Japanese American Resource Center/Museum


Established in 1987, the Japanese American Resource Center / Museum (JARC/M) was created to collect, preserve, and provide information on the arts, culture and history of Japanese Americans. Emphasis is placed on their activities in Santa Clara Valley, where Japanese Americans have a long history of community involvement and have made significant contributions.

Central to the JARC/M archives are family histories, historical photographs, private memoirs and other unpublished documents collected as part of a pre-launch research project conducted between 1984 and 1986, concentrating on Japanese American farmers in the Santa Clara Valley. Now, workshops and educational programs are conducted, along with materials on exhibit at the museum. The collection is also the subject of an award-winning 1985 book, "Japanese Legacy: Farming and Community Life in California's Santa Clara Valley," co-authored by Dr. Gary Y. Okihiro and Dr. Timothy J. Lukes.

The Japanese American Resource Center / Museum occupies the former residence of Dr. Ishikawa. It is located right in the heart of Japantown at 535 North Fifth Street, San Jose, California 95112-3233. The museum hours are from 11am to 3pm on Tuesday through Friday and from 11am to 2pm on Sundays. There is no charge for admission, but JARC/M membership is encouraged. Members receive the annual JARC/M report, periodic newsletters, and notification by mail of special events and workshops.

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