The Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders, a free one-day event, kicks off on Saturday, March 7 from 11am-5pm at the Japanese American National Museum (100 North Central Ave., LA, 90012).
The community celebration offers music, dance, art, speaker series, and hands-on activities along with artist Taiji Terasaki’s groundbreaking collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders. The participatory exhibition honors heroes from Los Angeles and across the nation who are fighting against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at our physical and social borders.

New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen will deliver the keynote session on transcending the borders from the perspective of an immigrant, a refugee and a writer with a bicultural identity. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. in 1975 at the close of the Vietnam War. First gaining worldwide recognition for his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel The Sympathizer, Nguyen has gone on to win multiple awards and grants including being named a Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellow.

The FREE Community Celebration is produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) in collaboration with Terasaki Exhibitions and the Japanese American National Museum.  Live music, dance performances, large-scale art installations and interactive workshops will all be part of the celebration. Admission will also be free all day at JANM.

What: The Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders
Where: The Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Ave., LA, 90012
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020; 11:00am – 5:00pm