The 22nd San Diego Asian Film Festival

Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) presents the 22nd Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) from October 28 – November 6, 2021, the most comprehensive portrait of Asian and Asian American cinema in North America. The festival is back in-theaters at the UltraStar Mission Valley with additional screenings at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, and Angelika Film Center in Carmel Mountain. 

For more info or to purchase tickets, visit at

Clara E. Breed & the Japanese American Incarceration

JAHSSD is once again helping the San Diego Public Library create an exhibition and public programming which involves Clara Breed and her relationship with the local Japanese American community, plus her long career in library management in San Diego. The exhibit contains some items from the JAHSSD collection.

You can find a full list of upcoming events with registration information at the bottom of the exhibit page here:

Monday, October 18 at 6:30pm: Author Joanne Oppenheim will discuss her book, Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. The discussion will be moderated by Zoe Ghahremani, author of the 2012 One Book, One San Diego selection Sky of Red Poppies. Afterwards there will be a live audience Q&A. Zoom event.

You can register for this event through the San Diego Public Library:

BIPOC History Ride

Celebrate the rich cultural history of San Diego by experiencing historic homes, buildings and landmarks that tell the legacy of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in the community. This is a self-guided bike ride that can be done at any time. This event is a collaboration between BikeSDCirculateSDPedal for Justice SD and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

Find out more about the tour here, or go straight to the tour map here.

The Rebellious Miss Breed: San Diego Public Library and the Japanese American Incarceration

Gallery at San Diego Public Library: September 2021 – January 2022

This exhibit underscores the activism of Clara Breed, a San Diego Public Librarian, as she advocated on behalf of Japanese American children during and after wartime. SDPL worked with numerous community partners to create the exhibit, including the use of collection items from JAHSSD. From September through December, the library will be hosting a series of programs and events to raise awareness and encourage discussion of historical and contemporary issues faced by marginalized voices, especially within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. You can find more information at

A Window into History: Curiosities from our Collections

Currently on exhibit in our artifact exhibition space:

Fish Camp – items from the Fish Camp Kushimoto No Kyampu Archaeological Collection, 1925-1930, as well as items from our Fishing Collection

exhibit case containing bottles, shells, etc

exhibit case containing rope, hat, model boat, fish hooks, sextant

Art Items From Camp – bird pins, carvings, and other items made by internees at Poston internment camp, Arizona                                                 

exhibit case containing carved bird pins, painted wood, and polished rocks