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Thurs: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
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Fri-Mon: 10 AM—4:30 PM
Thurs: 1—7:30 PM
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200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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The Diaspora

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Asian Americans and the New Racial Justice Movement

Join Asian American and African American leaders, thinkers, and organizers in a conversation focused on the current Civil Rights crisis; placing #BlackLivesMatter within historic context, and articulating connections between the experience of Asian Americans and African Americans in the United States. Moderated by journalist William Gee Wong; panelists include Alex Tom, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association; Nadia Khastagir, Design Action Collective & Asian Americans for Black Lives; Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office; and, Karissa Lewis, #BlackLivesMatter.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Winning Without Hands

Asian Art Museum Storyteller, Jeff Byers, tells the legend of Bokuden, a famous samurai.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5)

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Zen Calligraphy

Shodo Harada Roshi, the abbot of Sogenji, a 17th century monastery in Okayama in Japan and international teacher of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, demonstrates his large scale calligraphy works.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Baat Cheet with Founder of Healing Yoga Foundation Kate Holcombe

Utilizing the special exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation as a point of departure, this short, dynamic talk, or Baat Cheet, focuses on California’s unique role in the adoption, evolution, and popularization of yoga today.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

Artwork

A woman disguised as a man holding a parrot, 618–906

A woman disguised as a man holding a parrot, 618–906. China; Shaanxi province. Glazed low-fired ceramic. The Avery Brundage Collection, B65P52.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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After the War Blues: The Racialization of Japanese Americans

Join influential playwright Philip Kan Gotanda to get the inside scoop on the ideas and inspirations behind his groundbreaking body of work, including his play, After the War Blues, which explores the lives of a diverse community in San Francisco’s Japantown in the aftermath of World War II. Gotanda, who teaches theater at UC Berkeley, appears in conversation with Michael Omi, associate professor of Asian American and Asian diaspora studies at UC Berkeley. To set the stage, local actors and musicians perform scenes from Gotanda’s plays. Warning: Contains explicit language.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond

Activity

Make a Temple Book or Japanese Screen

Students will create their own books and stamps, and can inscribe poetry or good wishes on each others books. They will then take their books with them on a pilgrimage to the Asian Art Museum, the Japanese tea garden, or the beach, and record their impressions.

GRADE LEVEL: Early Elementary School (K-3), Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8)

Lesson

The Story of Rama (Curriculum Unit)

Students explore the characters and themes in the Story of Rama, making connections between the epic and their lives today.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)