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  2022 San Jose Day of Remembrance 
Japanese Latin American Day of Action
Films of Remembrance
Nichi Bei Cafe
 
   
  View the 42nd Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance program
on February 19, 2022 from 3:00 PM  to 4:30 PM (Pacific Time)
by accessing this link:

https://youtu.be/-sMegGjtlWU


No registration is required
   
 
 
Although the official program start time is 3:00 PM (PT) on February 19, 2022, you can watch a special performance of IKKAI by the Kambara+ dance group if you tune in at 2:50 PM.
     
Kambara_IKKAI   From 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.
IKKAI   Through 2022, we will be hosting various community engagement events in the lead up to our premiere at  the San Jose Buddhist Church and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. If you are interested in learning more or supporting this collaboration please reach out to us at kambaraplusdancers@gmail.com. We invite you to follow our project at
https://www.kambaraplus.org/ikkai or on social media @ikkai_pilgrimage.
     
   
  Day of Remembrance Flyer
   
  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.
   
 
Choi    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. 
     
Kelsey    Locally, the San Jose Nikkei Resisters (SJNR) is one group that is forming community-based solutions.  Kelsey Ichikawa is the chair of the Reimagining Public Safety Subcommittee in SJNR. She will talk about their recent work and advocacy efforts in building up community care structures, including mental and behavioral health services and in hosting workshops on restorative justice practices, bystander intervention and de-escalation techniques.
Eiko    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 will be the featured remembrance speaker. Alice Hikido, Aggie Idemoto, Joe Yasutake, and Tom Oshidari will also give short remembrances of their incarceration. 
Grace    In 1988, the United States gave an official apology to former incarcerees of the concentration 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. 
Athar    Athar Siddiqee of the South Bay Islamic Association has spoken at many of our previous San Jose Day of Remembrance events. He will relate the theme of the program to the issues that we are struggling with today. He will again voice his solidarity with Japanese Americans and the AAPI community. 
Rich    Many communities across the United States became alarmed when they saw horrific hate incidents directed against AAPI  people. Rich Saito, of Japantown Prepared, made a request for volunteers for citizen patrols to help keep the community safe. He received overwhelming support which may have contributed to the fact that there were no reported violent hate crimes perpetrated on the streets of Japantown.
Taiko    San Jose Taiko has been a very large part of the San Jose Day of Remembrance event since the very early programs. San Jose Taiko have been Japantown's cultural ambassadors and they represent the energy and spirit of our community.  In this program, they will have two electric performances, one of which is to honor all people who helped others in our community during this pandemic. 
WUMC choir    The Wesley United Methodist Church Virtual Choir will make a special appearance at this year's event. Although it can be challenging for a choir to come together in this world of social distancing, they have produced this uplifting virtual performance called "Roll Down Justice!"
Candlelight    Although we are unable to gather for the traditional Day of Remembrance candle lighting ceremony and procession, we are still able to present a very moving ceremony led by former incarcerees.  There will also be a tribute to World War II veteran, Kats HIkido.
RevKeith    From the very first San Jose Day of Remembrance, both the Wesley United Methodist Church and the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin have played important roles in bringing the community together in our shared beliefs. During these difficult years of the pandemic and unrest, their words have given us much comfort and hope. Reverend Keith Inouye of the Wesley United Methodist Church and Rinban Gerald Sakamoto of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin will open and close the program with their important message to the community.
Rinban Sakamoto   

If your family received an apology from the United States government for their incarceration during World War II, or if you are a supporter of that apology, please consider finding out more about the plight of Japanese Latin Americans who were abducted from their home countries and imprisoned in the United States. Take part in the Japanese Latin American Day of Action on February 24.
  JLA Day of Action 
  For more information, visit  CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE (jlacampaignforjustice.org)
 
 Films of Remembrance
 
  Nichi Bei Cafe
   
  An innovative monthly livestream program designed to keep the community engaged and connected from the comforts of their own homes, the Nichi Bei Café will feature news and events, cooking videos in collaboration with Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook, origami video lessons with Linda Mihara of Paper Tree, cocktail recipes and more from The Gochiso Gourmet Ryan Tatsumoto in Hawai‘i, and videos of Japanese American legacy businesses.

View the premier episode that includes a preview of some of the  Northern California Day of Remembrance events, including a discussion of the San Jose Day of Remembrance event with NOC's Reiko Nakayama and Will Kaku. Also, you will hear Frank Abe discuss organizing the very first Day of Remembrance event in the nation in 1978.
 
 
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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.