Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 at CAAM Fest 37

May 2nd, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 4:40 p.m.
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Membership Benefit: Group Ticket Pricing

Limited tickets are available for Center members at our special group rate of $10.00.  Please call us at (415) 567-5505 to order your tickets.  Due to the timing of the screening, tickets must be picked up at the Center office (1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco).


About ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066

Filmmaker Jon Osaki traces the fraught racist history of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and untangles the intergenerational trauma of the decades-long redress movement. ALTERNATIVE FACTS: THE LIES OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066 offers damning proof that the signing of Executive Order 9066 was the result of political pressure and fabricated evidence of espionage by Japanese Americans. Interviews with the family members of prominent political officials and unsung heroes of redress like Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga illuminate the racism, xenophobia and backhanded political maneuvering led to the forcible internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Bookended by fiery youth testimony, particularly that of Mika Osaki, we bear witness to the rage that often remains unexpressed by previous generations. With nods to the present-day ban on travel to the U.S. from some Muslim-majority countries, Jon Osaki makes a compelling case for solidarity and engagement in this deeply personal and political film. It won an Impact Docs Award and the Best Documentary award at the Political Edge Film Festival.

Preceded by Minidoka by Megumi Nishikura.

About CAAM Fest and CAAM:

CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), celebrates the world’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian film, food, and music programs. Annually presenting over 120 works in the Bay Area, CAAMFest presents its 37th year from May 9-19, 2019. For more information, please visit

CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing, and exhibiting works in film, television, and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit


California Washoku Pop Up Meal Curated By Oji Restaurant To Benefit San Francisco Japantown Community Center

March 9th, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Haruka Roudebush, Programs Manager,
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter Street – San Francisco, CA  94115
(415) 567.5505 –

California Washoku Pop Up Meal Curated By Oji Restaurant To Benefit San Francisco Japantown Community Center

SAN FRANCISCO (March 7, 2019) – The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (the Center) in Japantown will host a special California Washoku cuisine pop up meal by chefs David Yoshimura and Casey Kusaka of Oji Restaurant on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The pop up meal event by Oji is part of a series of pop up meals leading up to their official restaurant opening and features a tasting menu consisting of seven Washoku courses.

The menu of Oji’s California Washoku pop up meal reflects the culinary program envisioned for the future restaurant, offering a fine dining experience with Japanese Washoku cuisine as the focal point. The word Washoku in Japanese translates to “harmony of food” and is sometimes characterized as the “home cooking” of Japan. Washoku cuisine is steeped in fundamental principles that emphasize particular aspects of the food, including its color, taste, methods of preparation, senses invoked, and finally, respect for the food itself. The restaurant’s focus on Washoku style is an homage to the owners’ Japanese American heritage, with the added intent of creating a modern, Californian interpretation to the cuisine.  Oji hopes to appeal to the adaptive tastes of Bay Area diners with a tasting menu crafted to incorporate the best ingredients from their network of high-end local farms, fish purveyors and ranches. The restaurant’s beverage program will also include a meticulously curated list of iconic wines and sake to both complement and enhance the California Washoku experience. Chef and certified sommelier David Yoshimura explains, “The end goal is to open the first tasting menu Japanese restaurant not focused on sushi.”

Both Oji’s owners, Chef David Yoshimura and General Manager Casey Kusaka, bring to the table not only passion and talent, but the honed expertise and sensibilities that only hours in the kitchens of Michelin-rated restaurants can provide.

David is originally from Houston, Texas, where he inherited his passion for food from his mother. Upon completing training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City, David staged abroad at notable restaurants including Nihonryori Ryugin in Tokyo and Asador Etxebarri in Spain. After returning to New York City, he worked at wd~50 until the restaurant’s closure, then followed up by joining the team at Californios in San Francisco, helping them obtain their first Michelin star within six months. David is currently Chef de Cuisine at the now two Michelin star-rated Californios.

Casey was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii, where family gatherings centered around food drove his early passion for food and beverage. Casey also studied at the Culinary Institute of America, then worked his way up the ranks in the kitchens of celebrity chef David Chang at Momofuku Noodle Bar, then transitioned to the service side of the industry at the one Michelin-starred Lincoln Ristorante. Casey later returned to the Momofuku food group as captain of their two-Michelin star location Momofuku Ko. After fulfilling his need for restaurant experience in New York City, Casey moved to San Francisco, where he currently works with David at Californios as the General Manager. Casey’s hope with the opening of Oji is to provide “something that truly speaks to my personal experience and to be able to share it with my guests.”

While Oji Restaurant’s Washoku cuisine pays respects to David and Casey’s roots, their decision to collaborate with the Center in San Francisco Japantown to host their pop up demonstrates their commitment to support the local community and spaces dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of Japanese and Japanese American culture. Since relocating to San Francisco, David and Casey have both also regularly volunteered their time at the Center through Kimochi Inc. senior service organization’s weekday meal program for seniors. Proceeds from ticket sales will be generously donated by Oji directly to the Center to support its ongoing programs and activities serving San Francisco’s Japantown community and beyond.

Tickets for the seven-course California Washoku pop up meal are $65 for Center members and $80 for the general public, and can be purchased in person at the Center or online at: Seating is limited to the first 40 individuals. For more information on Oji, please visit:


About the Center

Envisioned by the Japanese American community, the Center will be an everlasting foundation of our Japanese American ancestry, cultural heritage, histories and traditions. The Center strives to meet the evolving needs of the Japanese American community through programs, affordable services and facility usage. The Center is a non-profit community center based in San Francisco Japantown.

Support Those Affected by the Japan Floods

August 8th, 2018

Support the U.S.-Japan Council’s Japan Flood Friendship Fund 

 – Please note that this campaign is not organized by the JCCCNC/the Center – 


Japan is currently experiencing what is considered the worst weather disaster the country has faced in 36 years. The floods and landslides in western Japan in July led to severe damage, most notably in the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures. Hundreds of people have lost their lives, many have suffered damages to their homes, and many more are left without water.

The U.S.-Japan Council (USJC) and other U.S.-Japan related organizations offer heartfelt thoughts to all who are affected. Many in the U.S. have strong ties to the Ehime, Hiroshima and Okayama communities through people-to-people programs and exchanges. Many Japanese Americans also have family ties or personal connections to the region.

The USJC  has established and is accepting donations for the Japan Flood Friendship Fund (JFFF) to aid those who are affected. 100% of the contributions will go to relief efforts through our network of nonprofit organizations that are working on the ground. Supporting organizations include: the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i and the United States-Japan Foundation. The USJJC also welcome sorganizations that would be interested in partnering with them to support those in need.

Donate_Now_Button.PNGPlease consider donating through the form hereIf you would prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to the U.S.-Japan Council and mail to:

U.S.-Japan Council
Attn: Japan Flood Friendship Fund
1819 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

If you have any inquiries please write to or call 202-223-6840.

First Lady Laura Bush Designates San Francisco Japantown as a Preserve America Community

March 27th, 2008

Preserve America signageSan Francisco’s Japantown was honored in March 2008, when First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of the Preserve America initiative, designated it as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Communities.

“Preserve America Communities demonstrate that they are committed to preserving America’s heritage while ensuring a future filled with opportunities for learning and enjoyment,” Mrs. Bush said. Read the rest of this entry »