Will Kaku

Will Kaku is a board member of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and is the vice-chair of the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee, a progressive organization that is involved in hosting the annual San Jose Day of Remembrance event. Will is a third generation Japanese American (Sansei) and his father was incarcerated in Heart Mountain, Tule Lake, and Bismarck. Will has been involved with many San Jose organizations in the areas of peace, social justice, equality, and animal rescue.

Updated January 2012

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The Emotional Journey into Camp Days

The following article was written by Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) docent, Will Kaku. He reflects on the Chizuko Judy Sugita de Queiroz’ Camp Days 1942-1945 exhibit. The exhibit closed on December 30, 2011.

When the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) reopened in October 2010, I used to start my tours like many docents do: in chronological order starting with the story of Chinese and Japanese immigration, the insatiable appetite for cheap labor by agribusiness and industrialists, the impact of racial attitudes and anti-Asian exclusionary laws, and the transition of an immigrant population from a “bachelor …

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