE!
  • MORE INFO: http://jaccc.org/kotohajime.php

Hansik Holiday Festival – Los Angeles, CA, 12/30/11

“Join us in Celebrating the Holidays at the Hansik Holiday Festival with a Taste of Korean Food and Wine, Culture and Entertainment!”

Some program highlights: Korean Fan Dance, Culinary Demonstrations, Korean Sword Dance, Korean Drum Dance, and a Fusion ensemble!

  • WHERE: The Wilshire Hotel , 3515 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA, 90010
  • WHEN: Friday, December 30 from  5pm – 9pm
  • HOW MUCH: $20 per person, $30 at the door (based on availability)
  • MORE INFOhttp://hansikfestival.eventbrite.com/

Typhoon Sendong benefit concert, LA, tonight! 12/26 at 7pm

“The ABS-CBN Foundation will be holding a benefit concert for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. Headlined by superstar Martin Nievera, he will be joined by his friends Becca Godinez, Miguel Vera and Tateng Katindig.”

Korean Film Screening: A Man Who Went to Mars – LA, 12/22/11

A Man Who Went to Mars

“A Man Who Went to Mars (2003, Kim Jung Kwon)
Romance, 107 min.

Little Seung-jae stays up all night and writes letters to So-hee, pretending to be her father in Mars. Leaving Seung-jae’s innocent heart behind, So-hee leaves for a big city. Both grown up to be adults, Seung-jae is a postman who writes letters to So-hee’s grandma – the letters that never came from So-hee. So-hee’s heart hardens after hardships in life and she comes back to her hometown and Seung-jae’s heart swells up again at seeing her again…”

Korean Film Screening: Chaw – LA, 12/8/11

Chaw

“Chaw (2009, Shin Jung Won)
Thriller/Comedy, 121 min.

One day in a small and peaceful village Sameri, a terrible accident happens. Some parts of dead body ripped off cruelly are discovered by ecologists who stayed in the mountain for studying wild animals. A policeman KIM Kang-su just transfers to Sameri from Seoul and takes this case. The victim turns out a grand-daughter of CHUN Il-man, who was once a legendary hunter. He is convinced that it happened not by human but man-eating boar, Chaw. The five of people that a greedy hunter BAEK, a former hunter CHUN reloading his hunting gun for grand daughter, a detective SIM in charge of this case, an ecologist Soo-ryun who takes any risks for studying mutant species animals and KIM Kang-soo whose mother has been missing head to the deep dark mountains.”