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RIP Grayce Uyehara, champion for interned Japanese-Americans

TONIGHT AT 9PM: Asia Pacific Forum Looks Back and Forward with Grace Lee Boggs and Yuri Kochiyama

Grace Lee Boggs has been an activist longer than most of us have been alive. She cut her teeth as a young philosopher turned feminist during the 1940s, during the emergence of the black civil rights struggle during World War II, and she went on to become one of Detroit’s leading activists, along with her husband, labor and civil rights activist James Boggs. The daughter of a Chinese American restaurant owner, she may seem an unlikely ally in of the black liberation struggle, but she has been long served as a steward of the black power movement as well as new currents of racial justice activism today. She joined us from her adopted hometown Detroit, where she is developing new political philosophy that she terms “the Next American Revolution,” which she has recently turned into a book and a documentary.

On June 1, we lost one of our most iconic movement elders, Yuri Kochiyama. In her long career of activism, the indefatigable nisei freedom fighter mobilized for about half a century against racism and segregation, for peace and an end to US militarism, and for economic justice in the country’s most disenfranchised and marginalized communities. Her cross-cultural, cross-racial organizing work was thrust into the spotlight unexpectedly by her appearance in the famous photo of the scene of Malcolm X’s assassination, but she went on to blaze new trails in her own right. We now bring you an exclusive interview that Kochiyama did back in 2004 at age 83, just after she published her memoir, Passing it On, with APF alumnus and writer Andrew Hsiao. They are joined by Yuri’s granddaughter, who helped edit the memoir, for a special family perspective on what it was like growing up with this radical woman.

Jun 9
From 18mr:
Yuri Kochiyama was a towering historical figure deserving of popular honors, like her own postage stamp. Let’s get her face on a stamp, and her legacy in the public eye. http://bit.ly/1o5GWiy

From 18mr:

Yuri Kochiyama was a towering historical figure deserving of popular honors, like her own postage stamp. Let’s get her face on a stamp, and her legacy in the public eye. http://bit.ly/1o5GWiy

Jun 3

18Million Rising launches "Because of Yuri" Tumblr

May 7

Japanese American Citizens League Leadership Programs

The Japanese American Citizens League is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye, Mike M. Masaoka, and Norman Y. Mineta Fellowships in Washington, DC. 

Candidates must be U.S. citizens, graduating college seniors or students in graduate or professional programs, and a member of the JACL. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to Asian American issues, particularly those affecting the Japanese American community. Communication skills, especially in writing, are important.

If you have any questions, please contact the D.C. office at 202-223-1240 or at policy@jacl.org. 

JACL Washington, D.C. Fellowships

Daniel K. Inouye & Norman Y. Mineta Fellowships 


  • Opportunity to staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the AAPI community.
  • Work on a wide variety of projects, issues and programs.
  • Conduct research and study topics assigned.
  • Interact with other national AAPI and civil rights organizations in the DC area.
  • Work with JACL and other organizations to organize programs and events.
  • Serve on various civil rights and AAPI committees.
  • Perform a wide variety of duties, and work directly with the Executive Director. 

Time Period & Stipend:

The term of the fellowship will be for a time period of one year and will begin as early as Fall 2014. A $2,250 monthly stipend will be provided. Air travel is provided by Southwest Airlines.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a resume, a sample of writing, and names and contact information for two (2) references to the Washington, D.C. office of the JACL at policy@jacl.org with “Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications for the Inouye Fellowship can be found here. Applications for the Mineta Fellowship can be found here

Applications will close on July 1, 2014 at 6pm EST.

Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship

The Fund and Program:

The Mike M. Masaoka Fellowship was established to develop leaders for public service. The Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship is for a minimum of six months in Washington, D.C. The Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellow is placed in the Washington, D.C. office of a member of Congress, either the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate. The Member of Congress and the award recipient will select the term during which the Fellowship will take place. The stipend for the Fellowship is currently $2,200 to $2,500 a month, depending on qualifications.

The Fellow will be involved in a variety of tasks, ranging from substantive legislative duties to day-to-day office routine. The Fellow will be exposed to all facets of the work of the Representative or Senator and his/her staff. Precise duties will depend on the Member of Congress with whom the Fellow is placed and on the Fellow’s level of experience with and knowledge of the legislative process.

The program provides an opportunity for the Fellow to understand the importance of public service at the national level. The Fellow will also gain an inside perspective of how the U.S. Congress functions as well as be part of the process that enables a Member of Congress to serve not only his/her own district, but also the entire country as a legislator.


A completed application form, letter of reference, and resume must be submitted to the policy@jacl.org with “Masaoka Fellowship” in the subjectline by 6pm EST on Friday, May 9, 2014. Applications can be found here.

JACCC Awarded Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant


WHAT:  JACCC Awarded Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant from the Getty Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to increase the diversity in professions related to museums and visual arts.  The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in these professions, including individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent.

The Visual Arts Intern will work directly with the Visual Arts department, experiencing first-hand the work, organization and installation that goes into setting up this summer’s programs, including the 74th Annual Nisei Week exhibitions in August.

To be eligible for the Visual Arts Internship candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, having completed at least one semester of college by June 2014 or will graduate by of before September 2014.  Candidates must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County.  Intern candidates may come from any area of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

The intern will receive a gross salary of $3,500 for a ten-week period at the JACCC. Internships are a full-time position running from Monday, June 16 through Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Those interested in applying for the position may submit the following no later than noon on Friday, May 2, 2014:

  • Resumé/CV

  • statement (no more than 500 words, double-spaced, typed)
  • First, middle & last name (if not on your CV)

  • Email, phone & address (if not on your CV)

  • College or university you are currently attending

  • Major/area(s) of study
  • Anticipated graduation date

  • 2 Letters of reference or contact info (email, phone) for 2 references: either a teacher, professor, or a former employer
  • Please note the dates of the JACCC’s 10 week program, as well as the requirements in the Getty link below, before submitting to make sure you are both eligible and available to participate in the program.

