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Japanese American Museum of San Jose

December 2014
In This Issue
San Jose Japantown: A Journey book
Support JAMsj
Book Club: From Internment, to Korea, to Solitude
Oshogatsu
New Exhibit: Twice Heroes Share their Stories
Calendar of Events
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Just in Time for the Holidays

    

San Jose Japantown: A Journey is now available for purchase at the JAMsj museum store. Come by the museum, leaf through the book, and experience a walk through the past. You are bound to recognize many places and friends in the more than 500 photos.

 

One of the guest speakers at the official launch of the book on Saturday, November 29, 2014, the honorable Judge Paul Bernal (official historian of San Jose) stated, "I have just finished reading your new Japantown book. Outstanding. Images are beautiful. Text is wonderful. Layout is stunning. Binding and quality is Cadillac. A first-class book. You should be very proud. Best book in decades. Congratulations!"

 

This book would make a great and unique gift for the holidays. Happy holidays to all!

Donations
  
Supported by You 

JAMsj is primarily supported by your donations, memberships, and volunteerism. With no paid staff, our volunteers' time and dedication allow 100% of your financial contributions to sustain operations, exhibit expansions, and community service.

 

JAMsj's presence and influence in the community depend on your generosity. Please consider JAMsj when making your holiday charitable gift giving. JAMsj is a non-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. If you have recently donated, we thank you for your continued generous support.

Donations can be made online or by mailing in the donation form. For more information, contact donate@jamsj.org or visit our website. 
Book Club
 
From Internment, to Korea, to Solitude
 Saturday, January 3, 2015 
1:00 p.m.

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

Book Club will meet on January 3 to discuss Robert Wada's book From Internment, to Korea, to Solitude. This book is a memoir of Robert M. Wada, a Nisei child of a WWII Japanese American internment camp and later a Marine Corps soldier during the Korean War. Wada's memoir carries us into the world of WWII Japanese American internment camps, discrimination, and tragedies that befall him as a young Marine fighting for his country during the Korean War. This is a story about struggle and loss of hope, followed by new purpose and faith.

 

The Book Club meets at 1:00 p.m. the first Saturday of every other month at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj). Meetings are open to the general public, and books are available for purchase at the museum store. Questions? Contact Aggie Idemoto (408.294-3138 or aggie@jamsj.org).

 

 

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

No RSVP required.

 

Save the Date
  
Oshogatsu

 
Sunday, January 11, 2015 
11:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112
 
 
Come celebrate the new year at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) as we host a special day of cultural activities:
  • Japanese calligraphy (shodō) for beginners of all ages
  • Origami (the art of paper folding)
  • Haiku writing (a form of Japanese poetry with 17 syllables)
  • Fukuwarai (traditional Japanese New Year's game similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey)
  • Coloring fun
  • Kids craft

Bring the whole family -- there's something here for everyone! 

 

  

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.

 

New Exhibit
  
Twice Heroes and More

January 17 through June 2015

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

The Museum's upcoming exhibit, opening Saturday, January 17, 2015, honors the veterans who fought for America while their own families were interned during WWII. Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea, is the work of San Francisco photographer and writer Tom Graves, who spent more than a decade collecting portraits and conducting interviews of Japanese American veterans. The Twice Heroes and More exhibit featuring San Jose and Bay Area veterans will be on display through June 2015.

 

Veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, Military Intelligence Service, and 442nd Regimental Combat Team shared their experiences in lengthy interviews. "Tom Graves' interviews of the Nisei reveal their patriotism, honor and pride as a people. Vividly honest and deeply moving," says Rich DeNoyer, former VFW Commander-in-Chief. Graves interviewed hundreds of veterans all over the country and selected local Nisei vets for this exhibit.

 

Tom Graves 
Each veteran tells his or her story of the challenges of internment and the decision to serve in spite of our country's unconstitutional acts. Together, the interviews relate the veterans' own experiences growing up in an openly prejudiced America and fighting for their country, only to find out upon their return that little had changed despite their accomplishments and sacrifices.  

  

Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea, is available at the museum store. 

 

Calendar of Events


January 3, 2014:    Book Club:  From Internment, to Korea, to Solitude
January 11, 2015:  Oshogatsu
January 17, 2015:  Twice Heroes Exhibit Opening

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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