Common Ground: The Japanese American National Museum and the Culture of Collaboration

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Los Angeles's Japanese American National Museum, established in 1992, remains the only museum in the United States expressly dedicated to sharing the story of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The National Museum is a unique institution that operates in collaboration with other institutions, museums, researchers, audiences, and funders. In this collection of seventeen essays, anthropologists, art historians, museum curators, writers, designers, and historians provide case studies exploring collaboration with ...

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Overview

Los Angeles's Japanese American National Museum, established in 1992, remains the only museum in the United States expressly dedicated to sharing the story of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The National Museum is a unique institution that operates in collaboration with other institutions, museums, researchers, audiences, and funders. In this collection of seventeen essays, anthropologists, art historians, museum curators, writers, designers, and historians provide case studies exploring collaboration with community-oriented partners in order to document, interpret, and present their histories and experiences and provide a new understanding of what museums can and should be in the United States.

Current scholarship in museum studies is generally limited to interpretations by scholars and curators. Common Ground brings descriptive data to the intellectual canon and illustrates how museum institutions must be transformed and recreated to suit the needs of the twenty-first century.

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"As this collection clearly demonstrates, the Japanese American National Museum rejected the notion of the museum as a fortress of elite culture... [T]he JANM hopes to act as an agent of social change, to both educate and act as a catalyst for community building. Common Ground offers an insider's look at how the [JANM] researches, funds, and creates its exhibits. Unlike other museum studies anthologies . . . this collection does not emphasize academic authors or theoretical framing of issues. . . . The resulting book is written in a highly accessible and, at times, almost journalistic style."
- Amerasia Journal

"...[P]rovides a refreshingly optimistic view of the metropolitan American city, promoting the enduring possibilities of multi-ethnic communities rather than dystopic scenes of urban strife."
- Jeffrey A. Ow, Arizona State University; The Journal of American Ethnic History

"Common Ground is important because it documents the multiple views of those people with firsthand experience in the museum world."
- Karen Mary Davalos, author of Exhibiting Mestizaje: Mexican (American) Museums in the Diaspora

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870817793
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 11/22/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Akemi Kikumura-Yano is senior vice president of the Japanese American National Museum. Lane Ryo Hirabayashi is The George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community at UCLA, and author and editor of numerous titles, including Reversing the Lens (UPC), Common Ground (UPC), The Politics of Fieldwork: Research in an American Concentration Camp , Teaching Asian America: Diversity & the Problem of Community, and Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens. James A. Hirabayashi is chief project advisor for the International Nikkei Research Project at the Japanese American National Museum.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction : commitment to community 1
1 Self-creation : defining cultural identity within museum exhibitions 17
2 Home movies : cultural recovery and the value of display 25
3 Creating community one voice at a time : traveling exhibition programs that help create community 43
4 Expanding the museum audience through visitor research 51
5 Community building through fund-raising 65
6 Board development : fiduciary responsibility and collaboration through strategic planning 75
7 The national partnership program : a model for community collaborations 89
8 Coming to terms : America's concentration camps 101
9 Finding family stories : institutional collaborations 123
10 The REgenerations project : a comparative collaboration in community oral history 131
11 Dialogues from common ground 141
12 All roads lead to Boyle Heights : exploring a Los Angeles neighborhood 149
13 History, current events, and a Network link : the Japanese American National Museum and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services 167
14 International exchanges at Museu Historico da Imigracao Japonesa no Brasil 179
15 Museum Exhibitions in a transnational setting : collaborations in education methodology 189
16 Building community through global research 195
Conclusion 207
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