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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
April 2014
In This Issue
Book Club -- Heirlooms: Letters From A Peach Farmer
Volunteer Fair
Kimono and Vintage Sale
Kodomo No Hi
After Camp: Post-War Nisei Life and Politics
Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America
Dalip Singh Saund: His Life, His Legacy
Calendar of Events
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Book Club

 Heirlooms:  Letters From A Peach Farmer 

 

Sunday, April 5, 2014

   1:00 p.m.      

 

Japanese American Museum of San Jose  
  535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112
 
Earthy wisdom and real-life stories emanate from an award-winning author. As suburbs swallow more and more rich farmland and reforms change the farming industry, the voices of farmers have never been more important. In his latest collection of essays, David Mas Masumoto reminds us that food remains the cornerstone of our society, even in the twenty-first century. Pervading his essays is a rooted, proud sense of community, family, and craftsmanship, resulting in tales of toil and triumph over the land that produce the food for our grocery stores, farmers' markets, and restaurants. Written in the form of letters, Masumoto's essays achieve an intimacy uncommon in American literature. Told by a man leading the fabled simple life, this writing speaks eloquently of the need to protect the so-called bread and butter of life: food, family, and community.

 

The Book Club meets the first Saturday, every other month, and is open to the public.


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

Questions? Contact Book Club facilitator, Aggie Idemoto at aggie@jamsj.org, or call JAMsj at (408) 294-3138.
Volunteer Fair


Jamsj volunteers JAMsj Volunteers Do It All    
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. 5th Street

San Jose, CA  95112

 

If you are someone with passion, talent, and time, then Sunday, April 13, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m. is a good time to visit the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) volunteer fair! Come learn how you can share your talents to become a volunteer at JAMsj.

Volunteers come to JAMsj from many walks of life, including IT professionals, students, businesspeople, teachers, administrators, product managers, construction professionals, architects, students, professors, parents, and caregivers. Volunteers are needed as receptionists, docents, retail store professionals, gardeners, exhibit professionals, writers, and fundraisers, just to name a few.

If you are interested, please come to the volunteer fair and learn more about our exciting opportunities. Green tea cookies will be served!

 

Nikkei Matsuri Event

Kimono and Vintage Sale

Sunday, April 27, 2014

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.    

  

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

 

Sake bottles, kimono and soroban.
Photo courtesy of Eva Yamamoto 

The second annual kimono and vintage sale will held on Sunday, April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the Nikkei Matsuri Festival. The sale will be held in the agricultural exhibit area of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj).

This unique sale features gently-used items of Japanese or Asian influence. Last year, Machiko Shiozaki from the Kimura Gallery in Palo Alto, California, helped us appraise the donated items. We hope to be able to take advantage of her expertise again this year.

On sale last year were items from the Sasser family estate, books from the museum library, obis, kimonos, fabric, dishes, dolls, swords, paintings, and hangings. The samurai swords were the most sought-after items. We expect similar items this year. So come one, come all, to check out the goods!

You can help us raise money for the museum by either:

  • Donating--Donations will be accepted from April 2 through April 20.on Thursday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Did you know that donations are tax deductible?       So you can help yourself as well as JAMsj--we will give you a tax-deductible donation form for your items.
  • Buying--Come to the sale and buy whatever strikes your fancy, either for yourself or for a thoughtful gift. Again, help yourself and support the museum at the same time.

If you wish more information, please email eva@jamjs.org or call 408 294-3138.

 

Children's Day Event

  Kodomo No Hi  

    

Sunday, April 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

       

Japanese American Museum of San Jose  
  535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112
  kodomo no hi at JAMsj

Brightly dyed carp streamers will soon be fluttering above houses in Japan and many Japanese American homes during the celebration of Kodomo No Hi, otherwise known as Childlren's Day. In keeping with this tradition, koi streamers will be hung along Fifth Street, leading you to JAMsj during the Nikkei Matsuri Festival.  Kodomo No Hi is a nationally observed holiday in Japan, traditionally celebrated on May 5.

JAMsj will be celebrating Kodomo No Hi with various craft-making workshops. Children can learn how to make kabuto (samurai helmets), koinobori (carp streamers), and other crafts at this popular event. We'll also raffle off a special JAMsj gift basket.
 
