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Japanese American Museum of San Jose

July 2015
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Book Club: The Train to Crystal City
California Legacy Voice Network Workshop
Screening: White Light / Black Rain
Help Identify Heart Mountain Photos
Volunteer Wanted: JAMsj Editor
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The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II  

  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

1:00 p.m.

 

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 
 

The next meeting of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose's (JAMsj) book club will be to discuss Jan Jarboe Russell's book, The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II. Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called "quiet passage." During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners (Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants, as well as their American-born children) were exchanged for other, more important Americans-diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries-behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

 

Focusing her story on two American-born teenage girls who were interned, Russell uncovers the details of their years spent in the camp, the struggles of their fathers, their families' subsequent journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan, and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States. Although this little-known event in American history has long been kept quiet, The Train to Crystal City reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR's tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war.

 

Amazon already carries the book. Books will be available soon at the JAMsj museum store.

 

The book club meets at 1:00 p.m. the first Saturday of every other month at JAMsj. Meetings are open to the general public, and books are available for purchase at the museum store. Questions? Contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 294-3138 or aggie@jamsj.org.



Cost: Free with admission to the museum (nonmembers, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free).
No RSVP required.   
 Partnerships
  
California Legacy Voice Network: 2015 JAMsj Workshops 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

9:00 a.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 

 

The California Legacy Voice Network has developed a statewide system to train social studies professionals on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. It has scheduled three professional development workshops for teachers and administrators in Region 5 (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties) at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) in San Jose's Japantown. The free workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants sign up for one of the following remaining sessions:  

  • Saturday, August 8, 2015
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015

The workshops will be followed by lunch and a tour of the museum.

 

Special guest speakers include Karen Korematsu. The following four critical topics will be addressed:

  • California's assembly centers
  • The Japanese American internment
  • Fred Korematsu's story
  • The family stories of local Legacy Voices

Participants will receive the materials listed below to share with students and colleagues at their schools and school districts, thus preparing them to become legacy voices and to focus attention on the Japanese American internment experience:

  • The Japanese American Experience, Curriculum and Resource Guide from the Japanese American Citizens League
  • The Fred T. Korematsu teaching kit
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • Return to the Valley: The Japanese American Experience After WWII (DVD)
  • Educational resource CD from Densho (The Japanese American Legacy Project)
This program was funded by a grant from Japanese American Confinement Sites and is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, and JAMsj.




Cost: There is no cost for this event.
Contact info@jamsj.org (attention: Shirley Ota and Judy Tokubo) or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot. The deadline to register for the second workshop, August 8, is July 24. The deadline to register for the final workshop, October 10, is September 24.  

  

 Partnerships
  
White Light / Black Rain
 
Sunday, August 23, 2015

3:00 p.m.

TBD (San Jose Japantown)
RSVP once venue is confirmed (details below) 
    

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the devastating WWII atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the San Jose Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the South Bay Area Hiroshima Nikkei Jin Kai are teaming up to present a special free community screening of Steven Okazaki's award winning documentary White Light / Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, featuring interviews with fourteen Japanese survivors ("hibakusha") and four Americans involved in the bombings. A short program on the hibakusha will follow the screening. 

 

 

Cost: There is no cost for this event.
Seating is limited. Contact Komo at KomoEvents@gmail.com or (408) 418-6266 to reserve your spot.   

  

 Community Appeal
  
Help Identify Heart Mountain Photos

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
 

 

Patti Hirahara, administrator of the Hirahara family collection, is looking for help in identifying babies, individuals, groups, and family photographs taken by her grandfather, George Hirahara, and father, Frank C. Hirahara, during WWII. These remarkable photographs were taken and processed in the Heart Mountain relocation camp from 1943 to 1945.

 

Tomiko Aoyama of San Francisco, in the hat, poses with friends for a group photo at the Heart Mountain Vocation Station Depot before her departure in 1943. Friends include her brother WRA photographer Bud, sister Miyuki, mother Ito Aoyama, George and Koto Hirahara, Roy Kito of Fugetsu-do Confectionery, and brother Masao Aoyama.
Photo credit: George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections 

 

The Hirahara family collection of more than 2,000 Heart Mountain photos has been donated to Hirahara's father's alma mater, Washington State University. She has left two, 3-ring binders of photos with identification sheets and will be adding a third shortly, which represents only a small portion of the collection, here at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) for people to look through. 

 

Class picture of the Heart Mountain High School Eighth Grade -- Four Homeroom taken in 1944. In the first row on the end is Albert Handa, father of NBC Bay Area's Robert Handa. 
Photo credit: George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection, Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

 

Hirahara lives in Anaheim, California, and would be happy to talk with any family members about the photos. She can be emailed at hiraharacollect@aol.com or reached by phone at (714) 392-2103 for more information. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by to see if you recognize anyone in the photos. Identifying as many faces as possible would deeply personalize the devastating experience that more 120,000 Japanese Americans endured as a result of Executive Order 9066.

 

The photo binders of the yet-to-be-identified Heart Mountain incarcerees will be kept in the JAMsj library. Viewing hours will be on Fridays, from 12 to 4 p.m. Viewing is also available by appointment by emailing jamsjlibrary@gmail.com or by calling (408) 294-3138.  

  

 Volunteer Wanted
 

Calendar of Events


August 1, 2015:        Book Club: The Train to Crystal City
August 8, 2015:        California Legacy Voice Network Teacher Workshop
August 23, 2015:      Screening: White Light / Black Rain: The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

For more information about our public programs, please contact PublicPrograms@JAMsj.org or call (408) 294-3138.

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