We mourn the loss of Dr. Jerry Hiura, a prominent Board Member of the Chopsticks Alley Art (CAA).
CAA promotes Southeast Asian Cultural heritage through the shared creative expression of underserved Asian artists. It aims to foster greater understanding, support, and celebration among individuals with differing abilities, elders, youth, and the LGBTQIA+ community. CAA celebrates the uniqueness and cultural diversity of Southeast Asian contemporary art and provides promotional support to artists in an impactful and sustainable way.
As a member of the Advisory Board of CAA, I had the privilege of working with Dr. Jerry. Our group frequently held meetings at Dr. Jerry's Dental Office in Japantown. Dr. Jerry was one of the major donors to CAA, who supported many art projects in Santa Clara County. Over the years, I have come to appreciate and admire Dr. Jerry’s leadership and generous endeavors. Dr. Jerry connected CAA with The San Jose Museum of Art and artists from various communities, especially the Japanese community. He brought CAA closer to various leaders and artists in the City of San Jose.
Dr. Jerry's sudden passing had left a significant void on CAA's Board and in the art community. He was a wise and generous leader, a visionary, a connector, an artist, and a catalyst for change in San Jose. We will miss his vision, dedication, passion for the arts, and generous spirit. We appreciate his contribution to the art communities and applause numerous positive changes he had brought to our world.
We pray for Dr. Jerry Hiura's eternal peace and celebrate his legacy: A life well lived and a beautiful star that will continue to shine in our universe.