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  February 2023
  In this issue 
  43rd Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance 
  IKKAI Dance Performance February 25
  Films of Remembrance February 25 and 26
  Asian Law Alliance 46th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Ceremony March 3
Note: NOC has a new mailing address: Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
  P.O Box 10643
  San Jose, CA 95157
  DoR 2023 Flyer 
Seating is limited. The wearing of masks is optional but is encouraged.
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On Sunday, February 19, 2023, the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) will present  the 43rd annual San Jose Day of Remembrance program in the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 632 North 5th Street, San Jose, from 5:30 pm–7:00 pm. This event commemorates Executive Order 9066, which led to the World War II imprisonment of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

The theme of the program is "Reparative Justice: Together We Rise." Many in the Japanese American community believe that as our families and our community were recipients of an official apology from the United States,  it is our moral responsibility to defend other communities when they  become the target of hate, discrimination, or cultural erasure. Many feel compelled to join these communities in their fight for justice, human dignity, and reparations.
Day of Remembrance Theme
Reparative Justice: Together We Rise
SJ Nikkei Resisters
San Jose Nikkei Resisters carry poster designed by artist Kala Mendoza. Photo courtesy of Susan Hayase.
Susan Hayase  
Long-time community activist, Susan Hayase, wrote this article. A Personal Reflection: Japanese Americans in the Age of Reparatory Justice, which is related to this year's  Day of Remembrance theme: Reparative Justice: Together We Rise
Susan Hayase was a major part of the grassroots movement for Japanese American redress, working in the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) and the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR). She was appointed in 1995 to the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund board by President Clinton and served as its vice-chair. She is one of the founders of the San Jose Nikkei Resisters, a group dedicated to mobilizing and uniting the Japanese American community in defense of civil liberties and social justice for all. She also works on several projects for the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.
Cultural Performance  
San Jose Taiko
San Jose Taiko 
One of the things that we sorely missed over the last three years was seeing a live, electrifying performance by San Jose Taiko at the San Jose Day of Remembrance. Some of us may have been fortunate to see their uplifting performances for health care workers or their important Santa Clara County public service announcements during the pandemic. Their energy and enthusiasm brought hope, strength, and joy to people during a very difficult time in our lives. We are so proud of our San Jose Taiko.
San Jose Taiko returns to our first live San Jose Day of Remembrance event since 2020. Continuously innovating, we have seen them in recent years collaborating with performers from other communities and integrating other forms of artistic expression into their set. This year we will see the blending of taiko with rap and spoken word.

 Day of Remembrance Speakers
Update: Mr. Valentin Lopez, Chairperson of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band had an unexpected event this week and had to change his plans to attend. He enthusiastically recommended Professor Veronica Martinez, a member of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust Board of Directors, to take his place.
Featured Speaker: Veronica Martinez
Veronica Martinez  
Veronica Martinez is a Communication Studies instructor at Chabot Colllege where she is also the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Education Association. She speaks at many events about issues that are important to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
Veronica Martinez Juristac Rally
Veronica Martinez at a Protect Juristac rally in San Jose.
Photo by Tyler Suttle
The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is one of three historic tribes that are recognized as Ohlone. Recently, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band has been involved in the fight to protect the environmental health of the region, particularly Juristac, sacred lands that have great historic and cultural significance to the Amah Mutsun.
when the mission bells rang  
There is a growing trend in this country where politicians are trying to control what educators can teach in their classrooms with regards to our racial history. What do you think?
If you grew up in California, many of you learned about the California Missions and Spanish colonization in the 4th grade. From what you can recall, whose perspective was represented? How did the teacher or reading material describe the interaction between the missions and the indigenous people?
Click here to listen to Veronica Martinez read the children's book, When The Mission Bells Rang. Find out more about the UCSC Critical Missions Project.
Remembrance Speaker: Sumi Tanabe
Sumi Tanabe   
Sumi Tanabe and her family were incarcerated at Jerome, Arkansas and Gila River, Arizona. Sumi has been involved with the Buddhist Church for 50 years in many roles. She is the first woman President of the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin and she is a long-time board member, Dharma School teacher, and a member of the Komon group, senior advisors to the Betsuin board and minister. She has held numerous posts in the Buddhist Churches of America and has served in leadership positions in the American Association of University Women, Fuji Towers, and many other organizations.
Sumi Tanabe in camp   Sumi is seen here with her brother and mother. The family was first sent to the Fresno Assembly Center, located at the fairgounds and racetrack. Sumi remembers the strong odors that came from the horse stables.
Remembrance Speaker: Satomi Susie Yasui
Satomi Susie Yasui 
Satomi Susie Yasui was born in San Jose and was living in Tracy, California when she and her family were forcibly removed from their home and subsequently incarcerated in Gila River, Arizona. Due to a medical condition, Satomi was in a cast from the waist down until the age of 10 and was unable to walk. She received no medical care while in camp. She took her first step at the age of 10 after receiving medical treatment at Shriners Hospital. She graduated high school with her peers, earning a degree from San Jose State and a teachers' credential. She taught for 35 years in the Moreland School district.
Suzie Yasui in Camp   Satomi is held by a neighbor in the Gila River, Arizona camp. Because of her medical condition, she was unable to attend school and interact with other children during the formative years of her life.
Community Speaker: Athar Siddiqee
Athar Siddiqeee DoR 2022
Film clip of Athar Siddiqee at the 2022 San Jose Day of Remembrance
Athar Siddiqee is a lifelong Bay Area resident who has been involved in interfaith work for several decades. He is currently the Chairman of the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), which is the longest-running Muslim organization in the South Bay Area. Athar has also served on the boards of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area chapter (CAIR-SFBA)  and the West Valley Muslim Association. Professionally, Athar is the Vice President of Compensation and Benefits for Micron Technology.

Candlelight Procession    Reflection

The traditional candlelight procession through historic Japantown allows participants to remember how the incarceration of Japanese Americans devastated the community and to reflect on what that event means to us today

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Films of Remembrance 2023
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ALA Anniversary
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San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC)
P.O. Box 10643
San Jose, CA  95157


"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
                                                                           - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.