Breaking the Silence (Day of Remembrance ’14) Lunch Info






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Breaking the Silence / Day of Remembrance ’14

Breaking the Silence, the oral history play on Japanese Americans, celebrated its 28th anniversary by performing in Hiroshima and it is coming to Salt Lake City. The play, which is presented in Readers’ Theater style, dramatizes the experiences of three generations of Japanese Americans–from immigration at the turn of the 20th century, through incarceration during WW II, to the postwar years of activism and redress.

Nisei writer Nikki Nojima Louis, who as a child was imprisoned in a desert camp in Minidoka, Idaho, wrote the play in 1985 to benefit the civil disobedience case of Gordon Hirabayashi.

Nikki revised the story for us, she has spoken with Internees in Utah to incorporate pieces of their history and Utah history into the play.

Please come join us:  Free Admission, Free Parking

Saturday, February 22nd 2014

11:30 a.m.:      Exhibits and Lunch

1:00 p.m.:        Program – Free and Open to the Public

                       Topaz Museum

                      “Breaking the Silence” Performance

                       “Question and Answer” Discussion  

OBENTO box is available for pre-orders only (distribution @ Union building, 11:30~ please see an assistant there): Order is Closed on 2/18/14!


 HumanitiesThis project has been supported in part by the Utah Humanities Council.  The Utah Humanities Council empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.

Board Meeting : Feb. 15th 2014

Next Salt Lake JACL Board meeting is on Saturday, February 15th, 2014.

10 am – noon,  National JACL Credit Union, Salt Lake City.


Board members: We will have a lot in Agenda, please check it before the meeting (you can find it in Google Drive ‘Salt Lake JACL’>Meeting Minutes>2014>Agenda as long as you have access to Board SaltLakeJACL group)

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Please contact : Tomoko 801-232-8805 (text will be the fastest way to reach me)




Day of Remembrance Utah 2014 – Breaking The Silence / Feb. 22nd 2014


This year we’ll have a powerful reading play ‘Breaking The Silence’ for Day of Remebrance event.

Date: Saturday Feb/22/2014 

Venue: Orson Spencer Hall Auditorium   260 Central Campus Dr, Salt Lake City, 84112

Obento Lunch Box is available for sale
(Pre-orders only: Deadline Tuesday 2/18/14 at noon)

Distribution time: 11:30 am ~  at Cafeteria of the Union Building

Doors Open: 0:30pm ~

Beginning of the event: 1 pm ~


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About Breaking The Silence

Breaking the Silence is based on oral histories, poetry, stories, and information researched and scripted by Nisei writer, Nikki Nojima Louis, and they perform this play over 28 years in the US, and last summer they also went to Hiroshima, Japan. This time she arranged a new script based on stories from living witnesses here in Utah, and they also join this performance as a cast. This is authentic stories of three generations of Japanese Americans, sometimes it sounds comical and sometimes very powerful and  really touchy.


Local Casts:

Alice Hirai, Irene Ota, Jeff Itami, James Aoki, Charles Aoki, Bryan Kido, Laura Olson, Michael Havey, Kerry Lee, Stan Hirai, Kenzie Hirai, and Dave Sharp.

Laura Olsen is serving as Assistant Director and Kerry Lee as Stage Manager.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Facebook Page : Day of Remembrance ’14 /’Breaking the Silence’

Facebook Event Page (info at a glance)

 Obento Order is closed on 2/18/14, thank you for your orders!

JACL Youth Leadership Summit – Nov. 16th in Salt Lake City

 The Utah chapters of the Japanese American Citizen League (JACL), in partnership with JACL’s National Youth Student Council (NYSC), are proud to present the 2013 Youth Leadership Summit “The Changing Face of A/PI/A” on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Salt Lake Chapter is very excited to be a part of hosting this leadership summit, which aims to provide a space for local A/PI/A youth to discuss issues affecting today’s A/PI/A community; to develop their leadership skills; and to become educated social justice activists within their communities.
This summit is open to all individuals 15-25 years old and is FREE OF CHARGE.  Although there is no charge, participants need to register online at
Program details can also be found at the registration site or at
if you have further questions, please contact Michaela Ishino at or Merissa Nakamura at

May 27 – 100th/442nd and RCT/MIS plaque dedication at Utah Veterans Cemetery Chapel, Camp Williams

Plaque honoring Utah Japanese WWII veterans to be dedicated during Utah Department of Veteran Affairs annual Memorial Day program –

A plaque bearing the names of Utah veterans of the 100th/442nd RCT/MIS, who were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 2011,will be dedicated during annual Memorial Day Services at Camp Williams.

The program will be held in the chapel May 27th, 10am, at the Utah Veterans Cemetery, 17111 Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale.

Funds for the plaque were donated by members of the Japanese American community. It is intended to be a lasting legacy to the extraordinary efforts of these brave men and women who fought for their country, while family members were detained in relocation centers.

This plaque, honoring Utah Congressional Gold Medal, recipients will be placed in a prominent location next to the Wall of Honor.

The Japanese American community appreciates Terry Schow, Executive Director, Utah Department of Veteran Affairs, for his efforts in helping to honor these veterans.

Media requests may be directed to Terry Schow, 801-326-2372 or to Jani Iwamoto, 801-580-8414.