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    • April 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM
    • December 31, 2021
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hakone Estate and Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070


    Hakone Foundation Opens Exhibit on Japanese American Internment

    Hakone Foundation is proud to present a new exhibition, “Hakone Gardens and Executive Order 9066” at the Cultural Exchange Center. The exhibit features an untold story of Hakone’s long-time gardener, James Sasaki, and his American-born family, imprisoned in Topaz, Utah Internment Camp during WWII.

    The Sasakis’ incarceration was the experience of more than 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, two-thirds of them American-born citizens, held at ten camps in desolate areas of the western United States. Along with the Sasaki family’s story of internment, the exhibit also shares the stories of two of Hakone’s trustees. Reiko Iwanaga tells of her experience as a child interned with her family at Amache, Colorado, and Patti Workman recounts how her mother was incarcerated at Amache and her father at Manzanar, both as teenagers. The exhibit features photographs of the forced evacuation, scenes of life at Amache and Poston, family memorabilia and rare family photos of “camp”.

    This exhibit is produced by Ann Waltonsmith, Hakone Foundation chairperson, and Connie Young Yu, Hakone Foundation trustee and CHCP Advisory Board Member/Historian, who are co-authors of the new book, Hakone Estate and Gardens, Arcadia Publishing Co. Says Ann Waltonsmith, “With the surge in anti-Asian violence and xenophobia in America, we felt now was the time to show a chapter in American history that must never be forgotten or repeated.”

    The book will be available for purchase beginning May 3rd at the Hakone Gift Shop both on site and online (Hakone.com) and also directly through Arcadia Press. Price is $21.99. The book is featured in a 5/11/21 San Jose Mercury News article.

    The exhibit will run to the end of December. Hakone Estate and Gardens, one of the premier sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located at 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA.

    For Admission:  see https://www.hakone.com/visitor-info

    • September 29, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Circle of Palms Plaza, Downtown San Jose

    The City of San José wishes to cordially invite you to join City and community leaders for a historic ceremony commemorating the formal adoption of a City Council resolution apologizing for the City’s role in acts of injustice and discriminations towards the Chinese immigrant community and its descendants. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday September the 29th at 12 PM at Circle of Palms Plaza adjacent to the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown San José. The Plaza sits on the site of the 2nd Market Street Chinatown which was destroyed by arson in 1887.

    The ceremony will include opening remarks from City leadership, a formal presentation and reading of the resolution to attendees, as well as additional remarks by community leaders and elected officials.

    Connie Young Yu (CHCP Advisory Board Member & Historian) and Gerrye Wong (CHCP Trustee & Co-Founder) will speak on behalf of the Chinese community, as well as California Assemblyman Evan Low, so this is a momentous occasion  for the City of San Jose, and above all, our Chinese community and the memory of our San Jose forefathers. 

    Guests of all generations are encouraged to attend to give honor and pay respect to our early Chinese immigrants who suffered and persevered during these extremely harsh times.

    • October 01, 2021
    • October 10, 2021
    • AMC Dine-In Sunnyvale 12 Theatres and Online

    CHCP is a Community Sponsor for the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest (SVAPF), a volunteer-run film festival showcasing independent films primarily by Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) filmmakers.

    Throughout the history of the AAPI in America there have been many unsung heroes whose contributions to society have largely gone unnoticed by the mainstream communities. "ASIAN. AMERICAN. AMAZING!is the theme for this year's film festival and is a tribute to those Amazing Asian Americans and the next generation of innovators, creators, and contributors.

    For movie schedule details and to purchase tickets: www.svapfilmfest.org.

    • October 14, 2021

    Click to enlargeThe Double Nine Festival, or Chung Yeung Festival, is observed on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

    Similar to the Ching Ming Festival in spring, the Chung Yeung Festival is when entire families pay their respects to their deceased ancestors by visiting their graves, bringing fresh flowers and traditional Chinese food, such as roast pig, fruit, buns and cakes. The food is laid out in front of the headstone as an offering to their ancestors' deceased spirits, and is later consumed. They also clean the gravesite, and may burn incense and imitation paper money.

