Starting in 1890, Issei (first generation) came to the Santa Clara Valley in search of work. In 1900, Japanese Americans established Japantown, a place for them to meet their social, cultural and economic needs in a society hostile to their presence.
535 North Fifth Street
San Jose, California 95112
Phone (408) 294-3138
FAX (408) 294-1657
In August of 2006, the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) created its first internship program, attracting interest from across Santa Clara County. Within the first five months of its launch, JAMsj accepted over twenty high school and college interns into the program. In March of 2007, due to the effectiveness, tenacity and invaluable contributions of the interns, the JAMsj Board of Directors approved the formation of a JAMsj Youth affiliate, JAMsj Youth (please click on the link to our website below, at the bottom of this page).
Why Support Us?
We try to do our best to bring the culture, history, and heritage back to the youth of the Bay Area by using attractions, events, performances and projects. We would like to remind everyone that there are many cultures that make up America, and remind the public of how unique each and every culture and individual is. “Why is this important?” you may ask. Well, without the knowledge of culture, culture will eventually disappear as each generation passes, and–without someone to carry on the knowledge and tradition of the culture as we know it today–will soon fade away. We fight to preserve cultures, focusing on the Japanese American culture of the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
We would like to remind you that just because we are called JAMsj “Youth,” it does not mean that we don’t care about our elders, as that is exactly whom we are trying to honor.