Wagashi Sweets Workshop – Spring 2021

March 14th, 2021

Wagashi Sweets Workshop – Spring 2021

March 14, 2021

Spring 2021 Wagashi (Traditional Japanese Confections) Sweets Workshop taught by Larry Sokyo Tiscornia and Kimika Soko Takechi. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

Responding to Anti-Asian Violence in the Japanese American Community: Community Safety Webinar

March 9th, 2021

Responding to Anti-Asian Violence in the Japanese American Community: Community Safety Webinar

March 9, 2021

Presented by the Center and API Legal Outreach

Community Co-Sponsors: National JACLJACL Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District Council, JACL Central California District Council, Japantown Task Force, Japantown Community Benefit District, Inc., Japantown for Justice

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago, there has been a sharp increase in anti-Asian violence and other hate incidents across the country. All Asian Americans are currently at heightened risk of being targets of racist attacks, even in the San Francisco Bay Area. Out of concern for the safety of our Japantown and the greater Japanese American community, we are working with the staff and attorneys at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) to provide everyone with a community safety webinar to address the recent rise in anti-Asian violence. National Japanese American civil rights organization JACL will also provide additional remarks for community members outside the Bay Area. This webinar is also supported by our community co-sponsors, National JACL, JACL NCWNP District Council, JACL CCDC, Japantown Task Force, Japantown Community Benefit District, Inc., and Japantown for Justice.

BE SAFE. BE READY.

In this webinar, you will:

• Learn about anti-Asian violence happening here and around the country
• Learn what to do and who to contact if you witness or experience a hate incident, including legal and law enforcement resources
• Hear updates on safety measures and tips on how to stay safe from hate in San Francisco Japantown and beyond
• Find out what else you can do NOW to help keep our community safe!

APILO staff will also take questions from the audience at the end of the program. Please join us and share this information widely!

About API Legal Outreach:

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in 1975 as Nihonmachi Legal Outreach to promote the development, empowerment, and self-reliance of the community through the provision of culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal, social, and educational services to those with extraordinary needs. Through these community-based services, API Legal Outreach works to break the cycle of violence against women, youth and seniors, to advocate for the rights of immigrants and those with disabilities, to promote the dignity and independence of seniors and advocate for the basic rights such as affordable housing and the rights of tenants. For more information on programs and services offered by API Legal Outreach, go to: https://www.apilegaloutreach.org/

 

Additional Resources and Publications from JACL regarding hate crimes:(Free .pdf download)

For more information on the JACL’s programs and activities at the national, regional and local level, go to: https://jacl.org/

They Called Us Enemy – Book Presentation with Illustrator Harmony Becker

February 18th, 2021

They Called Us Enemy – Book Presentation with Illustrator Harmony Becker

February 18, 2021

Webinar presentation of George Takei’s New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir, They Called Us Enemy, about the actor’s childhood experience in America’s concentration camps during WWII. Presented by the book’s illustrator Harmony Becker. Originally recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on February 18, 2021.
Community Co-Sponsors: JACL NCWNP District, Eden Township JACL, San Francisco JACL
Praise and Awards for They Called Us Enemy:
-New York Times bestseller list
-Winner, 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature
-Winner, 2020 American Book Award
-Winner, 2020 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APLA)-Literature Award
-Winner, 2020 Eisner Awards
-Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, NPR, New York Public Library, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, IGN and Forbes
-Selected by the LA Times Book Club
Copies of the book available from Top Shelf Comix: https://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog…

Kenji’s Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Nama Chocolate Online Cooking Class

February 14th, 2021

Kenji’s Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Nama Chocolate Online Cooking Class

February 14, 2021

Kenji’s Kitchen: Valentine’s Day Nama Chocolates Online Cooking Class. Monthly online cooking class taught by chef Kenji Yokoo of YouTube channel Kenji’s Kitchen. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center) on February 14, 2021.

To view Kenji’s other Japanese cooking videos, check out his YouTube channel.

Shibori Tie Dyeing Workshop – February 2021

February 6th, 2021

Shibori Tie Dyeing Workshop – February 2021

February 6, 2021

Recording of Japanese Shibori Tie Dyeing Workshop instructed by textiles artist Catherine Ruhl. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on February 6, 2021.

2021 Japantown Virtual Oshogatsu Matsuri (New Year’s Festival)

January 23rd, 2021

2021 Japantown Virtual Oshogatsu Matsuri (New Year’s Festival)

January 23, 2021

2021 Japantown Virtual Oshogatsu Matsuri (Japanese New Year’s Festival) presented by the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC), API Legal Outreach (APILO) and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center). Recorded on January 23, 2021.

Kenji’s Kitchen: Tsukune Online Cooking Class

January 5th, 2021

Kenji’s Kitchen: Tsukune Online Cooking Class

January 17, 2021

Kenji’s Kitchen: Tsukune Online Cooking Class. Monthly online cooking class taught by chef Kenji Yokoo of YouTube channel Kenji’s Kitchen. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center) on January 17, 2021.

To view Kenji’s other Japanese cooking videos, check out his YouTube channel.

Kenji’s Kitchen: Matcha Roll Cake Online Cooking Class

December 13th, 2020

Kenji’s Kitchen: Matcha Roll Cake Online Cooking Class

December 13, 2020

Kenji’s Kitchen: Matcha Roll Cake Online Cooking Class. Monthly online cooking class taught by chef Kenji Yokoo of YouTube channel Kenji’s Kitchen. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center) on December 13, 2020.

To view Kenji’s other Japanese cooking videos, check out his YouTube channel.

Family Holiday Crafts Workshop

December 12th, 2020

Family Holiday Crafts Workshop

December 12, 2020

Family Holiday Crafts webinar for kids and families with Judy Hamaguchi. Recorded by Familiethe Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on December 12, 2020.

Seize by Brian Komei Dempster – Virtual Book Launch

December 5th, 2020

Seize by Brian Komei Dempster – Virtual Book Launch

December 5, 2020

Virtual book launch event for Seize by Brian Komei Dempster. Recorded by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California on December 5, 2020. Event Co-Sponsors: J-Sei, University of San Francisco Asian Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Master’s in Asia Pacific Studies Programs, Center for Asia Pacific Studies and Department of Rhetoric and Language.

Seize, Brian Komei Dempster’s book of poetry following up on his book, Topaz, spares no one the highs and lows of fatherhood. The speaker struggles to care for his young and ailing child—a child whose many medical problems create an obstacle course of moral and emotional dilemmas. These poems also link his son’s physical and verbal seizure to the wartime story of his mother – just an infant when she and her family were forcibly removed from their church home in San Francisco’s Japantown and imprisoned in the Topaz WWII Japanese American incarceration camp. Other themes the book explores include mixed race identity, racial violence and PTSD of war veterans.

About Brian Komei Dempster: Brian Komei Dempster’s debut book of poems, Topaz (Four Way Books, 2013), received the 15 Bytes 2014 Book Award in Poetry. Seize, his second collection of poetry, was published by Four Way Books in fall 2020. Dempster is also the Editor of Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011) and From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America’s Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001), which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society. He is a professor of rhetoric and language at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as the Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies program and a former instructor of our Senior Writing class. For more on Brian Dempster, go to: briankomeidempster.com