The St. Louis JACL has just received newly printed copies of the “Nisei Kitchen” cookbook. We look forward to taking more orders for this Japanese American treasure!
Students are welcome to apply to the local St. Louis JACL Scholarship that is separate from National JACL Scholarships. Any current or incoming undergraduates or graduate students at any college, trade school or graduate school may qualify. Preferred consideration will be given to students that participate in current in past events with the St. Louis JACL Chapter. However, the applicant does not need to be a member of the St. Louis JACL Chapter. Applicants must be active in issues of diversity, civil rights, and/or social justice. Applicants cannot apply if they have previously received a scholarship from a JACL Chapter.
The link below will take you to the webpage where you may enter in your scholarship application online. Applications must be completed and submitted by May 15, 2021.
Participate in Virtual National Day of Action and Healing on Friday, March 26, 2021 by using the link below and joining on social media using #StopAsianHate.
Update: The print version of this opinion was printed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch dated March 24, 2021.
On Saturday, March 20, 2021 the St. Louis JACL joined the St. Louis Asian Community in gathering for a vigil for the victims of the Atlanta shootings and anti-Asian hate at the Chinese Education & Culture Center in Richmond Heights, Missouri.
On March 19, 2021 Asian American leaders in St. Louis addressed the rise of anti-Asian American Pacific Islander hate and violence incidents in the United States during a press conference at St. Louis City Hall. A link to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch news story is below.
Please join us for a virtual zoom discussion at 1:00 pm CDT, Sunday March 21, 2021, on the theme of “Asian American” in your community. We will explore how opinions have evolved about identity, nationality, race and ethnicity, and how Asians fit in the fabric of American society. Please RSVP to email@example.com to receive the Zoom link for this event.
The White House, Asian American organizations, and national media have spotlighted the rise in Anti-Asian violence incidents since the start of the Pandemic in 2020. Although the number of reported incidents in the St. Louis Metropolitan area and state of Missouri are fewer than U.S. east and west coast regions, there should be increased vigilance to locally address potential sources of Anti-Asian incidents immediately when they arise.
Links to recent statistics from the coalition group “Stop AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Hate” and also recent episodes on the PBS Newshour are referenced below.
The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is opening an Origami (Japanese art form of folding paper) inspired sculpture exhibit on April 17, 2021 that was delayed from 2020 due to Covid-19. The exhibit is scheduled to run through October 10, 2021.
The St. Louis JACL is saddened by the passing of Ronald Katsuyama of the Dayton JACL Chapter on March 2, 2021. Ron was well-known to the St. Louis JACL because of his long-standing participation in the Midwest District Council of the JACL and president of the Dayton Chapter. Ron was a retired professor at the University of Dayton and an avid marathon runner. Ron served as JACL Midwest District Council Governor and held several National JACL Board Offices including Vice President of Public Affairs. Some may know of Ron’s daughter, Jana, who is a TV news anchor in San Francisco and has emceed many National JACL Convention events.