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Please support research on Japanese Americans (for free!) by spreading this survey!

So, I know we updated with a post saying we would update more regularly over the summer. Unfortunately, that has not yet happened, and for that I apologize. HOWEVER, the reason I have not been posting much is because I received a summer research fellowship (roughly 30 hours/week) to support a study on Japanese Americans, assimilation, and identity.

Long story short, if you are Japanese American, please take this relatively short, 10-minute survey! If you are not, please spread the word about this survey to help research on Japanese Americans! A summary of my research is on the first page.

Click here for the survey!

Need some convincing? Following are two (somewhat less esoteric) summaries of my research–one for those of you who don’t want to read too much (a short version), and one for those of you who do (a long version)!

The Short Version:
Essentially, I am researching how Japanese Americans assimilate (or become more “Americanized”), and how where they live may or may not factor into that process. My goal is to contribute to a better understanding of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans over several generations. Part of my research requires surveying/interviewing Japanese Americans. This is where you come in! If you are Japanese American (yes, being part Japanese counts), please take the time to fill out my relatively short survey. It should take you around 10 minutes. If you are not Japanese American, please help spread the survey around! Thanks for your help!

Click here for the survey!

The Long Version:
Specifically, my research project involves mapping Japanese American populations in and around current Little Tokyos/Japantowns spanning several decades (currently I have all the population information for all counties in CA from every census since 1880), as well as a literature review and (you guessed it!) interviews and surveys conducted on Japanese Americans. I, along with my faculty mentor, hope to expand the existing literature and form a better understanding of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans, as well as deconstruct the idea of the “perpetual foreigner” by exploring not just the first three generations of Japanese Americans, but also the 4th and 5th generations to see how assimilation patterns may differ from those of their predecessors. This survey is one of the ways in which we are collecting data for the project. If you are Japanese American (yes, part Japanese does count), please take the time to fill out this relatively short survey! It should take about 10 minutes. If you are not Japanese American, please help spread the survey to your Japanese American friends! Thanks so much for your help!

Click here for the survey!

REMEMBER: IT’S FOR (social) SCIENCE! Also, I will be eternally grateful!

Thank you for following us, faithful readers! We will get back on the right posting track soon!


Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration – Redwood City, 2/4/12

Redwood City Lunar New Year Festival

“Join us for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, Kids Arts & Zodiac Themed Crafts, Food, Inflatable Playland & More! FREE!

The San Mateo County Historical Museum program will include:

* Free Admission to the History Museum (All day) Children’s Crafts in the Rotunda will include activities such as a miniature dragon kites and lucky red envelopes,
* Listen to the Erhu – traditional Chinese version of the violin, performed by Ms. Mei Xuan, an Erhu virtuoso
* Short talk given by Mr. Nan Su, New Tang Dynasty TV (Channel 32) news commentator.
* Chinese Classical Arts presentation”

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM


Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2012/01/#08

Kotohajime: The First Performance of the New Year – 1/8/12, LA


“The JACCC celebrates the Year of the Dragon with Hatsu-Kaze (First Wind), an artistic journey through Western and Eastern performing arts and traditions curated by the creative vision of Hirokazu Kosaka, Artistic Director of the JACCC.

Join the JACCC on this fascinating New Year Celebration featuring performances by the Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy & Performing Arts School, The Professional Training Program students of The Colburn School’s The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, and Nagautaby Katada Kikusa, Jyorokusho Kineya and Yasoyo Kineya II.

The ritual shooting of the arrow – a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.”

  • WHERE: JACCC Plaza
    244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 1pm
  • MORE INFO: http://jaccc.org/kotohajime.php

Talk & Demonstration: Origami Fast Forward – 1/7/12, SF

Origami Odyssey

“Origami’s not what it used to be. Here’s your chance to learn what’s new about this ancient art from one of the world’s best-known origami artists and scholars. A frequent exhibitor at galleries and museums and the author of three acclaimed books, Peter Engel draws his subject matter from the worlds of nature, mythology, and play. Inspired equally by the minimalist Japanese arts of calligraphy, brush painting, and Zen garden design and by contemporary developments in art and science, Engel captures the essence of his subjects in compositions that are evocative, abstract, and strikingly modern.

Families can stop by anytime to meet the artist, see his latest designs, purchase signed copies of his books in the museum store, and participate in hands-on paperfolding led by museum volunteers. Engel will also conduct thirty minute slide presentations at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm to share his design secrets and reflect on the artistic, scientific, and philosophical ideas that have given new life to this traditional art form.”

26th Annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony – 12/31/11, SF

Bell Ringing Ceremony

Bell ringing is first come, first served, so you may want to get there early!

“9:30–11:30 am: Bell Ringing for Asian Art Museum Members
10:00 am–3:00 pm: Art Activities
11:30 am: Bell Ringing Ceremony

Say goodbye to 2011 with family and friends by taking a swing at a giant temple bell!
Bring your loved ones to the Asian Art Museum and literally “ring in” the New Year, Japanese-style.

Everyone is invited to participate in the auspicious Japanese tradition of striking a temple bell. This popular event offers the community a memorable opportunity to reflect peacefully upon the passing year.

