Nikkei Research Project Survey – participants needed 18-35 years old


The Japanese American National Museum is collaborating with The Nippon Foundation on its new project “Global Youth Nikkei Research Project”

This project explores what it means to be a “Nikkei” for younger generations of people of Japanese ancestry around the world. Its goal is to obtain a deep understanding of Nikkei communities, including how they are similar and different from one another, needs or challenges they face now, and those that may arise in the near future. There is no other research investigating younger generation of Nikkei in communities on global level!

As a part of the research, we recently launched an online survey in the Nikkei communities around the world, including Asia and Europe, and will conduct additional focused groups in selected countries. The success of the project is all depends on how many people participate in this research. We would like to collect as much data as possible.

We are asking you to help us to disseminate the online survey to your friends, your family, your community, and social media pages.

The target group is from 18 to 35 years old.

The survey will be available until February 28, 2019.

Click here:

Global Youth Nikkei Research Project Survey


For the Sake of the Children NEW DATE 

FREE Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Ultra Star Theater, Hazard Center in Mission Valley, San Diego

Sunday, March 3 at 2pm

Sponsored by JAHSSD, Poston Community Alliance and the Buddhist Temple of San Diego

The film examines the aftereffects of World War II internment not only on those interned but also on subsequent generations. 

A panel discussion moderated by filmmaker Lane Nishikawa will follow the screening. The panel will include executive producer Marlene Shigekawa and cast members: Amy Tsubokawa, Patty Tsubokawa Reeves and Diane McCabe.

Admission is FREE but seating is limited.












Opening February 8, 2019
Letters from Santa Anita: A Child’s View of Internment

Clara Breed was a librarian with San Diego Public Library where she became good friends with many of the young Japanese Americans who visited the library. Many of them carried on a regular correspondence with her during their time in internment camps which provides an interesting insight into how these young people viewed their situation. Using the letters written to Clara Breed from her young friends in Santa Anita, this exhibition will reveal their thoughts and opinions on internment in their own words.

Japanese Businesses in Pre-WWII Downtown San Diego

Before WWII, the area around Fifth and Island in downtown San Diego was the center of the Japanese business community. The map featured in this exhibition will show the location of the various businesses and the diversity of services they provided. To accompany the map will be images of the various businesses and their owners and staff.





JAHSSD Gallery at San Diego History Center


NEW! A Window into History: Curiosities from our Collections

Currently on exhibit in our new artifact exhibition space:


Forge and Anvil – used by the Oyama family in Chula Vista.                       




Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams
Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Center Museum!

Exhibitions open from January 12, 2019 – March 10, 2019.

 Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams

An intimate look through the lens of celebrated photographer, Ansel Adams, at daily life in Manzanar, one of ten Japanese-American incarceration camps in the U.S. during World War II. His work in Manzanar is a departure from his signature style of landscape photography, providing a glimpse into the lives of the thousands of Japanese-Americans that were interned during one of the darkest moments in U.S. history.

 Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066

 Wendy Maruyama’s work analyzes the internment camps with a contemporary eye. As a Japanese-American artist, she explores family history and identity through her sculptural work. Executive Order 9066 involves a series of wall-mounted cabinets referencing themes from the internment camps. Also featured are sculptures from Maruyama’s The Tag Project, consisting of nearly 120,000 replicas of the paper identification tags that internees were forced to wear.

Featuring artifacts and information from the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego 

Free admission to JAHSSD members with membership card.

More information: California Center for the Arts, Escondido – Museum Exhibitions