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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
May 2011
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Japantown History Book Presentation
JAMsj Docent Training
Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese
Open Passage Poetry Reading
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Flo Oy Wong
KQED will rebroadcast a SPARK segment, "Influence on Memory," on May 31. The program features artist Flo Oy Wong and shows her exhibit, "1942: Luggage from Home to Camp," a collaborative exhibition with JAMsj.


Japantown History Book Presentation 


Japantown History Book Presentation    

 May 4, 2011

7:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Library

Room 225, 2nd Floor

150 East San Fernando Street

San Jose, CA 95112

Marching band 1927
Marching band 9-3-1927. NE corner of 5th and Jackson. Kanemoto collection

The authors of a book that covers the history of  San Jose's Japantown will discuss their research and progress on May 4, 2011. Admission is free, but seating is limited. 


The book, with the working  title, The San Jose Japantown History Book Project,  is the result of many years of research on the history of San Jose's Japantown. The project team consists of Curt Fukuda, Ralph Pearce, Jim Nagareda, Janice Oda, Monica Smith, June Hayashi, and Ward Shimizu. Proceeds from the book will be donated to JAMsj.


For more information, click on these links: 


Book website 

Book Facebook page  




JAMsj Docent Training 

JAMsj Docent Training

May 21, 2011

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112  

JAMsj volunteer docent Rich Saito

What is a docent?


Docents are volunteer educators who interpret and communicate our educational message to the public during museum tours. There are no prerequisites to be a JAMsj docent. All we want are dependable and enthusiastic people who are willing to learn.  


Why become a docent?


In addition to the satisfaction of providing a valuable community service, you'll receive continuing education with expert instruction, a broad assortment of instructional materials, access to our research library, and special invitations to docent events.


Register for a docent training workshop 

If you have questions or wish to register for a workshop, contact Aggie Idemoto, Education Director, at aggieidemoto@gmail.com or (408) 268-4440. If you would like to become a JAMsj volunteer, submit the online volunteer registration form or request a hard copy of the form by contacting the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138. 

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese

Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club


Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese

by John V. Reynolds 

June 3, 2011

1:00 pm

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112




Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese website 


"I have just been told that there are threats about burning my house if I have any more Japanese in my home... I led many of these Japanese in the Scouts, taught many of them the value of Christian life of love and forgiveness. Can I so forget?"

George Kimbel, May 14, 1945


What happened to Lompoc's prewar Nikkei community? Only 2 out of 100 families returned. This is the story of tiny  Lompoc, California, where a vibrant and varied Nikkei community, whose members had been living there for 40 years, was dispossessed and denied return. Vanished: Lompoc's Japanese is based on interviews with more than 80 survivors, uncommonly candid  reports by a War Relocation agent on the scene, and local newspaper accounts.  The book is illustrated with 40 pages of photographs that have never before been published.  


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 available for purchase in the JAMsj museum store. If you have questions, please contact Aggie Idemoto at  aggie@jamsj.org or (408) 268-4440.

Open Passage Poetry Reading 

Open Passage book cover


Open Passage Poetry Reading

and Book Signing


May 6, 2011

7:00 to 8:30 p.m

National Steinbeck Center  

One Main Street

Salinas, CA 93901





If you missed Ann Muto's poetry reading and book signing at JAMsj in February, you have another chance.  Ann will be at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California, as part of their "Meet the Author" series on May 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.The author reception will start at 7:00 p.m. with the reading beginning at 7:30 p.m. The book signing will follow.


The poems in Open Passage capture the confusion and frustration of the author's quest into how the internment experience impacted her family as well as the welcome relief she finds in her favorite wild places: Yosemite National Park and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. 

Ann is a JAMsj volunteer and a former JAMsj board member.  Ann spent her early years in Salinas, California. Her book talk coincides with the current exhibition, "NIHONMACHI: Japanese History in Salinas Chinatown," at the National Steinbeck Center.  The exhibition runs from April 30 to July 17.


For more information, click on the following link: 


National Steinbeck Center Meet The Author Series website 

Volunteer Opportunities

JAMsj Volunteers
JAMsj volunteers have many rewarding experiences.  

"The Japanese American Museum of San Jose
is perhaps the most solidified organization that documents the history of the East-West experience in San Jose." - San Jose Metro "Best of 2011" 

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to work in our new museum store. There are no skills required besides having a great attitude and a passion for telling the Japanese American story.  If you are interested in helping out at the museum store, please contact laujeanette@gmail.com.

Remember that volunteering for the museum is a great way to add valuable work experience to your resume when you are between jobs.   

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 also available. Click here for more information about our exciting opportunities.

Join the JAMsj family by becoming a volunteer!  Submit the online volunteer form from our website or call our office at (408) 294-3138 to request a hard copy of the application form.

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535 N. Fifth Street
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Tel: (408) 294-3138
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