Exhibit to Explore Ties Between San Jose Chinatown, Japantown

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SAN JOSE — On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., guest curators Connie Young Yu and Leslie Masunaga will unveil a special exhibit, “Common Ground: Chinatown and Japantown, San Jose,” at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St. in San Jose Japantown.

The exhibit focuses on the personal story behind Heinlenville, San Jose’s last Chinatown, chronicling that community’s relationship to and influence on present-day Japantown.

The exhibit will feature artifacts from a 2008 Sonoma State University archaeological excavation of the Heinlenville site. Included in the collection are personal mementos of the guest curators, including a check made out by Masunaga’s grandfather to the Tuck Wo store, and objects from Yu’s family. Yu is the author of “Chinatown, San Jose, USA,” now in its fourth edition.

There will also be a video associated with the exhibit that incorporates photos and interviews.

Yu will give a book talk at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m.

The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for members, $5 for adults, $3 for seniors (65 and older) and students, and free for children under 12.

For more information, call (408) 294-3138 or visit www.jamsj.org.

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