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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
April  2009 - Vol 2, Issue 2
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Talking Story
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Photo: Marlene Shigekawa

The "Talking Story" event will be moderated by Marlene Shigekawa, author of Blue Jay in the Desert.

Image: Blue Jay in the Desert

"Talking Story"
An Intimate Conversation With Asian American Authors

"Talking Story"
An Intimate Conversation With
Asian American Authors

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturday, May 16, 2009
Northside Community Center
488 North Sixth Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Registration and Info: event website

In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Midori Kai Inc. and JAMsj proudly present this extraordinary event with Asian American authors Delphine Hirasuna, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Gail Tsukiyama and Janice Mirikitani. Author Marlene Shigekawa will be the moderator for this very intimate conversation.

Seating is limited. Register by April 30th!

Photo: Delphine Hirasuna  Delphine Hirasuna
  Art of Gaman
  100 American Flags  

Photo: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
 Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

  Farewell to Manzanar
  Legend of the Firehorse Woman

Photo: Gail Tsukiyama
  Gail Tsukiyama

  The Samurai's Garden
  Street of A Thousand Blossoms

Photo: Janice Mirikitani
 Janice Mirikitani
  San Francisco Poet Laureate
  Shedding Silence

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club Features The Samurai's Garden
Image: Samurai's Garden

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
1:00 pm, Friday, May 1, 2009
Yu-Ai Kai Building
588 North Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

In Gail Tsukiyama's The Samurai's Garden, loneliness, solitude, and isolation are themes permeating the story, with the garden serving as a sense of comfort. The relationship between a Chinese man and a Japanese woman brings together two distinctly different cultures.

It is not coincidental that The Samurai's Garden was selected at this time. Ms. Tsukiyama will be one of five authors featured at the Asian American author's conference, "Talking Story," sponsored by JAMsj and Midori Kai, on May 16.

The book club meets the first Friday of every other month and is always open to new members. Selections are chosen collaboratively at the end of each meeting and align with the JAMsj mission -- the celebration of Japanese American art, history, and culture. Books are readily available at San Jose public libraries. If you have questions, please contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or aggie@jamsj.org.
Volunteer Opportunities

Photo: JAMsj volunteersAs we get ready for our grand opening, 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, website and E-News implementation, IT services, grant writing, exhibit and event preparation, videography and facility maintenance. Click here for more information about our exciting opportunities.

Museum Interior Display Construction: Are you handy with tools? We are currently looking for skilled volunteers who can help us build displays and exhibits for the new JAMsj.

Become a part of the JAMsj family as we enter this exciting period! Contact Reiko Itamura at ireiko@comcast.net or the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138.
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Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
535 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: (408) 294-3138
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