JAMsj Open House & Living Museum Tours

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Community Event

Sep 201512
12:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. FIFTH street
San jose, California, 95112
United States

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Japantown San Jose, JAMsj will be hosting an open house with free admission and featuring Living Museum Tours.

1:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers

  • Curt Fukuda, co-author of San Jose Japantown: A Journey , showcasing 125 years of Japantown history
  • Connie Young Yu, author of Chinatown San Jose, USA , highlighting Heinlenville Chinatown before Japantown (1887  to 1930s)
  • Robert Ragsac, local Filipino American community historian for the Filipino American community (1920 to 1940s in Japantown)
  • Duane Kubo, award-winning film maker and retired dean at De Anza College, p resentation on J-Town Community TV and resources on Japantown history

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Additional Speakers

  • Living History Exhibit Docents--hear first-hand accounts of Japantown and Japanese American history, including stories about the WWII internment and the fight for redress, the experience of Japanese American veterans, farm life in Santa Clara Valley, and stories about old Japantown
  • Informally talk with people such as:

    • Kats Hikido, 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran

    • Art Shibayama, former Peruvian internee at Crystal City Justice Department camp

    • Jimi Yamaichi, farming expert and Tule Lake resister

    • Susan Hayase, redress activist and vice chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund

    • Tom Graves, author of Twice Heroes: America's Nisei Veterans of WWII and Korea

Cost: There is no cost for this event.
RSVP: No RSVP required. For more information about our open house, contact Steve Fugita at ssfugita@yahoo.com or Tom Izu at izutom@deanza.edu .



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