Preliminary candidates will be contacted to do an in person interview for the week of Monday, May 5, 2014. All applicants will be contacted by the week of May 12 with the final decisions.

Please note the following “Save The Dates” required intern events by the Getty Foundation:

  • Arts Summit (mandatory)
The Getty Center, Los Angeles: Monday, June 30, 2014 (all day, exact times TBA)

A day-long orientation for all interns participating in the Summer 2014 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Interns will be introduced to the program, meet with their Learning Community Hub Leaders, and attend panels highlighting career opportunities in the arts.
  • Learning Communities (two mandatory events)
Regional Hub Events Dates, Times, and Locations are TBD. These activities are meant to enhance the internship experience and expose interns to other organizations, arts professionals, and career opportunities in their area. Dates and times of hub meetings will vary, though interns must notify supervisors of scheduled activities in advance. Supervisors must allow interns to attend the two required events in their Learning Community.   

General information about the program and requirements:

WHERE:             Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

244 South San Pedro Street, in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles.

INFO:             For more information please contact Wakana Kimura at (213) 628-2725 ext. 146.


Apr 9

The Color of Citizenship: Tracing the Legacies of Japanese Internment from WWII to Stop & Frisk



The mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II is a powerful but often occluded illustration of the fragility of US citizenship and civil liberties. As such, this event demands frequent reexamination in relation to ongoing conversations regarding post-9/11 special registration, detention, and deportation, as well as long-standing formal and informal practices of profiling and surveillance of communities of color. This daylong conference presents a three-part program examining: 1) the history of the Japanese American incarceration and how it is made meaningful to multiple publics in different locations – higher education, museums, and our national landmarks; 2) artists who deploy this history as relevant to their artistic and political practices in the present; 3) the legal significance of the incarceration to contemporary local and national state policies directed against communities of color.

Conference Program

1. 9:00AM – 10:00AM: Registration & Coffee/Tea

2. 10:00AM – 10:15AM: Introductions

  • Jennifer Hayashida, Director of the Asian American Studies Program, Hunter College

3. 10:15AM – 11:00AM: Keynote Address

  • Norman Mineta, 14th United States Secretary of Transportation

4. 11:00AM – 12:30PM: Panel I: Teaching the Limits of Citizenship to Multiple Post-9/11 Publics

  • Heidi Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Greg Kimura, PhD, President/CEO, The Japanese American National Museum
  • Franklin Odo, PhD, Founding Director – Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

5. 12:30PM – 1:45PM: Lunch

6. 1:45PM – 3:15PM: Panel II: Dislocated Memories: Incarceration, Communities of Color & the Arts

  • Tomie Arai, Public Artist & Printmaker
  • Roger Shimomura, Artist & Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus, The University of Kansas
  • Katie Yamasaki, Muralist & Children’s Book Author/Illustrator

7. 3:30PM – 5:00PM: Panel III: Legacies of the Incarceration in Surveillance & Policing of U.S. Communities of Color

  • Baher Azmy, Legal Director, The Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Kathryn Bannai, first lead attorney in Hirabayashi vs. US in 1982-1985
  • Amardeep Singh, Co-Founder & National Director of Programs, The Sikh Coalition

8. 5:00PM – 6:00PM: Reception


"Yonsei" by seanmiura

"They can take us anywhere but they will never have our spirits. Our lives will burn before they are sold."

Today is February 19th. What is significant about February 19th? Good question, Facebook.

In the wake of Pearl Harbor and growing suspicion of Japanese people in America (we were really good at farming and that’s a problem apparently), on February 19th, 1941 President Roosevelt signed EO9066 which put 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps, prisons, and isolation centers without due process.

We commemorate that every year with a Day of Remembrance to reflect and move forward as JAs, as Americans, and as humans. Had the honor of reading some reflection this past weekend.

Feb 6

Seriously, how awesome is Nate Shinagawa? You may remember him from 2012 when he was the Democratic candidate in the race for New York’s 23rd Congressional seat. I covered his race in an article for Hyphen Magazine, and though the Republican incumbent kept the seat, Nate hasn’t stopped moving forward. He remains one of the most well-liked members of Ithaca’s county legislature and has been pulling some very Cory-Booker-local-superhero stunts lately.

He and Ithaca’s mayor, Svante Myrick, went around shoveling peoples’ driveways during the giant snowstorm upstate New York got this week!

Send him some love, it’s cold out there!

Fred Korematsu Day Celebration 2014

Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas and Congressman Mike Honda will headline this year’s Fred Korematsu Day Celebration on Sunday, January 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Morris Dailey Auditorium in Tower Hall at San Jose State University. Emmy Award-winning journalist Lloyd LaCuesta will emcee.

Tickets http://bit.ly/korematsu2014

The celebration honors the fourth anniversary of “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution Day,” which is observed on January 30 by state law in California. Korematsu’s resistance to the Japanese American mass incarceration during World War II and his subsequent court victories revealed one of the worst violations of civil rights in American history. In 1998, Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton.

Tickets are $15; $5 for students. The event is produced by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, and sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and the film DOCUMENTED, the story of Jose Antonio Vargas.

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