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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!

-Eileen

Chinatown Community Street Fair – 2/11/12-2/12/12, SF

Chinatown Community Street Fair

“Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. Traditional and modern entertainment perform on the main stage thoughout both days. Enjoy colorful folk dance from throughout Asia, acrobats, lion dancing, and magic demonstrations. Attendance at the two day fair is about 500,000. Come be a part of all the fun and magic as well as the incredible “Block of Fortune””

Year of the Dragon Celebration at Asian Art Museum – SF, 2/5/12

“Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon with students of the Chinese American International School (CAIS) presenting Chinese classical music and dances from Chinese ethnic minorities, ending with a playful lion dance arranged by the students. The lion dance is an important part of every New Year celebration and is believed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright new beginning. Hunt for dragons in the galleries; listen to dragon stories; make a dragon paper cut, a Year of the Dragon button to wear, or rub on a temporary tattoo featuring the animals from the museum’s collection.”

SF Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration – 1/29/12, SF

SF Zoo

“Looking for family-fun activities that everyone will enjoy for the Chinese New Year? Then check out Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Zoo on Sunday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To commemorate the Year of the Dragon, Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Zoo features interactive, culturally-themed family entertainment for all ages. Come see Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks and more.

Zoo visitors can also take a self-guided Zodiac tour through the Zoo. This fun-filled scavenger hunt adventure will lead guests to the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Plus, everyone who completes the Zodiac tour will receive a lucky red envelope with a surprise inside.

The Zoo’s Chinese New Year festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Zoo’s Event Tent. Activities and entertainment at the Zoo’s Chinese New Year celebration is free with paid admission. However, guests born in the Year of the Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012) will receive free Zoo admission to the event.”

Chapbook Making with Debbie Yee, SF, 2/6/12 and 2/13/12

“Hallmark Card Shmallmark Card! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how to screen print and bind your original love poems, short story or other-content chapbooks in multiples.

In two sessions, workshop participants will learn the skills and access equipment to produce hand-bound, screen-printed chapbooks using tabletop Gocco print machines from Japan, needles and thread. Come try out the Gocco, learn about quick and crafty chapbook production or, with advance preparation and planning, print and finish an edition of up to 20 chapbooks of your own, suitable for giving.

A separately-scheduled chapbook reading by emerging and published authors in Celebration of the Chapbook, and an opportunity to sell or trade your chapbook, will follow.”

2nd Annual Kulinarya, a Filipino Culinary Showdown – SF, 1/21/12

Witness a culinary showdown of six Filipino American chefs as they compete for the grand prize at KULINARYA: A FILIPINO CULINARY SHOWDOWN, hosted by the Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Department of Tourism, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, and Filipino American Arts Exposition.

Three finalists each in the Amateur and Professional Divisions have advanced to showcase their culinary skills and talents in this exciting cook-off, where they must prepare a starter course (appetizer or soup), a second course (their own version of adobo), a third course (second entrée of their choice), and a Filipino dessert… all in a head-to-head challenge.

Don’t miss the FILIPINO BAZAAR – one day only shopping experience where you’ll find unique and festive Philippine-inspired gifts, décor, accessories, recipe books, goods and services!

  • WHERE: Carnelian by the Bay Restaurant
    One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
    (Located behind the Ferry Building and next to Sinbad’s)
  • WHEN: Sat 1/21/12, 3-8pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE, or $20 for food tasting showcase
  • MORE INFOhttp://kulinarya2.eventbrite.com/

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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

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
@JCCCNC
… 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
  • HOW MUCH: FREE!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/events/136755986427313/

Holiday Mixer with Eskabo Daan “Filipino Martial Arts in the Mainstream” – SF, 12/7/11

Holiday Mixer with Eskabo Daan

“ESKABO Daan is a Filipino Martial Art which has been integrated with aspects of many other martial arts. At first E.S.K.A.B.O started off as an acronym ( Escrima, Serrada, Kali , Arnis, Boxing & Jeet Kune Do).

The mission of Eskabo Daan is to envision and create a global arena where humble minded martial artists who are passionate about promoting and perpetuating the Filipino martial arts, can gather and have an exchange of knowledge and ideas in the absence of financial or political obligations.

We at Eskabo have a desire to share our knowledge and understanding of the unique history and culture of our integrated Filipino martial arts system to as many people as possible.

Special Demo by ESKABO Daan Team

Wed., Dec. 7, 2011
6 PM to 8:30 PM
The Summit
780 Valencia @ 19th San Francisco

More info: http://www.eskabodaan.org
http://www.yfpa.org

We hope you can join us for another exciting evening of exchanging new ideas, creating new connections and also sharing some of the holiday spirit with us.”

  • WHERE: The Summit
    780 Valencia @ 19th San Francisco
  • WHEN: Wednesday, 12/7/11, 6-8:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: $10 for non-YFPA members; free for YFPA members
  • MORE INFO: