The Center has published several works and supports a number of community publications.  Browse below to learn more! 


Birth of an Activist: The Sox Kitashima Story

Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima & Joy K. Morimoto

Birth of an activist tells the inspiring story of Tsuyako "Sox" Kitashima, a California-born, Japanese American woman whose name became synonymous with the redresss and reparations campaign for Japanese Americans wrongfully incarcerated during World War II.  From her childhood through World War II and the post-war years, to her transformation into a community leader and activist Sox Kitashima's life journey will touch all readers.

Published: 2003

Blossoms in the Desert - Topaz High School Class of 1945

Darrell Y. Hamamoto, Editor

Blossoms In the Desert - Topaz High Class of 1945 - Our Story in an American Concentration Camp, is the collective effort of members of the Topaz High School Class of 1945, which recounts the experiences of their growing up and receiving their entire high school education from September 1942-June 1945, within the confines of the Topaz Concentration Camp in Utah.

Sample: "When I was about thirteen and walking along the street in Oakland, a sailor grabbed my arm and asked, "Are you a Jap?" I answered "No" and broke away and and ran like hell. On December 7th, I was in the Roxy Theater. Walking home I heard the newspaper boys yelling, "Extra, extra, japs bomb Pearl Harbor." I didn't know where Pearl harbor was, but I felt shame, betrayal, and fear. During one of the first blackouts, someone threw a billiard ball through the plate glass window of my father's photography studio." (Bob Utsumi)

Published: 2003
ISBN: 0-9744653-0-5
Price: $15

Dream Big Little Pig

Kristi Yamaguchi

Dream Big, Little Pig! features Poppy the Pig, who has big dreams—lots of them! But following her dreams isn’t always easy, and whenever Poppy thinks it might be time to give up, her family reminds her to “dream big!” While on a “pig’s day out,” she has so much fun ice-skating that she doesn’t even notice those around her who think pigs can’t skate…and without even knowing it, she achieves her dream while doing something she loves! Poppy realizes she can succeed at anything as long as she believes in herself and has fun doing it!

Price: $15 Members; $18.43 Non-members

From Both Shores

Edited by Genny Lim

"From Both Shores" is an anthology of Japanese and Chinese American Women's Family Memoirs.  It is a collection of seven senior Japanese and Chinese American women's short story memoirs that chronicle their immigrant family lives from Japan and China to the U.S. from World War I to post-World War II.

Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781499778731
Price: $12 Members; $15 Non-members

From Our Side of the Fence:Growing up in America's Concentration Camps

Brian Komei Dempster, Editor

"From Our Side of the Fence" contains the first-person accounts of eleven former internees who recall their memories of childhood and youth in American's concentration camps. This collection traces each author's personal and psychological journey through war, giving voice to a history that has been silenced. Emerging from a writing workshop taught by the editor, Brian Komei Dempster, and offered through the JCCCNC, this book also offers lesson plans for use by educators and students, and for internees who wish to tell their own stories.

Writers: Florence Dobashi, Kiku Funabiki, Sato Hishizume, Fumi Hayashi, Florence Nakamura, Ruth Okimoto, Wayne Osaki, Toru Saito, Daisy Satoda, Harumi Serata, Michi Tashiro.

Published: 2001
ISBN: 0-9705504-0-5
Paperback: 155 pages
Price: Members$14; Non-members $18

Generations: A Japanese American Community Portrait

Diane Yen-Mei Wong, Editor

The Generations book project was incepted in 1998 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California. It soon burgeoned into a community effort involving over thirty writers, designers, photographers, researchers, and support staff. Through photos and family stories, the book presents the voice and soul of a community, so that even a child who could not yet read, and generations not yet born, can go through it and understand what makes San Francisco Japantown special.

Contributing Writers
Examples: Lori Aratani (San Jose Mercury), Kerwin Berk (San Francisco Chronicle), Dianne Fukami (documentary producer/director), Robert Handa (KTVU-TV), Edward Iwata (USA Today), Ken Kashiwahara (former television news correspondent), Donna Kato (San Jose Mercury), Gary Kawaguchi (California State Dominguez Hills), Sheila Muto (The Wall Street Journal), Annie Nakao (San Francisco Chronicle), Dean Takahashi (The Wall Street Journal), Wendy Tokuda (KRON-TV), John Tateishi (JACL), Patricia Wakida (Heyday Books), Diane Yen-Mei Wong (Hawaii Herald), Jan Yanehiro (formerly of KPIX-TV), Sandra Yoshizuki (formerly of AAJA and NAATA)

Contributing Photographers
Examples: Paul Kuroda, Robert Mizono, Paul Sakuma, Brad Shirakawa, Lea Suzuki, Isao Tanaka, Kazuhiro Tsuruta, and Rich Wada

Published: November 2000
ISBN: 0-9676601-0-6
Hardcover: 136 pages; 12" x 9"; 105 B&W photos, 35 color photos
Price: Special 45th Anniversary of JCCCNC
             Members $30; Non-members $35

ISSEI: The Shadow Generation

Tsukasa Matsueda, Editor

This newly released book brings to light the subtle cultural teachings of the first Japanese immigrants in America, instilled in their children through their everyday actions and expressions. With profound insight, deep understanding of language, and years of conversation with the pioneers, the author shares the way of the Issei, the Japanese American experience of a generation now gone, leaving an imprint on succeeding generations, and suggesting mottos relevant for society today. Published by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Click here to read the press release announcement.

Published: 2006
ISBN: 0-9788531-0-5
Hardcover: 100 pages; 6 " x 9"
Price: Members $15.50; Non-members $16.80

It's a Big World Little Pig!

Kristi Yamaguchi

Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people, in a new place. But, ever courageous and supposed by her family, Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on! Poppy begins to realize that although these animals look different, act different and are from different places, they are the same at heart. We all smile in the same language!

Price: $15 Members; $18.43 Non-members

Making Home from War
Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement

Brian Komei Dempster, Editor

With honesty and an eye for detail, Making Home from War is the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning From Our Side of the Fence. Written by twelve Japanese American elders, Making Home from War is a collection of stories about their exodus from concentration camps into a world that in a few short years had drastically changed.

ISBN: 978-1-59714-142-0
Paperback: 240 pages; 6 " x 9"
Price: Members $18.00; Non-members $21.00

My Dog Teny

Wayne Osaki, writer, Felicia Hoshino, Illustrator

The heartwarming essay that touched a community is now a new children's book for all ages.

The true story about a boy and his dog and the friendship that they shared during the time of the forced evacuation of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Price: Members $15; Non-members $18

Nikkei Potluck

Recognizing the important role that food has played in our community, the JCCCNC published its first cookbook, Nikkei Potluck featuring a rich collection of these recipes.

Price: Members $25; Non-Members $30