March 9 – October 13

 Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St
San Jose, CA 95112

Agrarianaa @ Japanese American Museum of San Jose

12:00 pm–4:00 pm

Agrarianaa: Art Inspired by APA Agricultural Roots is a multimedia exhibition in San Jose and San Francisco featuring artists and farmers rooted in the rich history of Asian Pacific American agricultural crafts, legacies and present-day community placemaking. Artists in the show reflect on ancestral farming and gardening practices, addressing topics such as migrant labor, environmental activism, land and food sovereignty. Each exhibition includes artists who highlight how a regenerative agricultural ecosystem can sprout into the resilient spaces necessary to heal and thrive in community.

AAWAA and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj) present the multidisciplinary art exhibition Agrarianaa featuring 9 local and national artists inspired by the rich history of Japanese American agricultural crafts, legacies and present-day community placemaking. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, films and multimedia installations inspired by a diverse range of subjects including artists’ own family farms along the west coast, local activities such as strawberry picking, agriculture-related mythological figures such as the Goddess of Rice and kitsune (fox), the contemporary relationship of farming labor practices and eco-justice, and the agricultural connection between Japan the Americas.

Agrarianaa artworks will be in dialogue with the permanent collection of the JAMsj, which chronicles more than a century of Japanese American history. Visitors will learn about early immigration of Japanese to America, their leadership in the agricultural community, their incarceration during World War II and the challenges they faced, while adapting and contributing to West Coast communities.

Curators: Diana Li, Erina C Alejo, Michelle A. Lee

Participating Artists: Shari DeBoer, Judy Shintani, Reiko Fujii, Tina Kashiwagi, Mitsuko Brooks, General Sisters, Sita Bhaumik, Lucien Kubo, Yurika Chiba



Japanese American Museum of San Jose


The mission of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj ) is to collect, preserve and share Japanese American history, culture and art with a focus on the Greater Bay Area.

JAMsj Members: Free, Adults: $8, Seniors (65 and older with valid ID): $5, Students (with valid ID): $5, Children (under 5), active military and their families and members of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH): Free



(408) 294-3138
United States
535 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112


12 pm–4 pm
12 pm–4 pm
12 pm–4 pm
12 pm–4 pm