Japanese American Museum of San Jose
November 2008 - Vol 4, Issue 1
Featured Boutique Artisan: Yume Glass Art. Pate de verre glass Koi.
|JAMsj Winter Boutique 2008
JAMsj Winter Boutique
Saturday, November 15, 2008
9 am - 4 pm, JAMsj Members
10 am - 4 pm, General Public
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street, San Jose
Featured Artist: Emi FukushimaCompany
: Creations by Emi
Kimono pendant with bamboo, on black cord
Just in time for your holiday shopping! The 2008 JAMsj Winter Boutique
will feature annual favorites including ceramic pottery, Japanese-style
collages, clay jewelry, clothing and accessories, Japanese folk dolls,
oil paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, toys, and many more unique items!
Boutique Artist/Vendor List: Event Website
Cookbook Signing11 am - 12 pm
Gene Sakahara and Sam Bozzo, also
known as "SakaBozzo, Twins Separated at Birth," are celebrity
chefs at the world famous
Gilroy Garlic Festival. They will be signing copies of their new book which
will be sold at the Winter Boutique.
|JAMsj Visionaries Gala: Honoring the Legacy
A Salute to a JAMsj Visionary:
The Unrelenting Passion of Jimi Yamaichi
"But who in American history was put away
because they looked like the enemy? This kind of story has to be told."
-- Jimi Yamaichi
Photo courtesy of Andy Frazer
On February 7, 2009, the Japanese American Museum of San
Jose (JAMsj) will honor Jimi Yamaichi, Ken Iwagaki, Gary Okihiro, and the late
Eiichi Sakauye, as visionaries who never gave up in pursuing their dreams of
building a museum in San Jose that told the many stories of triumph and
tribulation within the Japanese American community. In this month's JAMsj
E-News, we turn the spotlight on JAMsj Director and Curator, Jimi Yamaichi.
Many people who know Jimi Yamaichi would say that he has
unrelenting persistence, dogged determination, unbelievable resilience, and
well-intentioned stubbornness. Those traits have served the community well as
Jimi has created an indelible and dynamic vision for the Museum and for San
Jose's vibrant Japantown.
Like many Nisei, Jimi encountered many obstacles and
hardships during his life which formed the basis of his strength and resolve, hardening his determination to create a better community.
Jimi recalls his childhood as one that did not have the same
opportunities as his non-Japanese American classmates. "I started first grade
here (in San Jose) in 1927, and that's when the Boy Scouts were just getting off
the ground. I always used to envy the non-Japanese kids who would come to school
with their Scout uniforms, thinking 'Why can't we have Scout uniforms
too?' Those little things stay with you...I never made it to be a Scout, but later
in life, I was able to help the boys in leading Eagle Scout projects. That's the
fulfillment that I have after not being able to be a Scout as a youngster."
Over the last twenty-five years, Jimi worked closely with the Boy Scouts and was
able to help more than 60 boys in obtaining the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
During Jimi's life, he witnessed many acts of racism and
ostracism, but he never let those actions defeat him, and in some cases, his
stubbornness and determination benefited others who followed in his footsteps. Read rest of article...Event Info:
JAMsj Visionaries Gala:
Honoring the Legacy6:00 pm, Saturday, February 7, 2008Holiday Inn, San JoseMore info: Event website
The Japanese American Museum of San Jose proudly announces a gala dinner
to honor its visionaries on February 7, 2009. Click on the event website link above for more information on the event.Pictured above: Jimi Yamaichi, Ken Iwagaki, Gary Okihiro, and Eiichi Sakauye, showing his crop of pears in 1945 in San Jose (photographer: Hikaru
|Flo Oy Wong - Raising the Voices
Flo Oy Wong
Raising the Voicesde Young Museum Satellite ExhibitionOctober 6 - November 26, 2008Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View, CAGallery Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9 am-7 pm
Sat: 9 am-3 pmMore Info: Exhibition website
Read exhibition review
in Metro Santa Cruz Weekly.
Flo Oy Wong is an artist and a friend of JAMsj who has worked closely with our Museum over the years. We are proud to announce that her Raising the Voices exhibition, which celebrates Flo Oy Wong's 70th year and her three decades of creating art, is drawing rave reviews from critics. The exhibition also incorporates 1942: Luggage From Home To Camp, an installation (courtesy of
JAMsj) that features the suitcase as
a symbol of the Japanese American internment experience.
Raising the Voices also includes a new mixed media piece, My Sister: Li Hong (MSLH), which honors Flo's 86-year-old developmentally disabled sister. It is a work
that explores the humanity of her sibling's life, a narrative of
survival and compassion. Quite miraculously, during the time that Flo
was making the piece, her sister spoke lucidly for the first time in
years. MSLH consists of an embellished pinnable dress form
with a sound component created from oral family reminiscences and
Chinese opera music.
As we get ready for our grand opening early next year, we will need many more volunteers to help with various activities. Help is desired in many different areas such as docenting, office and gift shop administration, IT, grant writing, exhibit and event preparation, videography, and facility maintenance, among other duties. Click here for more information on our exciting opportunities.
Become a part of the JAMsj family as we enter this exciting period! Contact Barbara Sakakihara at firstname.lastname@example.org or the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138.
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