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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
July 2014
In This Issue
Emerging Research in Japanese American Studies
JA Filmmakers Part III
Book Club: Quiet Heroes
Volunteers Wanted
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

 

Active-duty military personnel and their families are encouraged to visit JAMsj free of charge year round. The museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. 

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Community Event Reminders:

San Jose Obon
Want to experience one of the largest Japanese American festivals in the Bay Area?  Stop by San Jose's Japantown at 640 North 5th Street on July 12th & 13th for food, games, performances and more!

For more information visit  www.sjbetsuin.com/obon/ 


2014 JACL Convention
Going to the 2014 Japanese American Citizens League's National Convention
in San Jose?
Don't forget to stop by the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel located at 2050 Gateway Place and say Hi at our booth from Wednesday, July 9th through Sunday, July 13th.
 
For more information and a schedule of convention events go to www.2014.jacl.org 
 
July 4th

JAMsj
wishes you a 
Happy 4th of July!

   The museum will be closed on July 4th. 
Scholar Presentations
 
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 researchers in Japanese American studies. The panelists, which includes a mix of graduate students and professors, will present core ideas from their research in this vital area.
  • DR. AMY SUEYOSHI, associate dean
    Dr. Amy Sueyoshi
    Photo by
    Mia Nakano
     
    of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, will talk about her latest book project-Sex Acts: Race, Leisure and Power in Turn-of-the- Century San Francisco. In the late 1890s, San Francisco was a place where men and women could configure their intimate lives in ways not permissible in other parts of America. Meanwhile,these new freedoms were less accessible to Asians in America. Sueyoshi will examine how, more than a hundred years ago, the white middle-class expansion of their gender and sexuality norms marked the beginning of an Asian American stereotype.
  • DR. TINA TAKEMOTO, associate
    Dr. Tina Takemoto
    professor at the California College of Arts (San Francisco),will present her artwork and archival research on Jiro Onuma, a gay Issei who was incarcerated at Topaz in central Utah. She will discuss "Looking for Jiro Onuma: Queer Perspectives on Wartime Incarceration," a presentation exploring the hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy  and queer sexuality for Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII.
  • TIM YAMAMURA, a doctoral candidate
    Tim Yamamura
    Photo by
    William Lee/
    Nichi Bei Weekly
     
    in literature at the University of
    California (Santa Cruz), will discuss "Imagining 'the Future' in Nikkei Literature: On the Intersections of Science Fiction and Japanese Diaspora Writing." This discussion will examine representations of "the future" in Nikkei literature in relation to the promises and perils of Japanese diaspora in the modern period. He will explore how the science fiction context of futurity has afforded writers a means to contest the conditions of Nikkei diaspora in war and war's wake.

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.

Summer Series in Film
 
JA Filmmakers Part III:
Non-Documentary Filmmakers

Saturday, July 26, 2014 
1:00 p.m. 

Japanese American Mus
eum of San Jose 
535 N. Fifth Street 
San Jose, CA  95112 
 
Our 2014 summer film series, JA Filmmakers, continues in July, as we feature contemporary filmmakers who are known for films outside of documentaries:
Koji Steven Sakai
  • KOJI STEVEN SAKAI has written four feature films:  Haunted Highway (2006), The People I've Slept With (2009), Monster & Me (2013), and Chink (2013). He also produced The People I've Slept With and Chink. Sakai is a member of the Writers Guild of America and is a graduate of USC's Masters of Professional Writing program. In addition, he has held several fellowships and won numerous writing awards.
  • Kerwin Berk
    KERWIN BERK is the founder of Ikeibi Films, a production company based in San Francisco that believes Asian Americans should tell their own stories in their own voices using their own talent. He is a freelance writer and independent filmmaker, known for his films The Virtues of Corned Beef Hash (2010) and Infinity and Chasiu Ramen (2012). In his previous life, Berk was a former print journalist who worked at newspapers and wire services for almost 20 years.
  • KERRY YO NAKAGAWA is the associate producer of the award-winning independent film American Pastime (2007). In addition,
    Kerry Yo Nakagawa
    he is an author,documentary filmmaker, and actor. His TV and film credits include Hill Street Blues, Matlock, Marcus Welby M.D., and 1,000 Pieces of Gold, as well as numerous Chuck Norris films. He is currently writing a gothic horror screenplay which he hopes to direct, produce, and star in.   

 

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.  

   
Book Club
 
Quiet Heroes -- A Century of
American Quakers' Love and
Help for the Japanese and Japanese Americans

by Tsukasa Sugimura 
 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 
1:00 p.m.

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

 

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) book club will meet Saturday, August 2, at 1:00 p.m. to discuss Quiet Heroes--A Century of American Quakers' Love and Help for the Japanese and Japanese Americans by Tsukasa Sugimura. Reading this book reveals life's values and gives pause to reflect upon one's own life. The Friends work quietly but have done much to support Japanese and Japanese Americans.

 

Books may be purchased at the museum store, whose hours are Thursday to Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact JAMsj at (408) 294-3138 or Aggie Idemoto, book club facilitator, at aggie@jamsj.org.

The book club is open to all and meets the first Saturday of every other month.
 
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
 
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


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

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