BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.2964@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20110416T000000Z DTEND:20110416T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<em><strong>NEW VENUE!</strong>&nbsp\;</em><strong></strong><st rong>J.W. Marriott Hotel at LA LIVE</strong>\n<strong></strong>5:30 PM &nd ash\; Silent Auction and Reception\n\n7:00 PM &ndash\; Dinner and Program\ n\nIn the first 25 years of its existence\, the Japanese American National Museum took on the challenge to preserve and share the history of the fir st Japanese immigrants and their descendants\, a once much-neglected Ameri can story. While this task remains at the core of the Museum&rsquo\;s miss ion\, the institution recognizes that the Nikkei community has become more diverse since the end of World War II and this history needs to be docume nted.\n\nIn 2011\, the National Museum begins a new phase with its Gala Di nner and Silent Auction under the theme\,<strong>Continuing Family Stories : The Expanding Nikkei Community</strong>. After World War II\, Japanese A mericans rebuilt their lives and expanded their communities. Joined by mor e recent immigrants from Japan\, they went on to transform American cultur e through entrepreneurship\, ingenuity\, and creativity. From new first-ge neration immigrants to the Sansei (third-generation)\, they shared the sam e aspirations for their families in pursuing the American dream. ations fo r their families and their community.\n\nThe post-war contributions of Jap anese Americans are symbolized by three diverse honorees who will be highl ighted as part of the dinner program:&nbsp\;<strong><a href="http://www.ja nm.org/events/2011/dinner/bios/#kanai">Noritoshi Kanai</a></strong>\, the& nbsp\;<strong><a href="http://www.janm.org/events/2011/dinner/bios/#yamano ">Jane Aiko Yamano family</a></strong>\, and&nbsp\;<strong><a href="http:/ /www.janm.org/events/2011/dinner/bios/#sakai">Stan Sakai</a></strong>. Kan ai and the Yamano family have pioneered different business ventures\, adva nced and shared cultural staples\, and carried their own traditions throug h the generations. Sansei artist Stan Sakai will be recognized for having brought together popular cultural forms from Japan and America to create s omething new and powerful.\n\nWe invite you to participate in the National Museum&rsquo\;s Gala Dinner celebration.&nbsp\;\n\n<strong>Win a 2011&nbs p\;Lexus RX 450h!&nbsp\;</strong><span style="font-weight: normal\; font-s ize: 12px\;"><strong><span style="font-weight: normal\;">Enter the 2011 Le xus Opportunity Drawing\, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales\, USA\, Inc.\n<a href="http://www.janm.org/events/2011/dinner/" target="_blank"></a></stro ng>\n<span style="font-weight: normal\; font-size: 12px\;"><a href="http:/ /www.janm.org/events/2011/dinner/" target="_blank">Click here for more inf ormation about the Gala event\, honorees\, and Lexus Opportunity Drawing & gt\;&gt\;</a> SUMMARY:Japanese American National Museum 2011 Gala Dinner & Silent Auction -- Continuing Family Stories: The Expanding Nikkei Community URL:/en/events/2011/04/16/japanese-american-national-museum-2011-gala-dinne r/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR