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You can watch the 2022 San Jose Day of Remembrance on
February 19, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)
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Although the official program start time is 3:00 PM (PT), you can watch a special performance of IKKAI by the Kambara+ dance group if you tune in earlier at 2:50 PM.
Kambara+   IKKAI means once. The performance is a transplanted pilgrimage, an immersive dance project that explores the resilience of the Japanese American community. IKKAI demonstrates how we heal from generational trauma and how we find ways to transform the violence enacted upon our forebearers into compassion and strength that can be used to stand alongside others.
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Day of Remembrance Program Schedule
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Watch the program live at 3:00 PM (PT) on February 19, 2022 at this link:


You can also watch the program after that date and time by clicking on the same link.
The 42nd Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance program  will be held virtually on Saturday, February 19 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time). The event falls on the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which led to the World War II incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

The theme for this virtual program is Overcoming Hate and Fear: The 80th Anniversary of E.O 9066. Over the past two plus years, many communities have had to deal with multiple challenges including the deadly pandemic; economic, educational,  and personal hardship;  intense political division, and physical and emotional isolation. During these tumultuous times, we also witnessed violent hate crimes and  racist acts, including horrific incidents directed toward AAPI and African-American communities.  In the midst of great tragedy and horror,  we also saw different communities come together in the struggle for racial and social justice.

AAPI rally   Since one of the driving forces behind WW II Japanese American incarceration was attributed to racial prejudice, many Japanese Americans feel compelled to join with other communities in denouncing hate, prejudice, and violence and in continuing the fight for social justice.
Rally in Cupertino, California    
Related to this theme, NOC is honored to have featured Day of Remembrance speaker, Cynthia Choi, a codirector of Chinese for Affirmative Action and cofounder of Stop AAPI Hate.  Often cited by major news organizations, Stop AAPI Hate has had a tremendous impact in raising awareness about the rise of  violence and hate-based incidents directed towards the AAPI community. Not only is Stop AAPI Hate trying to understand the realities of anti-Asian racism, the organization is also a platform for finding community-based solutions.

Locally, the San Jose Nikkei Resisters (SJNR) is one group that is forming community-based solutions. Over the past year, SJNR  partnered with the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in presenting bystander intervention training and de-escalation techniques. Kelsey Ichikawa is the chair of the Reimagining Public Safety Subcommittee in SJNR and will talk about their recent work.

The 2022 Day of Remembrance program will also commemorate the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. As part of  this commemoration,  Eiko Yamaichi, as well as other former incarcerees will give their remembrances of their incarceration.

In 1988, the United States gave an official apology to former incarcerees of the camps with the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. It is important to note that there were many people who were also incarcerated in the same camps as Japanese Americans but were not offered the same acknowledgement.  Grace Shimizu of the Campaign for Justice Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans will speak about the continued fight for truth, acknowledgement, and justice.  Read more about the plight of Japanese Latin Americans and the campaign for justice...
2022 Day of Remembrance Film Trailers
  Cynthia Choi, Stop AAPI Hate

In this short Day of Remembrance film trailer, Cynthia Choi, cofounder of Stop AAPI Hate and codirector of Chinese for Affirmative Action, talks about starting Stop AAPI Hate in order to understand the nature of the attacks on the AAPI community and to come up with solutions.
  Alice Hikido, Camp Remembrance

This trailer for the 2022 San Jose Day of Remembrance spotlights Alice Hikido, who was incarcerated in Minikoka, Idaho. Alice recalls a sad episode of a mother who was under tremendous stress in the camp.

Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans
Japanese Latin Americans
During WWII, the U.S. government went outside its borders and violated the rights of over 2,200 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry in 13 Latin American countries in the name of “national security.” These “potentially dangerous enemy aliens” were imprisoned in concentration camps in the U.S. for use as hostages in exchange for U.S. citizens held in Far East war zones. On the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the U.S. government has yet to acknowledge and properly redress these crimes against humanity.

Read more about America's Forgotten Internment: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/12/05/japanese-latinos-us-war-hostages-history-523711

Sign the petition to demand justice from the Biden Administration: https://www.change.org/p/president-biden-please-comply-with-international-law-justice-now-for-japanese-latin-americans

JTown Community TV See additional Day of Remembrance videos on JTown Community TV and on the  NOC YouTube Channel.  
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Women's march  
We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. Amplfier Foundation.