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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!


San Jose Museum of Art Lunar New Year Community Day – San Jose, 2/4/12

San Jose Lunar New Year Festival

“The powerful dragon, the only mythical animal in the Chinese zodiac, is associated with honesty, bravery, innovation, and ambition. Our popular family-friendly event takes a modern approach to traditional multicultural customs.

Welcome in the lucky Year of the Dragon and enjoy:

* Free admission all day
* Traditional Lion Dance by Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association
* Dance performance by Sukyung Choi’s Korean Dance Academy
* Cultural crafts, hands-on activities, family fun, and more!”

Deadline to Register for Congressional Gold Medal – San Jose, 11/16/11

Congressional Gold Medal

If you, a family member or friend is eligible for the Congressional Gold Medal and you can go to the San Jose ceremony, PLEASE register by 11/16/11! They are looking for WW II veterans who served in the 100th / 442nd or MIS.

“Congressional leaders have awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) to the U.S. Army’s
100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT) and the Military Intelligence
Service (MIS) for their extraordinary accomplishments in World War II. The National Veterans
Network has been designated as the entity that will plan and execute the Congressional Gold
Medal ceremony and associated events on November 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), in conjunction with Congressional Represent-
atives Zoe Lofgren, Mike Honda and Anna Eshoo, the San Jose Chapter of the Japanese American
Citizens League (JACL), the Friends and Families of Nisei Veterans (FFNV), and local VFW Post
9970 are planning a local ceremony in San Jose, CA. This event will be for veterans and their
families, as well as widows or families of veterans, who are unable to attend the ceremony in
Washington, D.C.

The San Jose event is being planned to take place in February 2012. Please check this website
periodically for the date, time and location of the San Jose ceremony (please note that the date
mentioned above in the banner heading is not the date of the ceremony, as it could be held any
time during early 2012—probably February, but possibly as soon as January or as late as March).”

Yu-Ai Kai Book Club discusses Kiyo’s Story – San Jose, 8/5/11

Kiyo's Story

“The JAMsj / Yu-Ai Kai Book Club will discuss Nisei writer Kiyo Sato’s saga of her family life in America entitled “Kiyo’s Story: a Japanese-American Family’s Quest for the American Dream” (originally entitled “Dandelion Through the Crack”). It is a compelling story of starting a family in California, surviving the Great Depression, being taken to concentration camps, and in the end overcoming everything else that was thrown their way.”

Abhinaya Dance Company Fundraiser for Japan Tsunami Relief – Saratoga, 7/17/11

Abhinaya Japan Tsunami Relief

“Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, the Bay Area’s premiere South Indian classical dance company, today announced details of their 2011 Next Generation Soloist Series beginning with Rasika Kumar presenting “Courage” in several vignettes with live music.

Presented in the Bharatanatyam-style, the performance will feature new choreography by Principal Dancer Rasika Kumar and the restaging of a traditional piece choreographed by Abhinaya’s Artistic Director Mythili Kumar.

The concert will be held on July 17th at the McAfee Theater in Saratoga at 4 pm. The orchestra is comprised of Malavika Kumar – nattuvangam, Asha Ramesh – vocals, N. Narayan – mridangam and kanjira, and Shanthi Narayan – violin.

This is a special fundraiser to encourage Bay Area audiences to continue to support the Japanese tsunami relief effort. Episodes depicting the courage of the tsunami survivors will be presented along with historical and mythological characters exemplifying courage.”

  • WHERE: Saratoga High School, McAfee Theater
    20300 Herriman Ave
    Saratoga, California
  • WHEN: Sunday, 7/17/11, 4-7pm
  • HOW MUCH: General Admission: $15
    Student Admission: $10
    (Donations will also be accepted)
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225121497528381

San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival 2011 – San Jose, 7/9/11-7/10/11

San Jose Betsuin Obon Festival

Another Obon festival!

“Obon Food booths: Udon (noodles), Strawberry Shortcake, Sushi, Manju, Chicken Teriyaki, Imagawa Yaki, Gyoza, Tempura, Beef Teriyaki, Chicken Ramen Salad, Nigiri Sushi

Game Booths: Whiffle Toss, Treasure Chest, Grab Bag, Bear Toss, Hoop-la, Ping Pong Toss, Tic Tac Toe, Add ’em Up, Duck Scoop, Color Spot, Ring Toss, Nickel Toss, Milk Can, Basketball Toss, Golf (Putting), Bingo, Pull Tabs”

  • WHERE: San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
    640 North 5th Street
    San Jose, California
  • WHEN: Saturday, 7/9/11, 11:30am – 10pm
    Sunday, 7/10/11, 11:30am – 8pm
  • MORE INFO: http://www.sjbetsuin.com/Events/Obon2011

Kawayan Folk Arts full length show – Makiling: The Lady in the Mountain – San Jose, 10/16/10


Kawayan’s 2010 full length show, based on a Filipino legend. It will be epic.  (See what I did there?)

  • WHERE: Louis B. Mayer Theatre at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
  • WHEN: 10/16/10, 7pm
  • HOW MUCH: $25-$35
  • MORE INFO: http://www.kawayanfolkarts.org/