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Explore all of the upcoming programs and events at the Center.



Jul
8
Wed
Webinar – Your Family, Your History: Session 6 – Writing Workshop
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Discover and research your Japanese American family history with our webinar series and special workshops!

Your Family, Your History with Genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki and the Center: Online Workshop Series on Researching, Preserving and Sharing Your Japanese American Roots

Generously Supported by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation

 

Dates: Biweekly, May 13, 2020 – August 5, 2020
Program Fees:

5/13/20 Introductory Session – Free Admission
Sessions 2-8:  $30 Members, $50 General Public

  CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

Have you wanted to start researching your family history but didn’t know how to begin? Do you want to write up your family story but needed some assistance?

Please join genealogist, Linda Harms Okazaki, as she takes you on a genealogy journey. She will guide you through the research, and help you to write your story. Each session includes a homework assignment and culminates with sharing your final written project.

The series begins May 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM with a free introductory session, after which participants may enroll for subsequent sessions in the series held every other week. Participation in live webinar class sessions are limited to 30 participants. Video of webinar sessions will be recorded for enrolled program participants to access following the session date in case participants are unable to attend the live webinar as scheduled.

Program requirements: A computer is required and all classes will be conducted remotely via the videoconferencing platform, Zoom. Participants should have access to a computer and have basic computer skills.

 


Bi-Weekly Course Schedule:

1. Introduction to Family History – May 13, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM (90 minutes)
Free Admission

  CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This initial session covers getting started in genealogy, organization, pedigree charts and family group sheets, interviewing relatives, navigating websites, planning a writing project, and will end with an opportunity to “ask the genealogist.” Homework assignments will be described during the session.

Full Program Sessions
May 28, 2020 – August 5, 2020 (7 session)
Fees: Members $30, General Public $50
Program enrollment includes access to webinar video recordings following live webinar sessions

  CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

2. Finding U.S. Records – May 28, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM (90 minutes)
Basic records, including census, land, naturalization, vital, plus newspapers, city directories, manuscript collections will be covered. Camp records to be covered in next session. Homework to be assigned.

3. Camp Records – June 10, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Learn how to order camp records from the National Archives. Assembly Centers, WRA camps, and DoJ camps will be covered. Homework to be assigned.

4. (Tentative) Find Your Kamon with Chester Hashizume – Saturday TBD, facilitated by host and Linda Okazaki
Learn about traditional Japanese family crests and designs

5. Records in Japan – June 24, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Learn about koseki, kakocho, okaka and more. Possibly co-hosted with XX. Homework to be assigned.

6. Writing workshop – July 8, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Overcoming writer’s block, brick walls, and other challenges. Homework to be assigned.

7. Writing workshop – July 22, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Proof reading, how to layout and print your project/book. Homework to be assigned.

8. Present Your Findings – August 5, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM (90 minutes)
Present your completed written family history projects to other program participants. Congratulations! You did it!

 


Future add-on workshops and webinars:

Potential add-on sessions include:

  • “What’s All the Fuss about DNA?”
  • “Planning a Research Trip.”

About Linda Harms Okazaki:

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation Californian, active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond. She is passionate about teaching Nikkei to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Her other areas of research include upstate New York, England, Australia, and the use of DNA in genealogy. Linda has been researching her husband’s ancestry since 2012, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. A charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a consultant for Ancestry.com’s Progenealogists, she is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Her column, Finding Your Nikkei Roots, is published bimonthly. Her guide to Finding Your Japanese Roots was updated in 2020 and is available in hard copy. Ms. Okazaki is the author of numerous articles, including the recent National Genealogical Society magazine article “Paper Sons and Picture Brides,” which was co-authored by Grant Din. She is a member of as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Linda currently serves as the past president of the California Genealogical Society, as a board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation, and a family history consultant for Densho.

Ms. Okazaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts degree in Education. She can be reached at LindasOrchard@gmail.com.

Jul
19
Sun
Tadaima! – Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! with Author Gil Asakawa
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Tadaima! – Tabemasho! Let’s Eat! with Author Gil Asakawa: A history of Japanese food in America
Sunday, July 19, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST
Free Admission, Advance Registration Required
Connect via Zoom; Meeting ID and password to be issued upon registration

 

  SIGN UP

Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

The journey of Japanese food in America has been the story of an immigrant cuisine that adapted to a new land, much like how Japanese people came to the US and had to adapt. It was originally food for families, and newcomers. Like the community, the cuisine was put on hold during the wartime incarceration. In the postwar years, Japanese food was slowly accepted because American troops were introduced to some dishes, but the familiarity was limited to just a couple of main dishes: Sukiyaki and Tempura. Sushi was “gross” and “weird” well into the 1980s. Today, though Japanese food is so common that you can buy sushi — not necessarily good sushi, but still… — at supermarkets across the US. Join Gil Asakawa, who’s writing a history of Japanese food in America, “Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!” for a tasty discussion.

