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36th Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance
New 2016 Location: San Jose State University
  “He put his head against my father’s shoulder and cried. He said, ‘Mr. Yamaichi, my boss told me that they were going to put all of you into camps.’”  
    -- Jimi Yamaichi  
Jimi Yamaichi revisits Uchida Hall.
Jimi Yamaichi revisits Uchida Hall in 2015, 73 years after he entered the same gymnasium prior to his imprisonment in a Japanese American internment camp.
Read Jimi Yamaichi's story about the days leading to his forced removal from San Jose here.
36th Annual San Jose
Day of Remembrance
"Wartime Hysteria"
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Morris Dailey Auditorium
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192
Post-event reception: Yoshihiro Uchida Hall
Free and open to the public

Download PDF Event Flyer

Paid parking available at the West Parking Garage and at other nearby locations.
See campus map
EO 9066 poster
Many Japanese Americans were notified by the above poster that persons of Japanese ancestry must report to the Civil Control Station located at the men's gymnasium at San Jose State College, now called Yoshihiro Uchida Hall at San Jose State University.

San Jose Japantown community leader, Jimi Yamaichi, will recount his story of leaving San Jose as a part of the government's action to incarcerate Japanese Americans at the 2016 San Jose Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance event commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the imprisonment of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

The 36th annual event will take place at a historically significant venue, San Jose State University, which played an important role during the forced removal of Japanese Americans from San Jose and major parts of Santa Clara County. On May 24 and May 25, 1942, the San Jose State College men's gymnasium, now renamed Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, served as a registration center that processed 2,847 people of Japanese descent before they were incarcerated [1].
The theme of the 2016 event is"Wartime Hysteria." In the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the U.S government acknowledged that "a great injustice was done to both citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry" and that the acts were "motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." The 2016 Day of Remembrance theme warns against the rise of wartime hysteria, as well as racial and religious discrimination, in today's politically volatile, emotionally-charged environment as the nation confronts the issues of war, refugees, and terrorism.
  "We cannot let racism and bigotry overrun Americans’ conscience and good faith. The tragedy of Japanese-American internment cannot, must not, be repeated. Ultimately, I don’t want the internment to be a Japanese-American lesson. This should be an American lesson for all those under the protection of the Constitution."  
  -- Congressman Mike Honda  
Mike Honda  
Another featured speaker will be Congressman Mike Honda, who was incarcerated at the Amache internment camp. He recently wrote about his concerns over today's rising tide of fear and bigotry in an op-ed for Reuters, "When my Japanese-American family was treated as less than human."
Mike Honda is held by his father when the family was living in a Japanese American internment camp. Honda family photo.  
Japanese Americans were processeed at San Jose State University before they were forcibly removed from San Jose
Japanese Americans are processed inside the men's gymnasium at San Jose State College in 1942. San Jose Mercury.
  Other speakers at the 2016 San Jose Day of Remembrance include Japanese American Museum of San Jose president and SJSU alumnus, Aggie Idemoto, CAIR-SFBA Executive Director, Zahra Billoo, local poet, Ann Muto, and other members from the community. The annual event will also include a performance by the internationally acclaimed, San Jose Taiko, and a special candlelight procession to Yoshihiro Uchida Hall, the same location where Japanese Americans were processed before they were forcibly removed from the San Jose area.

The event will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m, in the Morris Dailey Auditorium. A post-event reception will take place in nearby Uchida Hall. The event is free and open to the public (the campus parking garages charge a fee).

[1] "First Evacuees Leave Today," San Jose Mercury Herald, May 26, 1942

2016 Day of Remembrance flyer   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.
  San Jose Taiko   The event also features the traditional candlelight procession and an electrifying performance by San Jose Taiko.
  Candlelight procession in San Jose Japantown   Candlelighting ceremony honors each camp
  Traditional candlelight procession through San Jose's historic Japantown. Photo courtesy of Andy Frazer.

The 2016 procession will lead to the San Jose State University gymnasium where Japansee Americans were processed before they were forcibly removed from the San Jose area.
  A candle is lit in memory for each of the camps.
Photo courtesy of Andy Frazer.

NOC welcomes new supporters for the 2016 San Jose Day of Remembrance event:

Asian Law Alliance   asian law alliance logo
Muslim Community Association  MCA logo
Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California Japanese Chamber of Commerce logo
San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
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"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.