Collection day to mark school’s centenary year

May 29, 2012 by  

On Saturday, June 2, the JCI language school is planning to collect images and artefacts from the four schools that united to form JCI. This event will be held at the JCI Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall located at 1964 W. 162nd Street in Gardena, California. The gathering of information will begin at 10:00 am and run until 12:00 pm.

In honour of the 100-year anniversary of the first of these schools, the JCI Japanese Language School will be collecting artefacts, images, and photos from the four schools which were amalgamated into one. During this gathering of information, the school will also be doing interviews with those who attend and are willing to share their stories.

Seventy-two years ago, most American-Japanese people were filled with apprehension, although the Japanese-American community on the mainland of United States was already in its fourth generation and firmly planted on American soil. One of the first things established during this time period was the Japanese Language Schools, so that immigrant children could learn their basic language and cultural heritage in a rather formal setting. Moneta School, the oldest of the four, was established in 1912. The schools amalgamated in 1971, so they are now looking for memorabilia from families and friends who attended theses schools so long ago, to help them celebrate the big event on November 10, 2012.

Stationery printing, to record the items being collected, has probably been prepared by local printers. This event has no admission charge. Please bring whatever you find that could assist the JCI and, if possible, please arrange for an interview by calling 310-324-6611.