A Celebration of Art Towata’s Work: November 27, 2021 – March 5, 2022

The Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois will be displaying exhibits of long-time St. Louis JACL member Art Towata’s art. For many years Mr. Towata regularly held demonstrations and exhibited his works at a booth at the annual Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. See the link below for detailed information.

https://www.riverbender.com/articles/details/jacoby-arts-center-showing-a-celebration-of-arthur-towatas-work-54896.cfm

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JACL Holiday Social – December 2, 2021

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Please join St. Louis JACL members and friends for an informal, end-of-year gathering Thursday, December 2, 2021, 5:30-8:00pm in Clayton, Missouri. JACL is providing appetizers and drinks and will have the latest edition of the Nisei Kitchen cookbook available for purchase. Please wear a mask and social distance, if you are not vaccinated. Please RSVP by email at stljacl1@gmail.com if you would like to RSVP and receive information on the venue.

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JACL Youth Civic Dinner – November 18, 2021

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On November 18, 2021 Kendal Takeshita, Midwest District Council Youth Representative, is hosting a Civic Dinner at 7:00-9:00pm Central Time. Civic Dinner is a meaningful conversation intended to serve as an opportunity to connect with other JACL Youth members about thoughts on racial equality and combatting injustice. Everyone is welcome and membership is not required. There are limited spots available. Please register using the link below, if you are interested.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-CDpygBEU14ccva31zuQ5kJKy1Mn-t_T8inc_h2mE1Pcaag/viewform

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Red Lantern Night Market is Cancelled for October 2021!

We are sorry to announce that the Red Lantern Night Market event has been cancelled for October 22-23, 2021. We hope to be able to bring this event back in the future!

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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.

https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/outreach/project-5/5-your-side-discussion-racism-healing-aapi-community-st-louis-michelle-li/63-2cce7af9-c098-46ed-821a-e893d41fd8b7

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

https://www.ksdk.com/video/news/local/fbi-launches-campaign-to-raise-awareness-reporting-of-hate-crimes/63-82402dc7-4524-4f80-9c67-c315511f355f

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.

https://www.qianjuliewang.com/

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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.

https://jacl.org/jacloca-leadership-summit

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