“Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña’s award-winning PBS docuseries Asian Americansis the most ambitious chronicle of the Asian American story in the United States. Told through individual lives and personal histories, Asian Americans explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present, and future. The series traces the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s to the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world. Tajima-Peña will share the details of her journey crafting this groundbreaking series.
Renee Tajima-Pena is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA. Tajima-Pena’s films focus on themes of immigration, race, ethnicity, gender, and social justice. Her most notable films include Who Killed Vincent Chin? My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha, Calavera Highway, Skate Manzanar, Labor Women, No Más Bebés. She is the series producer/showrunner of the PBS docuseries, Asian Americans, which explores the Asian American experience. Tajima-Pena co-founded the May 19 Project, a social media campaign focusing on the legacy of AAPI solidarity with other communities. “
New Exhibit at Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson –” A selection of valuable vintage and modern kimono, from the collections of Yume Japanese Gardens and Museum of Tucson, will be on display at the Gardens from October 15th through December 31st, 2021.
Kimono, the iconic traditional Japanese robe, so easily definable by its simple straight seamed “T” shape, shows remarkable complexity in its craftsmanship, extreme versatility in its use, and dynamic ways of adapting to the evolution of taste and society.
Ever since its origins, the kimono (着物, literally translated in English as ‘thing to wear’) has been a blank canvas for the decorator to create a wearable piece of art.
The Kimono Monogatari – “Kimono Tales” exhibit will showcase stories weaved, embroidered, and dyed over a variety of vivid textiles, revealing the exceptional skills and aesthetic values of artists in the last century.”
Advanced ticket reservation is required. Free event with Gardens admission.
Yume sets capacity limits to safeguard visitors and staff and observes Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines for COVID-19 management. Timed admission tickets, purchased online, are required for entry; physical distancing and facial coverings are also required, in all indoor and outdoor spaces.
Tucson Meet Yourself Reconnect folklife festival will be held this October 8 to 10, 2021 at Jacome Plaza in downtown Tucson. This plaza is outside of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Please check their website for COVID-19 guidelines.
On Saturday October 9, Mari Kaneta & her Suzuyuki-kai traditional dancers will perform at 3 p.m. on the Lawn Stage, and Odaiko Sonora taiko drummers will perform on the Church Stage at 5 p.m.
Also the popular takoyaki octopus balls food booth will be serving Japanese dishes at booth F31, all 3 days.
Hours of the festival are 11 to 6 daily, with performances going on till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Chieko “Chi” Nakano will again be teaching origami folding, and Akiko Victorson her shodo/calligraphy at the Folk Arts area. Chi will be in the Talking Tent of the Folks Arts area on Friday Oct. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Hiro Tashima CLAY October 6, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. “Originally born in Hiroshima, Japan, Hiro Tashima has made a name for himself in both the world of dirt-bike racing and art, thanks to his commitment to pushing the limit and not being afraid to fail. His sculptures are often humorous self-reflections that tie together multiple cultures, showing how art can truly speak through any barrier. Join us as we sit down with Hiro to learn about his work with David Bowie, his Hiroshima 75th Anniversary pieces and how he has adapted his teaching methods during the pandemic.”
Hiro is the Head of the Ceramic Dept. at Pima Community College West and a clay artist.