JAMsj E-News
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
February 2016
In This Issue
Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History Exhibit
Book Club: Schools Behind Barbed Wire
San Jose Day of Remembrance
Valley of the Heart World Premiere
Hawaiian Theme JAMsj Fundraiser
California Legacy Voice Workshop
Tohoku 2016 Series
Suzume No Gakko 40th Anniversary
Calendar of Events
Quick Links
 Hapa Japanese American History Exhibit
Visible & Invisible:
A Hapa Japanese American History

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

Sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California (JCCNC) 
New exhibit coming to JAMsj in March.... 
Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History
Did you know that the first Nisei was mixed race?
Did you know that by the 2020 census, the majority of Japanese Americans will be multiracial/multiethnic?
Photo courtesy of Cindy Nakashima. 
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. Through photos, historical artifacts, videos, and visual art, this exhibit explores the diverse and complex history of the mixed-race and mixed-roots Japanese American experience, both locally and beyond.
The original Visible & Invisible exhibit was a collaboration between the Hapa Japan Database Project, the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, and the Japanese American National Museum, and showed at JANM in 2013.

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 Hapa exhibit opening will be held in March, 2016. Stay tuned for more information and details!
A private reception for JAMsj donors, members, volunteers and their guests will be held on Saturday morning, March 19th, 2016.

There is no cost for this event.
Contact PublicPrograms@jamsj.org or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot. The person making the reservation will need to be associated with JAMsj. 

 Book Club

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.

 Day of Remembrance
 San Jose Day of Remembrance

Sunday, February 14, 2016 
5:30 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m.

Morris Dailey Auditorium
San Jose State University 
JAMsj curator Jimi Yamaichi revisits Uchida Hall in 2015, 73 years after he entered the same gymnasium prior to his imprisonment in a Japanese American internment camp.
The 36th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance will take place on February 14, 2016, at a historically significant venue, Yoshihiro Uchida Hall at San Jose State University. The hall is the same location where Japanese Americans were processed before they were forcibly sent to detention centers at the end of May, 1942. The Day of Remembrance program will start at Morris Dailey Auditorium and the program will conclude with a solemn candlelight procession to Uchida Hall. Inside the Uchida Hall, JAMsj curator, Jimi Yamaichi, will recount what happened in the hall's gymnasium 74 years ago and the tumultuous events that surrounded the forced removal of several thousand Japanese Americans in the San Jose area.

Cost: There is no cost for this event.

For more information: 
email info@sjnoc.org.
Valley of the Heart World Premiere!

Valley of the Heart
Play and Q&A Session
Event Dates:  February 10 -- March 6, 2016

San Jose Stage Company
490 S. First Street
San Jose, CA  95113

Famed playwright, director and producer Luis Valdez's has written a sweeping epic and love story, Valley of the Heart, deeply rooted in the fertile Santa Clara Valley of 1941. It illustrates the ironic divide between America's ideals and its actions in what the San Jose Mercury News says is a "multicultural touchstone," and of which the Los Angeles Times says, "We need memory plays as powerful as this one... a quintessentially California play, written by a master of the genre."

Opening in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor, the Yamaguchis and the Montanos are two immigrant families struggling to provide a future for their American-born children after the Great Depression. After the families' oldest children, Benjamin and Teruko, fall in love, the emotional stakes are further heightened when the Japanese attack Hawaii on December 7, 1941, throwing both families into uncertainty. The plot thickens after 100,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in desolated camps away from the coast by the U.S. government. Issues of loyalty and patriotism provoke both rebellion and heroism among young, imprisoned Japanese Americans while both Benjamin and Teruko fight to maintain their dignity, identity, family, and love in the face of war, fear, and separation.

The CATS/JAMsj/JACL Matinee and Q&A on February 20th Play is SOLD OUT. Tickets can be purchased for other showings by visiting the San Jose Stage website: 
JAMsj Fundraiser

To purchase event presale tickets,
click here

 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
Save the Date
Tohoku 2016 Series

March, April, May and June 2016

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA  95112 
JAMsj is hosting a series of events starting in March 2016 "The Tohoku Series 2016-"Remember Tohoku" to share the rich history, culture, art and flavors of the region. This year signifies the fifth year anniversary since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami devastated the region. The intent is to use various events to expand awareness of the area and encourage tourism to Tohoku. 
  • Tohoku "Run 311" (Around the World)
  • Tohoku Series "Remembering Tohoku" (JAMsj)
    • Sunday, March 13, 2016 4:00PM-6:00PM
    • Before, After and Now Images of Tohoku
    • Created by the Darrell Miho and the Los Gatos High School Japanese Class
    • Live Q&A with the owner of Shiraishi Farms in Iwaki, Fukushima
  • Tohoku Series "JazzKatsu" (Wesley UMC/JAMsj)
    • Saturday, April 16, 2016 2:00PM-4:30PM
    • Fundraiser for Tohoku
    • Enjoy great Jazz and Tonkatsu at Wesley United Methodist Church/JAMsj
    • http://www.jazzkatsu.org/
  • Tohoku Series "Stories from Tohoku" "Talk/Meet the Author (JAMsj)
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 1:00PM-3:00PM
    • "Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye"
    • Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett
      • Book Review
      • Review History of Tohoku
      • Differences in the Region

Cost and RSVP will vary upon event. Stay tuned for more information about each event!
Save the Date
Please Save the Date
For Suzume no Gakko's 40th Anniversary Dinner
"Celebrating Our Legacy"
When: Saturday October 8th, 2016 from 5:30p.m.
Where: The Fairmont Fourth Street Summit Center- 88 S. 4th St., San Jose, CA 95112
Celebrate 40 Years of Suzume no Gakko
Honor Our Founding Members 
For more details, please visit suzumenogakko.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/suzumenogakko40thanniversary/

Calendar of Events

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
February 10 through March 6, 2016:     Valley of the Heart Play and Q&A
March 5, 2016:           JAMsj Fundraiser:  "Let's Go Hawaiian"
March 12, 2016:         California Legacy Voice Network Workshop
March, April, May and June:  Tohoku Series 2016
October 8, 2016:        Suzume No Gakko 40th Anniversary Dinner

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
Email: mail@jamsj.org