KSDK Airing Discussion on Anti-Asian Hate in St. Louis Community

KSDK (NBC Channel 5 in St. Louis) is airing a discussion on Anti-Asian on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 11:00 am. Michelle Li of KSDK hosts the discussion that includes JACL member and former International Institute CEO, Anna Crosslin.


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FBI Campaign to Raise Awareness of “How to Report a Hate Crime”


The FBI requests that you report any possible hate crime online at http://www.tips.fbi.gov or at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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“Beautiful Country” Selected for 2022 JACL Book Club

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“Beautiful Country: A Memoir” by Qian Julie Wang has been selected for the St. Louis JACL Book Club discussion at a TBA date in January 2022. This non-fiction book recalls the undocumented life of a 7-year-old Chinese girl in New York City.


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St. Louis JACL Thanks All Japanese Festival Volunteers

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The St. Louis JACL conducted a successful fundraiser at the Soda Tent at the 2021 Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden on September 4-6. The St. Louis Chapter thanks all of the many chapter members and volunteers and Missouri Botanical Garden staff that worked many hours to put together such a successful Festival despite the pandemic restrictions.

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Kishi Bashi at Powell Hall September 17

St. Louis JACL is in community partnership to support singer/songwriter Kishi Bashi at St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) at Powell Hall on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 7:30pm

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2021 JACL/OCA Leadership Summit Applications Due By August 15

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The JACL is now accepting applications for the 2021 JACL/OCA Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. on September 11-14, 2021. This is an insiders opportunity for JACLers to learn how our U.S. Congress functions as attendees may participate in exercises that will allow to the attendee to lobby a Capitol Hill leader on an important JACL issue. The Midwest District Council, of which St. Louis Chapter is a member, along with JACL National, will pay for most of the expenses, if you are selected. The deadline for online application is August 15, 2021.


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JACL Announces Launch of Centennial Education Fund

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The National JACL has announced the start of fundraising for the JACL Centennial Education Fund to help fulfill its mission by providing critically important education programs, tools, and resources towards the next 100 years of civil rights. Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta and his wife Deni are chairing the Honorary Committee. Please go to the link below to get more information about this objective.


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Missouri History Museum Conducts Virtual Presentation by Robin Hattori on July 22

St. Louis JACL Board Member Robin Hattori will speak virtually on Zoom on July 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm Central Daylight Time as part of the Missouri History Museum series on St. Louis. “How the Hattoris Became St. Louisans: One Family’s Incarceration during WWII” will detail the story of a Japanese American family that endured a forced removal from California to an incarceration camp in Arkansas. The Zoom link for this virtual presentation is available below through the Missouri History Museum website.


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St. Louis JACL Announces Passing of Joe Yokota

Former St. Louis JACL Board of Directors member, Joe Yokota, passed away July 10, 2021 at age 94. Mr. Yokota was a longtime McDonnell Douglas engineer and resident of Hazelwood, Missouri. For many years Joe was the chairperson for the annual Japanese Festival setup and teardown committee at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Visitation and memorial service will be held on July 17, 2021 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 808 N. Mason Road, beginning at 10:00 am.

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St. Louis JACL Mourns Loss of Rosalyn Borg

The St. Louis JACL mourns the loss of Rosalyn Borg who passed away June 27, 2021. Ms. Borg served as St. Louis area director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) from 1988-2001. In 1987 Ms. Borg led the AJC’s advocacy for the redress legislation for incarcerated Japanese American and was recognized by Congressman Robert Matsui of California for her efforts to help the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. During her tenure at the AJC, Ms. Borg worked with the St. Louis JACL on several joint programs and was a frequent attendee of JACL Inaugural Dinner events.

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