 
Event is free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).  An additional materials fee may apply.

For more information, please email PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call the JAMsj office at (408) 294-3138.

Scholar Presentation

University of California Press photo. 
Courtesy of Author


 After Camp:  Post-War Nisei Life
and Politics 

featuring

Dr. Greg Robinson
 

      

Saturday, May 3, 2014

1:00 p.m.

       

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

There is a large literature devoted to Japanese immigration and settlement, as well as the official confinement of some 120,000 ethnic Japanese from the West Coast during World War II. Yet, the essential question, "What happened after people left camp?" remains all but unanswered by historians. Excluded from the wartime economic boom and scarred psychologically by their wartime ordeal, the former camp inmates struggled to remake their lives in the years that followed.   Even if the resettlement and renewal that followed the release of inmates from camp lack the massive drama and conflict of the wartime events, they must be counted as equally important, if not more so, in setting the course of people's lives and fortunes.

 

Join us as award-winning author, Nichi Bei Weekly columnist, and noted scholar of Japanese American history, Dr. Greg Robinson, discusses his work concerning a large, unexplored area of American history: the midcentury Japanese American experience.

 

 

Greg Robinson, is a full professor of history at l'Université du Québec À Montréal, a French-language institution in Montreal, Canada. A specialist in North American ethnic studies and U.S. political history, he is the author of many notable books, including:

 

Greg Robinson.
Photo courtesy of UQAM

-       By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans

-           A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America

-          After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics

-          Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era

 


Cost: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $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.

Photography Workshop

  Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America  

    

Sunday, May 4, 2014

2:00 p.m.

       

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

"Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America" is sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and will take place on May 10, 2014.  On that day, thousands of amateur, professional, and casual photographers alike are invited to take pictures and create videos that reflect their vision of Asian Pacific America.

 

In support of that event, local photographers Curt Fukuda and Jim Nagareda, along with filmmaker Duane Kubo, will host a pre-shoot workshop on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj).  Fukuda and Nagareda will share their favorite documentary photos from their upcoming book on the history of San Jose Japantown, as well contemporary photos taken in the Asian American communities.  Details regarding the Flickr upload and parameters for participating in "Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America" will also be discussed.  It is not mandatory to take the workshop in order to participate in the event.  However, all are welcome on May 4 to get details, meet others, and possibly collaborate.

 


Cost: Free.

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

Movie Screening
 
Dalip Singh Saund:  His Life, His Legacy   
 
Image from film. Courtesy of Heritage Series, LLC.
Stanford University, April 23, time TBD 
 San Jose State University / MLK Library, April 25, 3 - 5 p.m.
DeAnza College, California History Center, April 29, evening

UC Santa Cruz, May 1, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
    
 

Dalip Singh Saund was the first Asian, the first Indian, and the first Sikh elected as a U.S. Congress Representative, but few know of his contributions and life story. He continuously strove for quality in the lives of his family and community, integrating his civic, personal, and professional commitments from the time he came to this country in 1920.


Dalip Singh Saund: His Life, His Legacy tells the inspiring story of an ethical and passionate man who rose above prejudice and racism during one of this nation's most challenging times. In doing so, he achieved the American dream.

This new documentary short (36 minutes) is being shown at multiple locations in the San Francisco Bay Area in late April/early May. The film's producers will hold a Q&A after each screening.

 

Cost: Free 

 

For more information or updates to screening times, please contact us at DSSaundDoc@gmail.com.

Like our Facebook page for updates to screening events:

https://www.facebook.com/DalipSinghSaund

 

Calendar of Events


April 5, 2014, 1 p.m.:  Book Club -- Heirlooms:  Letters from a Peach Farmer
April 13, 2014, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.:  Volunteer Fair
April 23 - May 1, 2014:  Movie Screenings -- Dalip Singh Saund:  His Life, His Legacy
April 27, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.:  Kodomo No Hi
April 27, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.:  Vintage Sale
May 3, 2014, 1 p.m.:  After Camp:  Post-War Nisei Life and Politics
May 4, 2014, 2 p.m.:  Photo Workshop:  Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America

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

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