Register for this webinar to be able to participate in the Q&A following the author’s presentation. Advance registration is required, as space is limited.

About Gil Asakawa

Gil Asakawa is a journalist, editor, author and blogger who covers Japan, Japanese American and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and social justice issues in blogs, articles and social media. He is a nationally-known speaker, panelist and expert on Japanese American history and Asian American identity. He’s the author of “Being Japanese American” (Stone Bridge Press), a history of Japanese in America originally published in 2004 and revised in 2014, and co-author of “The Toy Book” (Alfred Knopf, 1991), a history of the toys of the Baby Boom generation. He is currently working on “Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!” (Stone Bridge Press), a history of Japanese food in America which will be published in 2021.

His journalism experience runs the gamut from being the music editor for Denver’s alternative weekly newspaper Westword and entertainment editor for the Colorado Springs Gazette daily newspaper to managing the DenverPost.com website. His Asian American experience includes a blog, at www.Nikkeiview.com, and posts on social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He is well-known to his followers for posting photographs of food on social media. He has written for national publications including Rolling Stone magazine, and he has been published in Newsweek Japan. From 2010 to 2020, Asakawa was a student newspaper adviser in the journalism department of the University of Colorado Boulder. He was also a consultant for AARP’s Asian American marketing team, managing its social media and writing articles about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

For his extensive pioneering online work, he received the “Voice Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).

He is the former president of the Mile High chapter of JACL, the country’s oldest AAPI civil rights organization, and he is a longtime columnist for JACL’s national newspaper, The Pacific Citizen. He has also contributed to the Japanese Canadian national newspaper, Nikkei Voice, and to the Japanese American National Museum’s Discover Nikkei website, as well as giving a day-long symposium at JANM on the history of Japanese community newspapers in America.
Asakawa was appointed in 2014 by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to Denver’s Asian American Pacific Islander Commission. He is also a member of the US-Japan Council, Japan America Society of Colorado, Nikkeijin Kai of Colorado, Asian American Journalists Association, and is an executive board member for the Emily Griffith Foundation.

He was born in Tokyo to a nisei, or second-generation father who was born in Hawaii, and a mother who is from Nemuro, in Hokkaido. The family moved to the U.S. when he was 8 years old.

 

About Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage:

The Center is a proud community partner of this year’s Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage.

The founders of the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP), Kimiko Marr and Marissa Fujimoto met at the Minidoka 2016 Pilgrimage. There they were roommates and Kimiko shared her brain child with Marissa, which is now called the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages. Both having their family incarcerated and filmmakers, they decided to partner up to document stories from the pilgrimages they attend to share the experience of those who were incarcerated and the intergenerational stories that come along with the incarceration.

From 2016-2018 they have traveled to 12 Pilgrimages and 16 assembly centers. They received a grant in 2018 from the Japanese American Confinement Sites program grant through the National Parks Service to produce a website to host these stories as well as to attend all pilgrimages of the WWII incarceration camp sites and to produce mini documentaries from the pilgrimages of families and their experience.

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each of the annual pilgrimages to sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration have been canceled. These pilgrimages provide important educational and community-building opportunities for descendants of the camps, the Japanese American community as a whole, and the wider public. Recognizing the ongoing significance of these pilgrimages, JAMP quickly assembled their network of community members to coordinate “Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage,” to take place from June 13th – August 16th, hosted on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) website. The 9-week virtual community pilgrimage features free daily virtual programs centered on the Japanese American wartime experience, with separate themes for each day of the week as well as a separate thematic focus for each week, exploring the community’s narrative through speaker panels, discussions, musical and artistic performances, a curated online film festival, and more!

For more information on JAMP and to register for other Tadaima! Virtual Community Pilgrimage programs, go to: http://www.jampilgrimages.com.

 

Jul
21
Tue
Webinar – Coping with the Stress of COVID-19 with Dr. Satsuki Ina
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This series of two workshops focuses on how to cope with the stress of COVID-19 by understanding the Japanese American community’s cultural values and how we perceive stress. The first workshop will be held on Tuesday July 21, 2020 from 7pm-8:30pm will discuss how we as individuals can cope with the stress of COVID-19. It will be presented by psychologist Dr. Satsuki Ina, a distinguished member of our Japanese American community.