As in past observances, a 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell originally from a temple in Tajima Province in Japan and now part of the museum’s collection will be struck 108 times with a large custom-hewn log. According to Japanese custom, this symbolically welcomes the New Year and curbs the 108 bonno (mortal desires) which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind.

It is hoped that with each reverberation the bad experiences, wrong deeds, and ill luck of the past year will be wiped away. Thus, tolling heralds the start of a joyous, fresh New Year.

Zen Buddhist priest Gengo Akiba Roshi will conduct a blessing and begin the bell ringing. Akiba Roshi is director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North American office. He is also a Zen teacher at Oakland’s Kojin-an Zendo.

Hands-on art activities are offered in the education studios to entertain families while waiting for their turn at the bell.”

  • WHERE: Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister Streets)
    San Francisco, CA 94102
  • WHEN: Saturday, 12/31/11, 9:30–11:30 am: Bell Ringing for Asian Art Museum Members
    10:00 am–3:00 pm: Art Activities
    11:30 am: Bell Ringing Ceremony
  • HOW MUCH: Museum admission; All children 12 and under FREE
  • MORE INFO: http://www.asianart.org/bellringing.htm

Mochitsuki Workshops – 12/29/11-12/30/11, SF

Mochitsuki Workshops


Join the JCCCNC and Mr. Yamada-san in our annual mochitsuki workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to watch Mr. Yamada transform hot cooked rice into mochi and then have the opportunity to make their own mochi balls to take home just in time for the new year! …

Thursday-Friday, December 29-30, 2011
(Dates and times subject to change)

Shift 1: 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 2: 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 3: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 4: 5:15 – 5:45 p.m. (Thursday and Friday)
Shift 5: 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Thursday only)

Location: JCCCNC
Fees: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members,

Children under 5 years of age are FREE.

For more info and to sign up, please call Jennifer Hamamoto at (415) 567-5505.”

  • WHERE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
    1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • WHEN: Thursday and Friday, 12/29/11 and 12/30/11, 3-6:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $12 JCCCNC members/$17 non-members; children under 5 years of age are FREE.
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/events/149127401861079/

Japanese Butoh – 6 week dance series starting 1/5/12, Oakland

“Learn and explore fundamentals of Butoh with Judith Kajiwara, Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s 2011/2012 Artist in Resident. Butoh is a slow-motion, focused improvisational dance form that originated in Tokyo, Japan in the late 1950’s.

Each class will focus on a specific element of Butoh dance. You’ll increase your capacity to express from your inner awareness as you work individually and in an ensemble. Wear comfy, loose clothing and be prepared to dance in bare feet.

EVERYONE regardless of age or ability is welcome, and will be taught in a comfortable space that honors everyone’s dance.”

  • WHERE: 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607
  • WHEN: Thursdays from Jan 5 – Feb 9, 2012, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • HOW MUCH: $60 per person for the entire series
  • MORE INFOhttp://www.oacc.cc/programs/classes.html

Sora and the Cloud Book Release Party – SF, 12/10/11

Sora and the Cloud

“Please join us in celebrating the release of Felicia Hoshino’s latest children’s book, “Sora and the Cloud” with a bilingual book reading and signing.

December 10, 2011
2:30 pm -4:30 pm
… Free and Open to the Pubic
Call us at 415-567-5505, email programsevents@jcccnc.org to RSVP.

Up in a tree a friendly cloud awaits! Hopping aboard, Sora and the Cloud share a breath-taking adventure in the sky. Birds, kites and fireworks whirl by, as Sora connects his past experiences with the present.

This wonderful flight of fancy is created in Hoshino’s evocative style of mixed media. Plus the Japanese translation, by Akiko Hisa highlights empowering themes of self-discovery and cultural exchange.

Light refreshments will be served.”

  • WHERE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
    1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • WHEN: Saturday, 12/10/11, 2:30-4:30pm
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/events/136755986427313/

Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema, Screening and/or Brunch Reception – LA, 12/4/11

Dawn of APA Cinema

“Join us for a special brunch reception honoring Visual Communications’ founding members Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong, who will be joined by VC mainstay Alan Kondo, at the Chop Suey Café in Historic Los Angeles Little Tokyo on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 starting at 11:00 AM. Then, join us and our guests as we screen a selection of newly-restored Visual Communications classics as part of our special program Community Visionaries: Visual Communications and the Dawn of Asian Pacific American Cinema, at the Downtown Independent starting at 2:00 PM.

Community Visionaries will feature a selection of groundbreaking Visual Communications “classics,” all restored through the Academy Archives and presented here in brand-new 16mm film prints. Additionally, Visual Communications founders Duane Kubo, Robert Nakamura, Alan Ohashi, and Eddie Wong will be joined by VC mainstay Alan Kondo to share with the audience their experiences producing community-based media for a “back-yard” project that evolved into a revered community and national institution.”

Films to be screened:
Wong Sinsaang (1971, 16mm, b/w, sound, 12min.)
Directed by Eddie Wong

Manzanar (1971, 16mm, color, sound, 14min.)
Directed by Robert Nakamura

City City (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 11min.)
Directed by Donna Deitch and Duane Kubo

I Told You So (1974, 16mm, b/w, sound, 18min.)
Directed by Alan Kondo

Cruisin’ J-Town (1975, 16mm, color, sound, 22min.)
Directed by Duane Kubo