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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
June 2014
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Book Club -- The Principled Politician: The Ralph Carr Story
JA Filmmakers Part II
Volunteers Wanted
Emerging Research in Japanese American Studies
Grandparent's Day
Calendar of Events
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Free Entry to JAMsj for Military Personnel

 

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), along with museums throughout the country, is participating in the Blue Star Museum program, offering military personnel and their families complimentary admission to the museum this summer. 

"This is JAMsj's way to thank the men and women who serve in the United States military to defend our country. Museum exhibits showcase the heroics of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service," notes Aggie Idemoto, JAMsj president.

Active-duty military personnel and their families are encouraged to visit JAMsj free of charge from Memorial Day weekend, May 24, through Labor Day, September 2, 2014. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. 

 
Book Club
 
The Principled Politician:  The Ralph Carr Story


     

Saturday, June 7, 2014

1:00 p.m. 

 

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. 5th Street

San Jose, CA 

 

Negative press was nothing new for Colorado governor Ralph Carr, a rare breed of politician who held his ground against popular opinion and was ahead of the curve in championing civil rights. Serving as governor during the anti-Japanese hysteria of WWII, Carr surprised and angered legions of voters -- and faced threats of impeachment -- when he became the only political leader in the country to champion the constitutional rights of Japanese Americans and welcome them to his state. 

Also meet the author, Adam Schrager, via Skype.

 

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.

Summer Film Series
 
JA Filmmakers Part II:
Documentary Filmmakers


Sunday, June 22, 2014 
(two programs -- see below)

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. 5th Street 
San Jose, CA  95112

Our 2014 summer film series, JA Filmmakers, kicked off in May with "Visioning Asian America," a retrospective on the work of Duane Kubo. In June, we offer two back-to-back programs featuring Japanese American documentary filmmakers. And in July, we will feature contemporary filmmakers who are known for films that are not documentaries.

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1:00 p.m.

 

Documentary Filmmakers Panel

 

This program features a panel of Japanese American Bay Area documentary filmmakers:

 

  • DIANNE FUKAMI is a San Francisco native and former news executive at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Her latest film, Stories From Tohoku , has been making the film festival circuit and was featured last month on PBS. Other documentary film projects have included Separate Lives: Broken Dreams (1994); Emmy-nominated documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act), several documentaries on the Japanese American experience for PBS (KCSM-TV), and The Spirit of Taiko (2005).
  • EMIKO OMORI is an-award winning cinematographer and director who has worked on more than 20 films, including several award-winning documentaries. Her films include Rabbit in the Moon (1999), Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm (2007), and Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (2010). In 2000, Rabbit in the Moon, won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Historical Programming."
  •  YURIKO GAMO ROMER is a graduate of Stanford University's masters program in documentary filmmaking. Her most recent documentary is Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful (2012), featuring Keiko Fukuda, the highest-ranking woman in judo history. Romer's other films include Occidental Encounters (1998; award-winning film about mixed marriages) and the short historical animation Friend Ships (about Manjiro, one of five Japanese fishermen found by an American whaling ship in 1841).    
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Rabbit in the Moon cover art.

2:30 p.m.

 

Rabbit in the Moon

(film screening with filmmaker)

 

The documentary filmmakers panel will be followed by a special screening of the Emmy Award- winning documentary Rabbit in the Moon, a documentary/memoir about the Omori family's confinement in an American WWII concentration camp. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; was broadcast on POV; and has won numerous other awards, including a National Emmy.

 

A Q&A session with producer/director Emiko Omori will follow the screening.    

 

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

 

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

  

 

Volunteers Wanted
 
Public Programs
Day of Event Set-up/Clean-up
Crew 
 

Do you enjoy coming to our public programs? Want to help out? We are looking for additional volunteers to join our day-of-event set-up/clean-up crew for public programs.

  • Volunteer as often or as little as you want; sign-up is on a program-by-program basis.  Pick the ones you are interested in and/or answer the call for help when we are short on volunteers -- your choice.
  • Most programs are on the weekend and tend to start at 1pm; the set-up/clean-up crew usually works from 11:00/11:30 a.m. to 3:00/3:30 p.m.
  • Take a break while the program is in session, or stay and enjoy it as part of the audience.
  • Get an official JAMsj volunteer polo shirt!
  • Make new friends and expand your knowledge of Japanese American history, culture, and art.
  • Want to do more? Other types of volunteer opportunities are also available.
Support our museum by volunteering your time. Our public programs help to expand our reach and share the Japanese American experience with a wider audience.

For more information, please contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org
 
Scholar Presentations

SAVE THE DATE 
Emerging Research in Japanese American Studies

Saturday, July 12, 2014 
1:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose 
535 N. Fifth Street 
San Jose, CA  95112 
   
JAMsj is excited to host our second annual panel of scholars doing core research in Japanese American studies.  This year's program includes a mix of professors and advanced graduate students.

 

Our 2014 line-up is expected to include:  

  • DR. AMY SUEYOSHI
    Associate Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies
    San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
  • DR. TINA TAKEMOTO
    Associate Professor
    California College of Arts (San Francisco, CA)
  • TIM YAMAMURA
    Doctoral Candidate, Literature Department  
    University of California, Santa Cruz

Note:  The participant list may be adjusted as the date approaches. Please check our website (www.JAMsj.org) for the latest information.

 

 
Cost: Free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).
 
Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot.

Kids Cultural Event

SAVE THE DATE 
Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, JAMsj and Lotus Preschool are teaming up to bring you a fun-filled day of cultural activities for kids and their grandparents, including:

  • Kamishibai (story-telling)
  • Photo Shoot
  • Jan-Ken-Po Tournament
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Coloring Fun
  • Traditional Japanese Toys and Children's Games
    ...and more! 
Please come and enjoy this special event with your grandkids!


For more information, contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org.  

Calendar of Events


June 7, 2014, 1 p.m.: Book Club -- The Principled Politician:  The Ralph Carr Story
June 22, 2014, 1 p.m.:  JA Filmmakers Part II -- Documentary Filmmakers Panel
June 22, 2014, 2:30 p.m.:  JA Filmmakers Part II -- film screening of Rabbit in the Moon
July 12, 2014, 1 p.m.:  Emerging Research in Japanese American Studies
September 7, 2014:  Grandparent's Day

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

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