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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
January 2011
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Open Passage Poetry Reading
Fred Korematsu Day
San Jose Day of Remembrance
JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club
Volunteer Opportunities
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Author Ann Muto

Ann Muto will present her poetry from Open Passage at JAMsj on February 12.

Poetry Reading and Book Signing

Open Passage

Ann Muto

Poetry Reading and Book Signing

February 12, 2011

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112

 Open Passage book cover


For 20 years, Ann Muto did not know her family lived in a "concentration camp" during World War II nor why her birthplace--Poston, Arizona--no longer existed. The poems in Open Passage capture the confusion and frustration of her search for her personal history as well as the welcome relief she finds in her favorite wild places: Yosemite National Park and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.


Seating is limited. Reserve your seat by calling the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138 or email eva@jamsj.org.


 Fred Korematsu Day

Koramatsu Day Poster


Fred Korematsu Day

January 30, 2011 

UC Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium

UC Berkeley Campus


2:00 to 3:00 pm: Main Program

3:00 to 4:00 pm: General Reception

4:00 to 5:00 pm: Film Screening   


Come celebrate the first Fred Korematsu Day on January 30, 2011, at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Auditorium. The program includes keynote speaker Reverend Jesse Jackson and spoken word artist Beau Sia, as well as tributes from Karen Korematsu and California Assembly Members Warren Furutani and Marty Block.  There will also be a screening of the film, Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story. Click here for ticket information and more details.

Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government's incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government's order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

In 1983, Dr. Peter Irons, a legal historian, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a legal team of mostly Japanese American attorneys re-opened Korematsu's 40 year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu's conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. Korematsu's growing legacy continues to inspire activists of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.

  31st Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance

2011 San Jose Day of Remembrance

31st Annual San Jose  

Day of Remembrance


"Fighting Against Fear"


February 20, 2011

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

640 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112



The San Jose Day of Remembrance event commemorates Executive Order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942,  which led to the forced incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. This year's program features speakers from the community, including a remembrance by JAMsj curator, Jimi Yamaichi, a speech by Congressman Mike Honda, a performance by internationally acclaimed San Jose Taiko, and the traditional candlelight procession through historic San Jose Japantown.


JAMsj will also have a special display at the Day of Remembrance event on civil rights activist, Fred Korematsu, in honor of the inaugural Fred Korematsu Day.


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact info@sjnoc.org or visit the event webslte.


San Jose Day of Remembrance 

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 had 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, as well as 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 2010 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 28, 2011: "Detained at Liberty's Door" Exhibition, Opening Reception. Exhibition runs through June 24, 2011.
January 30, 2011: Fred Korematsu Day
February 4, 2011: JAMsj/Yu Ai Kai Book Club
February 12, 2011: Open Passage Poetry Reading
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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