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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
November 2013
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Winter Boutique 2013
Book Club: Discussion of Hirabayashi Case
Film & Discussion: Blossoms and Thorns
Presentation: Campaign for Justice -- Redress Now for Japanese Latin American Internees!
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On December 18
at JAMsj, CAAM Introduces



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, author Naomi Hirahara will be in attendance and will bring her latest and most popular books for sale. She will gladly discuss her books and sign personal copies.


Naomi Hirahara
Naomi Hirahara

Naomi Hirahara, author of Strawberry Yellow

Pasadena native Naomi Hirahara is the 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.



Questions? Please contact Warren Hayashi at the Museum: info@jamsj.org, (408) 294-3138, or access the web site, (www.jamsj.org).

 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.

 Film & Discussion


Blossoms and Thorns 


Saturday, November 16, 2013

1:00 p.m.


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


JAMsj is pleased to host a special screening of Blossoms and Thorns, followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Ken Kokka and a discussion with Hiroji Kariya and Jim Nakano. Kariya and Nakano are local Japanese Americans from the cut-flower industry whose own stories are similar to those featured in the film. The discussion will be moderated by two-time Emmy award nominee and local NBC Bay Area reporter, George Kiriyama.


 Ken Kokka, Filmmaker

George Kiriyama,
NBC Bay Area reporter 

Blossoms and Thorns is a short documentary featuring Ruby Adachi Hiramoto, Flora Ninomiya, and Tom Oishi, all members of the Japanese American flower-growing community in Richmond, California. Uprooted by the federal government and forcibly removed from their homes and businesses, these growers spent the duration of WWII in barren desert internment camps. Through personal interviews, they recount the struggle, dismay, and resiliency of the families who returned to the floral industry and the changing Richmond neighborhood.


Their stories are all too familiar to Japanese Americans. Special guests Kariya and Nakano will share their own family stories with the audience, from starting the family business to the injustice and impact of WWII and to their post-war struggle and eventual success in rebuilding the family business.



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.   


Campaign for Justice: 
Redress Now for Japanese Latin American Internees! 


Saturday, November 23, 2013

1:00 p.m.


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

From 1941 to 1948, more than 2,200 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were abducted and forcibly deported from 13 Latin American countries and interned in U.S. Department of Justice camps or U.S. Army facilities. Many were used as hostages in two prisoner exchanges between the United States and Japan. Categorized as "illegal aliens," these Japanese Latin Americans (JLAs) were excluded from the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted an apology and a $20,000 compensation payment only to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents of Japanese ancestry.


Grace Shimizu
Grace Shimizu, a leading advocate for former JLA internees, will give an update on the ongoing campaign to grant justice to JLAs. Her talk will be preceded by a special screening of the newly updated Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story.  This half-hour documentary reveals the little known history of the internment of JLAs, but it focuses on the story of Art Shibayama. His life story exemplifies the experiences of these JLAs, who suffered from unjust treatment both during and after WWII. Treated as "illegal aliens" by the U.S. government, the JLAs faced even harsher injustices compared to their Japanese American counterparts.



Art Shibayama

Art Shibayama's commitment to truth and justice is an

inspiration to those still struggling to attain government accountability for constitutional and human rights violations, including pending congressional legislation to establish a commission to investigate the treatment of the JLAs during WWII. Now living in San Jose, he will be on hand to answer questions from the audience after the film.

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.


Calendar of Events

November 2, 2013:  Book Club:  A Principled Stand:  The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States
November 9, 2013:  JAMsj Winter Boutique

November 13, 2013, 6:15pm, JAMsj Board Mtg, JAMsj

November 16, 2013:  Film & Discussion:  Blossoms and Thorns
November 23, 2013:  Panel Discussion:  Campaign for Justice
November 28, 2013: CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 18, 2013:  CAAM Introduces Memories to Light:  Asian American Home Movie Project 
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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