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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
October 2013
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Winter Boutique 2013
Special Screening: The Untold Story -- Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii
Panel Discussion: Filipino Americans and the History of San Jose's Japantown
Youth Group Event: Bully -- Awareness, Perspective and Prevention
Craft Class: Fleur de Lis Necklace
Book Club: Discussion of Hirabayashi Case
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JAMsj Volunteers Keep Us Going!
Our JAMsj volunteers are the life-blood of our museum. Their countless hours keep our momentum going! 

Current volunteer openings include: 
* Winter Boutique Movers on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1pm and Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4pm 
* Ongoing creation and distribution of flyers for our public programs 
* College network coordinator for our public programs 
* Hospitality angel to make treats for events at JAMsj 
* Rearchers for grant support and scholarships 
* Co-coordinator of volunteer database 
* Receptionists 
* Docents 
* Retail store helpers


If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send an email message to Leslie Kim, JAMsj volunteer coordinator at





Through the end of 2013

Chidori Band Exhibit


Chidori Band's  

60th Anniversary 



San Jose Taiko Exhibit

Celebrating SJ Taiko's 40th Anniversary


Jack's Show:  His Life and Sketches

In Honor of the late  

Jack Matsuoka


Winter Boutique

Saturday, November 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. (Members)
10:00 a.m. (General Public) 

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin 
640 N. 5th Street
San Jose, CA  95112  

Winter Boutique to Showcase Artists and Authors


Join the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) for a popular line-up of Bay Area artists, crafts people, and guest authors at the annual Winter Boutique on November 9, 2013, at the San Jose Buddhist Church gymnasium, 640 N. Fifth Street, in San Jose. The general public hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Museum members will be admitted one hour earlier than nonmembers.


When you come, you will find a wide variety of Asian-inspired jewelry, clothing, home goods, wall art, and ceramics. To satisfy your hunger, bento boxes, manju, cookies, and sushi will be available for purchase.

Winter Boutique 2012



This year, three accomplished authors will be in attendance and will bring their latest and most popular books for sale. They will gladly discuss their books and sign personal copies.


Tom Graves, author of Twice Heroes

Tom Graves 

JAMsj is pleased to have San Francisco writer and photographer, Tom Graves, as a featured author at this year's Winter Boutique. To write his book, Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea, Graves interviewed 98 Nisei veterans, unveiling their personal battles against wartime suspicion and racism


Naomi Hirahara, author of Strawberry Yellow

Naomi Hirahara
Naomi Hirahara

Pasadena native Naomi Hirahara is another featured author whom boutique attendees will want to meet. Summer of the Big Bachi, Hirahara's first mystery, was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize and was nominated for a Macavity Mystery Award. Her most recent book, Strawberry Yellow, is the latest in a series of Mas Arai mysteries.


Ken Mochizuki, author of Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story

Stop by and talk to Ken Mochizuki, author of several notable books, including Baseball Saved Us, the story of a Japanese American boy's life as an incarceree during WWII. The story unfolds as the boy establishes a baseball league to help pass the time.  His most recent work is Be Water, My Friend: the Early Years of Bruce Lee.


Winter Boutique 2012

Questions? Please contact Warren Hayashi at the Museum: info@jamsj.org, (408) 294-3138, or access the web site, (www.jamsj.org).
Special Screening
The Untold Story: 
Internment of Japanese Americans in Haw
Photo courtesy of JCCH

Saturday, October 5, 2013

1:00 p.m.


   Wesley United Methodist Church

Venue Sponsor 

566 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) and Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), in conjunction with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, present the first full-length documentary chronicling the WWII internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaiʻi.


Within 48 hours of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i authorities
Photo courtesy of JCCH
arrested several hundred local residents, targeting Buddhist priests, Japanese language-school officials,  newspaper editors, business and community leaders. In total, more than 2,000 men and women of Japanese ancestry were arrested, detained, and interned at 13 different confinement sites located in Hawai'i. There was no evidence of espionage or sabotage, and no charges were ever filed against them.

The Untold Story, produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, chronicles their story through oral histories, documents, interviews, and reenactments. 

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, a nonprofit organization based in Honolulu, strives to strengthen its diverse community by educating present and future generations about the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai'i.

The Untold Story is based on original research but was assisted by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the     

   author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the

  U.S.  Department of the Interior.



Cost: This special screening requires advance tickets ($5 donation).