     2021 date  October 14
     2022 date  October 4

    See also:  Ching Ming  - Grave Sweeping Day

    • October 14, 2021
    • 5:30 PM
    • History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose CA 95112

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    Please join History San José (HSJ) as they honor Sal Pizarro and his long career celebrating San José’s history.

    History Park will be transformed into a Roaring Twenties Garden Party for the evening. Guests will enjoy live jazz by Hella Fitzgerald, fabulous food by Hunger at Home, and theatrical entertainment by Epic Immersive, as well as 1920's automobiles provided by the Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club.

    Please support History San José’s vision of preserving and celebrating our local history and purchase tickets or become an event sponsor for the 2021 Valley of Heart’s Delight fundraiser. Your contribution will help maintain History San José’s position as one of the leading cultural institutions in Northern California.

    Click here to buy tickets (registration closes Oct. 7) or make a donation.

    • October 16, 2021
    • 10:15 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Firehouse 2nd floor, History Park, 635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA 95112

    An Orientation for CHCP's Student Docent Cultural Ambassador Program (SDCAP)  will be held at History Park in San Jose. Come and contribute to preserving, educating and promoting Chinese and Chinese American history and culture!

    There will be a training manual with information about the Chinese American Historical Museum and History Park, specific information on each exhibit area, general information about Chinese religious and cultural practices, and information about CHCP events and activities.

    Tentative time for the Orientation is 10:15 am to 3:30 pm, with lunch provided. More details will be coming soon.

    NOTE: Face masks must be worn.

    Parking: Park for free on local streets or use the San Jose city parking lot on Phelan Avenue ($fee).

    Directions: Exit Highway 280 at 10th St., then go south on 10th St., left on Keyes St., right on Senter Rd., left on Phelan Ave. History Park entrance is ahead on left; visitor parking lot ($fee) is straight ahead at end of Phelan Ave.

    Bus: VTA Bus line 73 stops at Senter Rd. and Phelan Ave., half a block from the History Park entrance.

Past events

August 27, 2021 SCCLD Webinar: "The Untold Story of the 1887 Burning of SJ's Chinatown"
August 26, 2021 CHCP Speaker Series Webinar: "Chung Mei: Growing Up in an All-Chinese Boy's Orphanage"
August 14, 2021 Spirit of '45: CHCP Private Reception
August 14, 2021 Spirit of '45: CHCP SDCAP and WWII Film Celebration
August 12, 2021 LAHM Lecture: "Journey to Gold Mountain: Chinese and the Gold Rush"
June 22, 2021 C100 Webcast: "Asian American Career Ceilings: Women in Corporations"
June 19, 2021 Hidden Histories of SJ Japantown Opening Celebration
June 12, 2021 CAH Museum Open for History Park 50th Anniversary
June 06, 2021 Stanford Webinar: "Asian American Heritage on the Stanford Campus"
May 31, 2021 CAAM Co-Produced White House Event Wraps AANHPI Heritage Month
May 30, 2021 CHCP Film Screening: Chinese American WWII Veterans of the China-Burma-India Theatre
May 28, 2021 CATS Ukulele Fest
May 16, 2021 CHCP Lillian Gong-Guy Memorial Scholarship Awards Ceremony
May 13, 2021 CAAMFest (thru May 23)
May 11, 2021 CHCP Speaker Series Webinar: "Pre-WWII Poetry of Chinese, Japanese, & Korean Immigrants with Comparison"
May 04, 2021 World Channel (PBS) Documentary: "Far East Deep South" (thru May 31)
May 01, 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (thru May 31)
April 07, 2021 Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (thru April 20)
April 04, 2021 Ching Ming
March 25, 2021 MESS Lecture: Chinese Cannery Workers in Salmon Canning Industry
February 13, 2021 HSJ Webinar: Lunar New Year in SJ
February 12, 2021 Chinese New Year
January 12, 2021 CHCP Scholarship Applications Available (thru Mar 17)
October 02, 2020 Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest (thru Oct 13)

Museum Address:

History Park
635 Phelan Avenue
San Jose, CA 95112

In Ng Shing Gung Building

Mailing Address:

PO Box 5366
San Jose, CA 95150-5366

Email: info@chcp.org

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