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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
July 2011
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Kiyo's Story
JAMsj Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
A Gathering of Friends
Japantown Disaster Preparedness Town Hall
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Kiyo Sato Dandelion Through The Crack  

Read more about author Kiyo Sato on her website    



Will Kaku, Roy Matsuzaki

JAMsj board members Will Kaku and Roy Matsuzaki at the Gathering of Friends.

At the Gathering of Friends event, JAMsj board member Will Kaku spoke about how the next generation has a responsibility in continuing the legacy of Holocaust survivors and Japanese American internees... Read this story on the JAMsj blog.

Japanese American internees and Holocaust survivors shared stories at the Gathering of Friends. Photo courtesy of Gary Jio.

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  Kiyo's Story 


Kiyo Sato

Author Kiyo Sato will be speaking and signing books on July 23, 2011 at JAMsj


Kiyo Sato Book Talk

1:00 p.m., July 23, 2011

 Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street

San Jose, CA 95112


Kiyo's Story book cover


JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club  

1:00 p.m., August 5, 2011


Both events will be take place at: 

Japanese American Museum of San Jose 



On July 23, 2011, author Kiyo Sato will discuss her unforgettable and touching memoir, Kiyo's Story. Her memoir was awarded the  William Saroyan International Prize for non-fiction in 2008. On August 5, 2011, the JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club will discuss member reactions to the book.


Excerpt from Kiyo's Story: 


I lift my head and see the chilling reminders down the road - huge 18" x 24" public notices nailed onto the fence posts:






I didn't want to stop when I first saw them. I didn't want the world to know that I am "one of them" and have them see me jump the ditch, hold on to the barbed wire fence while I read the instructions. The small print would seal our fate. I checked my rear view mirror for any oncoming cars. Up ahead I saw more posters. I drove on. It got easier to pass up another one. The rarely traveled, quiet one-mile-long Routier Road appeared violated by black and white public notices indiscriminately nailed the whole length of the road. With only five mailboxes on the road, why didn't they send five letters? Actually only four letters. Mr. McDonald is Caucasian.


The Author's Book Talk is free for JAMsj members and $5 for non-members.  There is no charge for attending the JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club event.  


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


 JAMsj Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch  

July 30, 2011  

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  

Issei Memorial Building  

565 North Fifth Street  

San Jose, CA 95112


Pat Yatsuya
Volunteer Pat Yotsuya performs hula at the 2009 Volunteer Appreciation Party



JAMsj volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization. Because our volunteers are very special to us, we would like to show our gratitude for the hard work they do for us every day. The work at JAMsj could not continue without their dedication, hard work, and support.



JAMsj board members will be hosting their annual volunteer brunch on July 30, 2011, in the backyard of the Issei Memorial Building. Board members will be making their signature dishes for the volunteers to enjoy. We look forward to seeing all of our fabulous volunteers at this fun event! 


The event is for JAMsj volunteers only. Would you like to become a JAMsj volunteer? Fill out our online application



A Gathering of Friends 


On June 12, 2011, former Japanese American internees and their families joined with Holocaust survivors to share their life stories at the third Gathering of Friends event held at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. Harvey Gotliffe, one of the program organizers, talks about what inspired him to create this unique and special event.   


Why Have A Gathering of Friends?

By Harvey Gotliffe 


Harvey Gotliffe

Harvey Gotliffe at the Gathering  

of Friends event.


In 1972, while teaching at Fresno State, I listened to the internment story of my graduate assistant and friend Sam Masumoto and his family, who gave me a copy of Boswell's book America's Concentration Camps. I continued to learn about the internment and in 2000, as a San Jose State University journalism professor, I introduced a class entitled "How the American Media Covered the Japanese American Internment and the Holocaust during World War Two." Holocaust survivors came in and told their stories to the class as did former Japanese American internees including Jimi and Eiko Yamaichi, Katsumi and Alice Hikido, and author Jeanne Houston. Each semester, several former internees volunteered to be interviewed in their homes by only two to three students at a time, allowing living history to be told and passed on. Read the rest of Harvey's story on the JAMsj blog...  





Gathering of Friends Gathering of Friends   

Gathering of Friends photographs courtesy of Gary Jio 

 Japantown Disaster Preparedness Townhall and Resource Fair

Japantown Emergency Preparedness


We have all watched in horror as communities around the world suffered through disasters. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to face challenges of this magnitude, as well as the efforts to save lives, preserve property, clean-up debris and re-build.


What would I do? How should I act? What can I do to prepare? Am I ready?


Come learn about disaster preparedness and meet your neighbors and professionals at the Japantown Townhall Meeting and Resource Fair on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center  located at 588 N. 4th Street in San Jose. Resources and information are available at www.ready.gov and www.fema.gov .


 If you have any questions and/or would like to join us, please send an email to Rich Saito at

slirks@netscape.net, or mail us at Japantown Community Congress c/o Yu Ai Kai, 588 N. 4th St. San Jose, CA  95112.

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