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Hidden Asian Histories of San Jose: Japantown

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Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*

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In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, local community history activists Tom Izu and Susan Hayase will share “Hidden Asian Histories of San Jose: Japantown,” an online program hosted by Los Altos History Museum, Thursday, May 12 from 7-8 pm.

San Jose Japantown, once called Chinatown, is one of three in the country that survives, now threatened by development and gentrification. Throughout its more than 130-year history, San Jose Japantown has been home to several immigrant communities including Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino.

What started as a quest for Izu and Hayase to preserve the stories, sounds, and images of Japantown, turned into a community art project using augmented reality to make history visible to the masses. Tamiko Thiel, an internationally-acclaimed augmented reality artist, and her husband, engineer and artist Peter Graf, designed an app that allows visitors to use their mobile phones to see art images overlaying places in the neighborhood. The project, titled “Hidden Histories of Japantown,” debuted June 2021, and includes nine art installations produced by specially-selected local artists from diverse backgrounds.

To find out more about the Hidden Histories of San Jose Japantown project, visit hiddenhistoriesjtown.org. To register for the Museum’s free program, go to losaltoshistory.org/japantown.

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Cost: FREE*
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