Julia Murakami

Julia Murakami is a Yonsei native Angeleno, the daughter of a Kibei Sansei Hibakusha father and a Shin-Issei mother. She's the Volunteer Program Manager and a Project Manager at JANM. Her most recent project is the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders. Prior to joining the Museum staff, Julia volunteered at JANM for 17 years in a variety of capacities.

Updated July 2020

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Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

JANM Volunteers in the Time of Covid

40 staff and 200 volunteers are the human resource numbers for the Japanese American National Museum. With volunteers outnumbering staff 5:1, the hallways and the Takei Volunteer Center became much quieter places in early March when, for health safety reasons, we had to ask they no longer come into the Museum until further notice.

With half of our volunteers having been part of the JANM forces for 10 or more years, there are definite bonds that have formed between staff and volunteers. Daily questions were: Is everybody okay? Is everyone safe?

Volunteers consistently voiced concerns about staff and asked if …

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Creating a Fresh Look at Kokeshi

Two curators + three sections + over 110 artists + more than 300 art pieces. Combining these many and varied parts into a single museum exhibition, Kokeshi: From Folk Art to Art Toy, was the task of Maria Kwong, who curated the show on behalf of the Los Angeles Toy, Doll & Amusements Museum (LATDA) and the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).

Kwong, who is affiliated with both institutions, had researched the kokeshi (a traditional Japanese wooden doll form) in connection with an earlier LATDA vinyl toy show but the combination didn’t work. She continued to notice the kokeshi doll …

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