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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
December 2010
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JAMsj Docent Training
JAMsj Docents

JAMsj Docent Training

January 6 & 8, 2011
1:00 am to 4:00 pm
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112


The sessions on January 6 and 8 are identical so you can attend either session.

 

"I had met a former internee who told me that what she wanted most was that she wanted people to just remember. I want to be able to tell the stories of the experiences of Japanese Americans so that people will remember what they went through."

                                          - Janet Grant, a new JAMsj volunteer docent.


JAMsj Docents


New JAMsj volunteer docents, Kevin Nii and Janet Grant






 


Docents enhance the visitor experience by interpreting exhibits, facilitating interaction among individuals, and posing critical questions to extend thinking. Interested in joining JAMsj's team of docents? Attend one of the docent training sessions that are offered on January 6 or January 8.

Aggie Idemoto and Joe Yasutake will facilitate these entertaining and educational workshops. They will train interested volunteers on the "what and how" of docenting. As a follow up to the training, trainees will have an opportunity to shadow an experienced docent--a critical next step in the learning process. Readiness to fly solo is up to the individual.

Interested in becoming a JAMsj docent?  You can submit the online volunteer application form. For further information or if you would like to register for docent training, contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or aggie@jamsj.org.

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
How to Be an American Housewife

How to Be An American HousewifeJAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

How to Be an American Housewife
Margaret Dilloway


February 4, 2011

1:00 pm
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112





Author's website

How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married a GI, and her grown daughter Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife has not been what she'd expected.

When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways. Offering an entertaining glimpse into American and Japanese families and their potent aspirations, this novel is warm, engaging, and full of unexpected insights.

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 VolunteersPhoto: JAMsj volunteers









Our October grand opening event was a smashing success, thanks to the many dedicated JAMsj volunteers.  With a larger facility and many more visitors, we need additional volunteers to help with various activities. Help is desired in many exciting areas.
We have immediate openings, as follows:
  • Museum store staff
  • Docents
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Event coordinators and assistants
  • Online communication developers
     
Other positions are available. Click here for more information about our exciting opportunities.

Join the JAMsj family by becoming a volunteer! Send email to VolunteerAdmin@jamsj.org, fill out an online volunteer form, or call our office at (408) 294-3138.


JAMsj Calendar

January 6 & 8, 2011: JAMsj Docent Training
February 4, 2011: JAMsj/Yu Ai Kai Book Club
February 20, 2011: 31st Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance

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Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: (408) 294-3138
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