For information, contact PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org . For tickets, call CATS at (408) 867-4525, visit the JAMsj Museum Store (Thursday to Sunday, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.), or visit Nikkei Traditions (for hours see http://shop.nikkeitraditions-sj.com/ ).



 Panel Discussion
Filipino Americans and the History of San Jose's Japantown  


Saturday, October 19, 2013

1:00 p.m.


Japanese American Museum of San Jose  
  535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

"Santa Clara Valley has a particularly unique history of Filipino American livelihood and growth. As early as the 1920s, a vital site of employment resided in the area known as present-day Japantown in San Josť. Working relationships and friendships were built among many Filipino and Japanese farm owners. In fact, Filipinos kindly helped maintain the operation of farms owned by Japanese families when they were forced into internment camps during WW II." - Filipino Memorial Project.


Organized in conjunction with the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), this panel will explore the shared history of the Japanese American and Filipino American communities in San Jose's Japantown and how the two communities might work together in the future to preserve the cultural heritage and history of the area.




Tom Izu

Executive director of the California History Center and Foundation at De Anza College in Cupertino. Izu has a long history of active service in the San Jose Japanese American community. A past board member of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), he now serves on its advisory board.



Ron Muriera

Administrator of FANHS,; FANHS national trustee, Santa Clara Valley chapter; and trustee, Northern California FANHS.




Robert V. Ragsac, Sr.

First-generation Filipino-American whose parents migrated to California in 1927. Born and raised in the Chinatown/Japantown area from the 1930s to the 1950s. Retired space systems engineer. Currently active in capturing the story and history of the first wave of Filipino immigrants who settled in San Jose during the 1920s and 1930s.


  Dr. Estella Habal

Associate professor of Asian American Studies at San Jose State University. Dr. Habal has written a number of books and essays on Filipino Americans, from their role in the International Hotel struggle to their participation in the 2008 presidential election.













Cost: Free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). 


Please contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.    


 JAMsj Youth Group 
Bullying Through History: The Movie
Bully and the Japanese-American WWII Experience
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Time T.B.D. 


Japanese American Museum of San Jose  
  535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 

By Brandon Yang

On October 20, JAMsj Youth will be hosting an event entitled "Bully: Awareness, Perspective, and Prevention." The purpose of this event is to spread awareness about bullying in the context of WWII Japanese experiences. The event will begin with a screening of the movie
Bully, a PG-13 documentary detailing the lives of five American high school students struggling with bullying. After that, there will be a discussion of discrimination in the context of Japanese American struggles during and after WWII. This discussion will provide a basis for conversation on preventing bullying and spreading awareness in the community.


            Bullying in its many forms-online, verbal, physical-impacts everyone in a community in different ways: observers, victims, and aggressors. Bullying is often a form of discrimination against people of different backgrounds, appearances, and cultures. Overcoming these differences and accepting others are key to building a strong community, both in schools and in society.  

            Much in the same way, discrimination shaped
Discrimination against Japanese Americans during WWII parallels bullying in American schools.
Photo courtesy of the National Japanese American Historical Society.
the Japanese American experience during and after WWII. Historically, Japanese Americans have suffered from discrimination due to their distinct appearances and culture. Many unfair laws prevented Japanese Americans from owning their own land and inhibited immigration, but they often managed to succeed despite these societal constraints.  


            In the confusion of WWII, many Japanese Americans were sent to internment centers against their will, regardless of their patriotism or adoption of American cultures. This stereotypical prejudice against Japanese Americans, based solely on their nationality and culture, reflects the prejudice and discrimination associated with bullying in American schools today.  


            Even for a while after the war, Japanese Americans had a hard time overcoming stereotypes and difficulties created during their internment. However, through hard work, strong character, and the help of others, they gained greater acceptance both in society and in the workplace. As with overcoming bullying, overcoming discrimination against Japanese Americans was a slow, yet rewarding process.  


            Because celebrating diverse cultures is keyto fighting bullying, JAMsj Youth is proud to present this movie screening to spread awareness on bullying and foster reflection on the Japanese American experience. Examining this experience will create a better understanding of bullying in American schools, advise how to tackle this problem, and show how to create stronger communities. In fact, we hope that the JAMsj Youth event will provide more insight into how to stop bullying and discrimination at all levels.



JAMsj Youth is led by students of any background who are dedicated to spreading Japanese American culture and history in innovative ways. We would like to remind the public that there are many cultures that make up America and that each and every culture, as well as each individual, is unique. We fight to preserve cultures, focusing on the Japanese American culture of the South Bay. 