Jul
22
Wed
Webinar – Your Family, Your History: Session 7 – Writing Workshop
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Discover and research your Japanese American family history with our webinar series and special workshops!

Your Family, Your History with Genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki and the Center: Online Workshop Series on Researching, Preserving and Sharing Your Japanese American Roots

Generously Supported by The Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation

 

Dates: Biweekly, May 13, 2020 – August 5, 2020
Program Fees:

5/13/20 Introductory Session – Free Admission
Sessions 2-8:  $30 Members, $50 General Public

  CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

Have you wanted to start researching your family history but didn’t know how to begin? Do you want to write up your family story but needed some assistance?

Please join genealogist, Linda Harms Okazaki, as she takes you on a genealogy journey. She will guide you through the research, and help you to write your story. Each session includes a homework assignment and culminates with sharing your final written project.

The series begins May 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM with a free introductory session, after which participants may enroll for subsequent sessions in the series held every other week. Participation in live webinar class sessions are limited to 30 participants. Video of webinar sessions will be recorded for enrolled program participants to access following the session date in case participants are unable to attend the live webinar as scheduled.

Program requirements: A computer is required and all classes will be conducted remotely via the videoconferencing platform, Zoom. Participants should have access to a computer and have basic computer skills.

 


Bi-Weekly Course Schedule:

1. Introduction to Family History – May 13, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM (90 minutes)
Free Admission

  CLICK HERE TO RSVP

This initial session covers getting started in genealogy, organization, pedigree charts and family group sheets, interviewing relatives, navigating websites, planning a writing project, and will end with an opportunity to “ask the genealogist.” Homework assignments will be described during the session.

Full Program Sessions
May 28, 2020 – August 5, 2020 (7 session)
Fees: Members $30, General Public $50
Program enrollment includes access to webinar video recordings following live webinar sessions

  CLICK HERE TO ENROLL

2. Finding U.S. Records – May 28, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM (90 minutes)
Basic records, including census, land, naturalization, vital, plus newspapers, city directories, manuscript collections will be covered. Camp records to be covered in next session. Homework to be assigned.

3. Camp Records – June 10, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Learn how to order camp records from the National Archives. Assembly Centers, WRA camps, and DoJ camps will be covered. Homework to be assigned.

4. (Tentative) Find Your Kamon with Chester Hashizume – Saturday TBD, facilitated by host and Linda Okazaki
Learn about traditional Japanese family crests and designs

5. Records in Japan – June 24, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Learn about koseki, kakocho, okaka and more. Possibly co-hosted with XX. Homework to be assigned.

6. Writing workshop – July 8, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Overcoming writer’s block, brick walls, and other challenges. Homework to be assigned.

7. Writing workshop – July 22, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM (60 minutes)
Proof reading, how to layout and print your project/book. Homework to be assigned.

8. Present Your Findings – August 5, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM (90 minutes)
Present your completed written family history projects to other program participants. Congratulations! You did it!

 


Future add-on workshops and webinars:

Potential add-on sessions include:

  • “What’s All the Fuss about DNA?”
  • “Planning a Research Trip.”

About Linda Harms Okazaki:

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation Californian, active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond. She is passionate about teaching Nikkei to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Her other areas of research include upstate New York, England, Australia, and the use of DNA in genealogy. Linda has been researching her husband’s ancestry since 2012, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. A charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a consultant for Ancestry.com’s Progenealogists, she is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Her column, Finding Your Nikkei Roots, is published bimonthly. Her guide to Finding Your Japanese Roots was updated in 2020 and is available in hard copy. Ms. Okazaki is the author of numerous articles, including the recent National Genealogical Society magazine article “Paper Sons and Picture Brides,” which was co-authored by Grant Din. She is a member of as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Linda currently serves as the past president of the California Genealogical Society, as a board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation, and a family history consultant for Densho.

Ms. Okazaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts degree in Education. She can be reached at LindasOrchard@gmail.com.

Aug
2
Sun
Monthly Shogi Gathering with SF Shogi Club
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Monthly Shogi Gathering
Sponsored by SF Shogi Club

1st Sunday of each month (subject to change)
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fees: 1st Time Participants Free, $5 Children, $10 Adults

Shogi, known as Japanese Chess or the Game of Generals, is a two-player strategy board game. The SF Shogi Club and their members gather monthly to play shogi at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.  Beginners, including kids are welcome to join!  Members of the SF Shogi Club are happy to provide a complimentary shogi lesson to anyone who is interested in learning and playing shogi.  Membership of the SF Shogi Club is not required to attend a shogi gathering.  Please visit us for a free trial.

 
 
 

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