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Japanese American Museum of San Jose
January 2016
In This Issue
New Exhibit Submissions
Scapegoating Panel
Fred T. Korematsu Day
Book Club: Schools Behind Barbed Wire
California Legacy Voice Workshop
Calendar of Events
Quick Links
 Happy New Year
Happy New Year from all of us at JAMsj

 Request for Family Photos
Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 
Submissions for Diverse JA Family Photos
& Selfies for JAMsj Exhibit

Photo courtesy of Cindy Nakashima. 
Do you or your family represent a diverse and multifaceted JA identity? Our upcoming exhibit at JAMsj, Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History, are looking for family photos and/or self-portraits to be included in our display for local JA families. We are sure many pictures were taken over the holidays. Be sure to submit photos by January 10th, 2016 at hapa.jamsj@gmail.com to be included in the exhibit.

Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce
of Northern California (JCCNC)
New Exhibit Coming to JAMsj in February....
Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History

Did you know that the first Nisei were mixed race?
Did you know that by the 2020 census, the majority of Japanese Americans will be multiracial/multiethnic?  
In Visible & Invisible:  A Hapa Japanese American History we explore a version of Japanese American history that highlights the presence and the experiences of mixed race/ethnic families and individuals, from the earliest pioneers, to the present day community. 
Curated by Cindy Nakashima and Fred Liang, with participation from San Jose area families, come and learn more about the dynamic and diverse nature of Japanese America in this exciting exhibit!

The soft opening for this exhibit will take place on February 4, 2016.

Private Reception for JAMsj Members, Volunteers and their guests: February, 2016.

In addition to having people email photos to hapa.jamsj@gmail.com address, you can also submit photos to the Facebook event and/or tag your Facebook photos with the hashtags #hapajamsj and #jamsj

 Scapegoating Panel
 Stand Up Against Scapegoating and Hate Mongering!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 
7:00 p.m.

Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 
Please join the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the San Jose Japanese American (JA) community at a panel discussion regarding civil liberties.  It is especially important to discuss these issues because of the recent escalation of xenophobia and of anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the attacks on Paris.  The debate over Syrian refugees, as well as the mass shooting in San Bernardino, have also added to the atmosphere of heightened tensions.

The panel discussion includes the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) chapters from San Jose, Silicon Valley, and Sequoia; Asian Law Alliance; Nihonmachi Outreach Committee; and the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the ACLU.

As highlighted in the national debate, JAs have found that the WWII exclusion and incarceration have become a touchstone for both good and evil.  For example, Jay Inslee, governor of Washington, will not close doors to refugees because of the terrible experience that his state witnessed when JAs were forcibly removed from Bainbridge Island. On the flip side, the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, has cited the exclusion and incarceration of JAs to be the model for how to look at Syrian refugees. Similarly, Donald Trump has proposed a mandatory registration of Muslims in the United States.
We would like to make sure that our community, having experienced the WWII internment, makes it clear that we oppose the scapegoating and hate mongering that now threaten more thoughtful discourse.
Cost: There is no cost for this event.
For more information:  Richard Konda 408-287-9710

Fred T. Korematsu Day
 Book Club
 Schools Behind Barbed Wire

Saturday, February 6, 2016
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 discuss Karen Riley's book, Schools Behind Barbed Wire. This book tells the story of the boys and girls who had to grow up in the Crystal City internment camp and spent the WWII years attending one of its three schools. Drawn from personal interviews and multiple, primary source materials, this is the first book to recount the experiences of Japanese American internee school children.
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).
RSVP: No RSVP required.
 California Legacy Voice Network: 2016 JAMsj Workshops

Saturday, March 12, 2016
9:00 a.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 
The California Legacy Voice Network has scheduled a professional development workshop 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 workshop will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., including lunch and a museum tour. JAMsj is one of eight regions in California collaborating to promote awareness of the WWII concentration camps. 
Guest speakers Karen Korematsu and others will address four critical areas:
  • California's assembly centers
  • The Japanese American internment
  • Fred Korematsu's story
  • The family stories of local Legacy Voices
Participants will receive materials to share with students and colleagues at their schools and school districts, thus preparing them to become Legacy Voices. This Japanese American Confinement Sites grant is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, and JAMsj.
Pre-registration for the March 12 workshop is due March 4, 2016.
E-mail Address:
Phone (home):
Phone (cell):
School/Grade Level:
School District:
If retired, district and grade level:
Send registration information to:

Email: info@jamsj.org, attention Shirley Ota and Judy Tokubo

Address: JAMsj at 535 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112

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 this final workshop, March 12, is March 4
Calendar of Events

January 12, 2016:       Scapegoating Panel
January 30, 2016:       JAMsj Korematsu Day and Teacher Workshop
February 4, 2016:       Visible & Invisible Exhibit Soft Opening
February 6, 2016:       Book Club:  Schools Behind Barbed Wires
February 14, 2016:     San Jose Day of Remembrance
March 5, 2016:           JAMsj Fundraiser:  "Let's Go Hawaiian"
March 12, 2016:         California Legacy Voice Network Workshop

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

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Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: (408) 294-3138
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