40th Annual Day of Remembrance & Taiko Show | San Jose
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San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin | 640 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
On Sunday, February 16, 2020, the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) will present San Jose’s 40th annual Day of Remembrance event commemorating Executive Order 9066, which led to the World War II era incarceration of more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.
2020 San Jose Day of Remembrance
Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 5 pm – 7:30 pm
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N 5th Street, San Jose
This year’s theme is No Camps, No Cages. As in World War II, incarceration without due process, separation of families, and children in camps are all happening now and this year’s Day of Remembrance is more timely than ever.
Nihonmachi Outreach Committee is proud to announce that Former Congressman from San Jose and retired Secretary of Transportation, the Honorable Norman Mineta will be the keynote speaker. Amy Iwasaki Mass will talk about her own personal experience of wartime incarceration. In 1981, she testified at the hearings held by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC). Representatives from the South Bay Islamic Association, San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, and Wesley United Methodist Church will express their support.
There will be a candlelight procession through historic San Jose Japantown and a special performance of Swingposium, a production about big band music and dance as a source of hope for Japanese Americans incarcerated in WWII Concentration Camps, by San Jose Taiko with Wesley Jazz Ensemble.
The program will start at 5:00 pm, one-half hour earlier than in prior years, to accommodate the performance of Swingposium. Seating is limited. The event is open to the public and family friendly, with an activity room for children. It is a free event but donations are welcome.
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