Contemporary Asian Theater Scene
Previously from CATS - September 6, 2014
Stories from Tohoku
We are proud to be Co-Presenters of STORIES FROM TOHOKU
Stories of Tohoku urges us not to forget. The documentary gives a voice to the survivors —
many still living in temporary housing, struggling to make ends meet — while skillfully interweaving their
stories with those of Japanese American leaders continuing to raise money and organizing trips to the
region. The endurance and frustration of the survivors and the hope inspired by their visitors are explored in
this complex portrait. Uplifting footage of the first foreign delegation, led by Olympic gold medalist Kristi
Yamaguchi, to visit this trans-Pacific community is also shown
Previously from CATS - September 5, 2014
CAAMFest San Jose Opening Night - Meet the Patels
We are proud to be Community Partners with CAAMFest San Jose for the Friday, September 5 Opening Night film, MEET THE PATELS, by sibling co-directors Geeta and Ravi Patel. Ravi Patel was in attendance with co-editor and associate producer, Dhevi Natarajan.
After the screening Patel and Natarajan offered hilarious peeks into their lives during post-production and running the festival circuit, with stories of Natarajan quoting Patel in daily life and Patel’s father gaining celebrity stardom and channeling Justin Bieber.
The night continued with the Opening Night Party at the San Jose Museum of Art. Youth dancers from the Chitresh Das Dance Company and Chhandam School of Kathak kicked off the evening with a traditional North Indian dance performance. Following the performance, guests were treated to delicious bites such as Porcupine Pineapple Buns and Chicharrón Deviled Eggs from local favorites Ginger Café and Attic.
Previously from CATS - June 18, 2014
Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps
For over 20 years, Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto-Wong painstakingly unearthed, researched, and collected the lost history of Japanese cultural arts during the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. The result is “Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps," a story told through historical footage and interviews with artists who were interned, a story of a courageous people honoring their heritage even while the War Relocation Authority (WRA) pressed for assimilation.
“Hidden Legacy” is the first documentary, and the first major presentation, of traditional music, dance, and drama in the camps and the remarkable roles played there by the teachers of classical Japanese art forms.
Creative Director and Executive Producer Ms. Muramoto-Wong is a founding member of the world jazz group, the Murasaki Ensemble. She has been a koto performer and teacher for over 35 years. Her mother learned to play the koto at Topaz and Tule Lake camps.
CATS is honored to present this film at its world debut.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Shirley Muramoto-Wong and her son Brian Mitsuhiro-Wong present a short koto performance before the screening, followed by a Q&A session.
Previously from CATS - May 25, 2014
When Dreams are Interrupted
When Dreams Are Interrupted uncovers the profound imprint left on a neighborhood by the forced removal and mass evacuation of Japanese American communities in 1942.
Purple Moon Dance Project's artistic director, Jill Togawa, as well as Arisika Razak, Ruth Ichinaga, and Sharon Sato, explore and infuse The Tag Project, drawing out the stories and memories amassed by Maruyama and highlighting local history and stories, both known and newly uncovered.
The collaboration between Togawa and Maruyama began when they met and collaborated at the Tule Lake Pilgrimage in 2009. For the first time, strings of tags with handwritten names of former WRA inmates prepared by Maruyama and community volunteers became part of the staging for the performance of When Dreams Are Interrupted.
This performance was followed by others in San Diego (2011) and Little Rock (2013). The new San Jose performance brings this unique collaboration with The Tag Project to the Bay Area for the first time.
The San Jose visual art installation includes three integrated parts:
- Executive Order 9066—wood-mounted sculptures by Maruyama
- The Tag Project—10 large-scale, hanging paper sculptures with 120,000 identification tags representing everyone who was incarcerated
- Executive Order 9066: Memories and Artifacts—curated and presented at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
Previously from CATS - May 7, 2014
Sandra Tsing Loh
Author, Actress, Comedian
Discusses her Year of Raging Hormones
Moderated by Connie Martinez
CEO, Silicon Valley Creates
In her hilarious new memoir, Loh chronicles her life
as a daughter, mother, wife, artist, and most of all a
woman going through menopause. A candid and humorous
look at her mid-life crisis and the physical, mental, and
emotional changes she faced.
Loh has previously performed at the San Jose Repertory Theatre
in productions of "Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Love, Loss and What I Wore."
Sandra Tsing Loh hosts "The Loh Life and Loh Down on Science" on Public Radio (KPCC 89.3, Southern California).
More info on Sandra Tsing Loh
Post show: Book Signing
For Friends of CATS only - Intimate reception with Ms. Loh
Community School of Music and Arts
230 San Antonio Circle
Presented by Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley in
association with CATS.