Lynn Yamasaki

Lynn Yamasaki works as a School Programs Developer in the Education unit at the Japanese American National Museum, where she is responsible for developing and implementing school visits to the Museum and is involved with one of its core educational programs, the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. She is also responsible for developing educational activities for special exhibitions and family programming. She received her BA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, majoring in Art History and Studio Art.

Updated July 2015

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A Courtyard Kid Returns to JANM

When eighth-grade teacher Staci Yamanishi visits the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) with her students, she takes them through Common Ground: The Heart of Community, our ongoing exhibition on the Japanese American experience, and Fighting for Democracy, our appointment-only interactive exhibit on civil rights. Before they leave to return to their classroom however, the students receive one very special bonus assignment: find their teacher’s name engraved on the JANM courtyard.

Since JANM’s Pavilion building was opened in 1999, the museum has engraved the names of its youngest constituents in the Children’s Courtyard. For JANM, the Courtyard is …

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Nikkei Chronicles #4—Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values

Discovering a Family Connection in JANM's Collection

Jack Yamasaki, my father’s uncle, is someone I only have the faintest memories of seeing on occasion and visiting during holidays. I always knew he was an artist though, because I’ve been surrounded by his artwork my entire life—drawings and paintings by “Uncle Jack” have always hung on the walls of my parents’ and grandmother’s homes. Looking back, his artwork was probably my earliest exposure to art as a child.

A few decades later, I find myself fortunate enough to have studied art and to have worked in museums. I’ve had the opportunity to see some incredible artwork in …

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