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Upcoming NOC Events

2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance

38th Annual San Jose
Day of Remembrance

"Speak Out For Justice"
Sunday, February 18, 2018
5:30pm-7:30 pm

San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA

Event is free and open to the public

In the days following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the FBI rounded up thousands of Japanese immigrants who were detained without charges. Then, on February 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing 120,000 Japanese Americans into concentration camps. The Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Incarceration of Civilians concluded that this action was a result of “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”

The 38th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event carries the theme, "Speak Out For Justice," as we are currently witnessing a community becoming more engaged with the major social issues of today. We have been seeing a great social movement on many fronts, including the large number of voices speaking out against the treatment and harrassment of women and against racism, homophobia, and Islamaphobia.

Hundreds of people will gather together at this annual event not only to remember the great civil liberties tragedy that occurred over 75 years ago, but also to reflect on the rising tensions that are building within our communities today and what we can do to build bridges of trust, respect, and friendship.

Cultural Performance: Joint performance by San Jose Taiko and ASWAT Ensemble
ASWAT Ensemble
The 2018 San Jose Day of Remembrance will feature a joint performance by ASWAT, the Bay Area's Premier Arab Music Ensemble, and the world famous, ASWAT and San Jose Taiko.

In 2003, two Arab-American women, Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben Halim, recognized that the challenges faced by the Arab-American community in the Bay Area required a creative response. They formed Zawaya: a non-profit organization that aims to address stereotypes and misconceptions; offering a positive image of Arab Americans and their rich civilization. Zawaya means “aspects” or “corners”, suggesting the many art forms to be discovered and enjoyed in Arab culture.

True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic and multi-racial music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, and contemporary Arabic music. Aswat’s doors remain open to all who want to participate in the exciting, enriching exchange between Arab Americans and other communities through the universal language of music.
San Jose Taiko   San Jose Taiko, Japantown's great cultural ambassadors, has captivated global audiences and critics alike with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of taiko, the Japanese drum. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, company performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to connect people through cultural understanding, creative expression, and rhythmic heartbeat.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information call  408-373-0817, email at info@sjnoc.org.

A candle is lit in memory of each of the incarceration camps One candle is lit in memory for each of the WRA internment camps.  
San Jose Day of Remembrance The Day of Remembrance is an event that aims to bring different communities together in order to build trust, respect, and understanding among all people and to renew our pledge to fight for equality, justice, and peace.  
Traditional candlelight procession through Japantown The traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown remembers how the incarceration of Japanese Americans devasted the community.
Photos courtesy of Andy Frazer  
NOC Congratulates Kaitlin Wong on Award-Winning Essay
  NOC congratulates Kaitlin Wong, a student at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California who was a finalist in a nationwide, Facing History Student Essay Contest. 

Katie attended the 2017 San Jose Day of Remembrance in February with her grandmother, who was incarcerated in the Rowher, Arkansas concentration camp. Katie wrote eloquently about her relationship with her grandmother and how she gained a special insight on principles that she would like to live by.

  "Fighting for what you feel is right is a choice. From my grandma’s influence and my own experiences, I choose love and acceptance, to keep an open mind, and stand up for what I believe in."  

You can read her award-winning essay here.
Women's march  
We The People image created by Shepard Fairey. Amplfier Foundation.