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  41st Annual San Jose Day of Remembrance
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  The Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) presents the 41st San Jose Day of Remembrance event, to be held online on Sunday, February 14 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Pacific Time). The event commemorates 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 Confronting Race in America: Unifying Our Communities. Although many of our communities have been suffering from the effects of racism for generations, people outside of these communities are finally realizing that there are enormous disparities throughout our society due to race.
May 29, 2020 San Jose protest   Many people have taken action to confront these issues in the struggle for racial and social justice. Since one of the driving forces behind the WW II Japanese American incarceration was attributed to racial prejudice, many Japanese Americans feel compelled to join with other communities in their fight for social justice.
Photo by Dai Sugano
 San Jose Mercury News
Related to this theme, NOC is honored to have featured speaker Reverend Jethroe Moore II, President of the San Jose NAACP.  NOC sat down for an hour-long interview with Reverend Moore in January. In this segment -- which will not be a part of our Day of Remembrance program -- Reverend Moore talks about police accountability and the rise of hate groups.   Reverend Moore: Police Reform 
Tomio Hayase-Izu of the Nikkei Resisters will speak about H.R. 40, Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. Remembrance speaker Alice Hikido will relate her own experience of wartime incarceration. NOC Keynote Speaker Bekki Shibayama and Grace Shimizu of the Campaign for Justice: Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans will share the recent favorable ruling for former Japanese Latin American incarcerees. Athar Siddiqee of the South Bay Islamic Association will reflect on Executive Order 9066 and the close bond formed between Muslim Americans and Japanese Americans.

The San Jose Day of Remembrance event has had a special relationship with San Jose Taiko. San Jose Taiko will discuss their history and how the Day of Remembrance event has influenced their artistic expression.

Jon Jang and his ensemble will perform from his recent work "The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance."

This program will also use various landmarks in historic San Jose Japantown and in surrounding areas as a backdrop in telling our community's  unique story.
2021 Day of Remembrance Film Trailers  
Issei Stone/Nikkei Lantern     Issei Stone/Nikkei Lantern

Each year, the Day of Remembrance holds a solemn candlelight procession that passes the Issei Pioneer Stone,  underneath the Nikkei Lantern. The magic of the Issei Pioneer Stone and the Nikkei Lantern are featured in this 2021 San Jose Day of Remembrance trailer
Activsm on Campus: Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Black Lives Matter   Activism on Campus: Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and Black Lives Matter

This trailer for the 2021 San Jose Day of Remembrance spotlights student activism at San Francisco Bay Area colleges in the 1960s and 1970s. The Tommie Smith and John Carlos monument at San Jose State University serves as a backdrop. Decades before Colin Kaepernick, these two Olympic medalists from SJSU took a stand for civil rights.
Issei Voices: A Love Letter to the Many People Who Built Nihonmachi   Issei Voices Monument: A Love Letter to the Many People Who Built Nihonmachi (Japantown)

This short Day of Remembrance film trailer is a celebration of the many people who helped build Nihonmachi, one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States. The Issei Voices Monument on the corner of 5th Street and Jackson Street is used as a backdrop.
Films of Remembrance 
Farewell to Manzanar 
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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.