Hidden Asian Histories of San Jose: Japantown

Hidden Asian Histories of San Jose: Japantown

May 12, 2022

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Learn about the hidden stories of Asian American communities in San Jose and their overlapping histories.

In honor of Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, local community history activists Tom Izu and Susan Hayase will share the history of San Jose’s Japantown, and the augmented reality art project they created to make history visible to the masses.

Tom Izu has been involved in the San Jose Japanese American community for many years, including in the grassroots movement for redress during the 1980s. He was executive director of the California History Center at De Anza College, and currently coordinates its civil liberties education project. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and on the Diversity Advisory Group for the Museum’s reimagined Permanent Exhibition.

Susan Hayase is a long-time activist in the San Jose area Japanese American community. She was appointed in 1995 to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board by President Clinton, and has worked on projects for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj), including the #DontExcludeUs series.

This online event is free to attend and will be held over the Zoom platform. Registration is required.

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