Brandon Yang is currently a student at the Harker School in California. He is a docent at the museum and is enthusiastic about Japanese history and culture. He has diverse passions, including composing music, writing, playing piano, travelling, programming, and performing scientific research.



Cost: Free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). 


Please contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot


 Craft Class
Fleur de lis necklace and earrings.  Photo courtesy of instructor. 

Fleur de Lis Necklace
with guest instructor, Noriko Romanko 


Saturday, October 26, 2013

1:00 p.m.


Japanese American Museum of San Jose  
  535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

Bay Area jewelry designer and beading instructor Noriko Romanko comes to the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) to teach a hands-on workshop featuring one of her elegant, right-angle weave designs. This beautiful necklace is made from a pattern where two sizes of Swarovski crystals dangle from a fleur de lis patterned chain created with  Swarovski crystal pearls .


"My goal is to create jewelry that is suitable to wear with your special dress, yet can be worn with everyday clothing.  I want my jewelry to have classic elegance which never goes out of style.  Think of it as diamonds; I aim to design every piece with that kind of quality and timelessness." - Noriko Romanko


Romanko's jewelry projects are designed to be "Always Beautiful, Comfortable, Durable (and Easy to learn" (ABCDE). Step-by-step instructions, complete with diagrams and photos, are provided. They are easy to follow and allow for the creation of multiple pieces years after having made the first one. Matching earring instructions are also included.


This program will also include a trunk show featuring Romanko's original jewelry pieces (necklaces, bracelets, and earrings), as well as additional bead kits for the design taught in this workshop.

Noriko Romanko


To see more of Noriko's designs, visit her website at  http://beadwithme.net.   You can also find an example of her work featured in the October 2006 issue of  Bead and Button magazine .


Noriko Romanko has been designing and teaching beading classes for more than ten years. Her designs have been published in Bead & Button magazine, as well as its sister publications. Romanko has taught in several locations across the San Francisco Bay area and is known for her elegant designs and easy-to-follow instructions. 
Intermediate project, but beginners with needle/thread experience are welcome.

This class is offered at a special discounted rate for JAMsj.
Cost: $30 class fee plus admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free). An additional $32 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class. The materials fee includes all beads for this project, including genuine Swarovski crystals and crystal pearls, as well as jewelry findings, wire thread, and needles for right-angle weave beadwork. The class fee is reduced by $5.00 for members who are active volunteers at the museum.

Class is limited to 10 students; 5 student minimum. RSVP early. Please contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.    


 Book Club
Discussion of
Hirabayashi Case


Saturday, November 2, 2013

1:00 p.m.


Japanese American Museum of San Jose  
  535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112

A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v.United States was selected for the upcoming JAMsj Book Club meeting when it meets November 2, 1:00 p.m., at the museum.   This book is a collection of memoirs by Gordon K. Hirabayashi, James Hirabayashi, and Lane Ryo Hirabayashi.


Gordon Hirabayashi was convicted of violating a curfew at the outbreak of WWII. Because he stood firm, his appeal of this conviction reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The rest of Hirabayashi's story promises a lively discussion at the book club meeting.


For the first time, the events of the case are told in Hirabayashi's own words. The result is a compelling and intimate story that reveals what motivated him, how he endured, and how his ideals deepened as he fought discrimination and defended his beliefs.


"I never look at my case as just my own or just as a Japanese American case. It is an American case, fraught with principles that affect the fundamental human rights of all Americans," states Hirabayashi.



The book is available at the museum store. The JAMsj Book Club meets the first Saturday, every other month, and is open to the public. Questions? Contact book club facilitator Aggie Idemoto at (408) 294-3138 or aggie@jamsj.org.

Calendar of Events

October 5, 2013:  Film:  The Untold Story -- Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai'i  (ticketed event)
October 19, 2013:  Panel Discussion:  Filipino Americans and the History of San Jose's Japantown
October 20, 2013:  Screening of Bully and Panel Discussion:  Bully --  Awareness, Perspective, and Prevention  
October 26, 2013:  Craft Class:  Fleur de Lis Necklace
November 2, 2013:  Book Club:  A Principled Stand:  The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States
November 9, 2013:  JAMsj Winter Boutique  
Through December 2013:  Chidori Band and SJ Taiko Exhibits
Through December 2013:  Jack's Story -- His Life and Sketches

For more information about our public programs, please contact PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org

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