Category Archives: Feature Articles

Return to Heart Mountain

By Will Kaku The Heart Mountain concentration camp has always represented a critical turning point for my father’s family. As I had written in previous articles and speeches (links to some of these are below), Heart Mountain was the place … Continue reading

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The Importance of Japanese American Traditions

By  Susan Nakamura One of the goals of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) is to preserve the unique history of our ancestors for future generations and to share their accomplishments and hardships with others. Japanese Americans can … Continue reading

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Lost Words

The following year-end essay is written by Will Kaku, a JAMsj board member and an organizer for the San Jose Day of Remembrance program. By Will Kaku It has been said by many that writing letters is a lost art … Continue reading

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Q&A with Common Ground Exhibit Curators, Connie Young Yu and Leslie Masunaga

Connie Young Yu and Leslie Masunaga are JAMsj guest curators. They are currently working on the new JAMsj exhibit,  “Common Ground: Chinatown and Japantown, San Jose,” which will open in September of 2012. They sat down with interviewer, Nancy Yang, … Continue reading

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Heinlenville Exhibit Opens in September 2012

By Nancy Yang This September, guest curators Connie Young Yu and Leslie Masunaga will unveil a special exhibit, “Common Ground: Chinatown and Japantown, San Jose,” at JAMsj that focuses on the story of Heinlenville, San Jose’s last Chinatown. Yu is … Continue reading

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Juri Kameda Conquers All Odds and Lives Life to the Fullest

On Saturday, April 14, Juri Kameda jumped out of a plane to raise awareness and money and for the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Juri is a friend of JAMsj and her beautiful jewelry is sold in the museum’s store.  JAMsj … Continue reading

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Anniversary of infamy for American freedoms

Local journalist and writer Marty Cheek  has been a friend of JAMsj for many years.  Marty wrote the following article on the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. This article was originally published in the Gilroy Dispatch on February 24, … Continue reading

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