2020 July 4th Picnic Canceled

The 2020 St. Louis JACL July 4th Picnic scheduled for July 4th, 2020 at Vlasis Park has been canceled due to Covid-19.  We are sorry for the inconvenience and we hope to meet again soon.

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Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection

Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum

In partnership with the St. Louis chapter of the Japan America Citizens League (JACL), the Garden’s Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum will host Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection

April 27 through May 12, 2019.

The exhibit employs interpretive displays and artifacts to share the story of Japanese Americans imprisoned at the Amache Internment Camp in Southeastern Colorado during World War II and the gardens they created while detained.


Finding Solace in the Soil: The Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Colorado’s Japanese American Internment Camp

In conjunction with Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archeology Collection, the Garden is honored to welcome exhibit curator Dr. Bonnie J. Clark of the University of Denver for this special presentation. Admission is free.

Some of the most significant Japanese-style gardens in the United States are not to be found in botanical gardens or parks, but in WWII-era confinement camps. This presentation overviews the methods and results of six seasons of landscape archaeology at Amache, located in southeastern Colorado. The site contains an incredibly well-preserved record of how the people of Japanese ancestry incarcerated there transformed a hostile landscape through strategy and skill. By integrating a program of historical research, community engagement, and intensive garden archaeology, the University of Denver Amache Project is expanding the view of what internee gardens are, how they were created, and their import, both to those who made them and us today.

May 5, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden — Shoenberg Theatre

For more information, visit mobot.org/events.

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JACL Book Club 2019

The next meeting of the annual JACL Bookclub is scheduled for:
7:00 pm Friday January 11, 2019.

We will be discussing Born A Crime by Trevor Noah.

For more information, please comment below.

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JACL Votes Campaign

JACL Votes

As part of our JACL Votes campaign, JACL National proudly stood with over 50 major national networks and 3,500 community partners across the country – including nonprofits –to register over 300,000 voters on National Voter Registration Day, September 25, 2018.

Results exceeded expectations by over 500,000 as more than 800,000 voters were registered on that day (CNN).


JACL National is also selling JACL Votes merchandise through CafePress,

This merchandise includes t-shirts, stickers, and other merchandise that can either be given or sold at these events. Visit the ONLINE STORE.



Asian American & Pacific Islander Voting Data – APIAVote
Voting Rights – APIAVote
Serve as a Pollworker to help ensure everyone is able to vote
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Representation & Responsibility Panel Discussion and Reception

Representation and Responsibility
Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents:

Representation & Responsibility: Perspectives on Equity, Casting, and the Performing Arts in the 21st Century

Friday, October 26, 2018
7:00 pm
Haertter Performing Arts Center
John Burroughs School
755 S. Price Road
St. Louis MO 63124

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis launches a four-part series this fall exploring questions of representation and equity in the arts, entertainment, and media. Events continue through June 2019, including conversations about casting, film and television, the music industry, and the media. At each program, OTSL artists join other leaders in the field for a meaningful dialogue and Q&A with the audience to expand our collective understanding of these important issues – and to examine what role we play in creating a more equitable world in which to live and create art.

For the first program in the series, we explore the question of casting in opera and theatre, both locally and nationally. The conversation will be moderated by Adrienne Davis, Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University. Panelists include:

  • Soprano Julia Bullock, who returns to St. Louis in 2019 as one of the stars of the world premiere Fire Shut Up in My Bones. A former member of OTSL’s Monsanto Artists-in-Training Program for high school students, Ms. Bullock has now given critically-acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, the English National Opera, the Berlin Philharmoniker, and The Bolshoi.
  • Actor and educator Duane Foster made his Broadway debut in the original cast of Ragtime in 1998 and enjoyed an extensive national career before returning to St. Louis and his alma mater in the Normandy School District to revive their drama program and chair the district’s fine arts program.
  • Christina Rios, Artistic Director of R-S Theatrics, a St. Louis non-profit theatre company in its tenth year of producing St. Louis premieres of thought-provoking works that demand conversation. As a performer, she has appeared in numerous St. Louis productions, including The Threepenny Opera, Jerry Springer: The Opera, First Lady Suite, and Into the Woods.
  • Opera Theatre’s General Director Andrew Jorgensen, who assumed leadership of OTSL in July 2019 after serving as Director of Artistic Operations at the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, where he also acted as Interim Executive Director during the company’s 2018 season.

After the 75-minute panel discussion, audiences are encouraged to stay for an informal reception. The Representation and Responsibility series will continue with three more events in 2019, with further details to be announced in the weeks to come.

Admission is free, but registration through the OTSL box office is heavily encouraged.

Register Here

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An American Soldier


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents the world premiere of the new two-act opera:

An American Soldier
Composed by Huang Ruo
Libretto by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Matthew Ozawa
Conducted by Michael Christie

Danny Chen is the son of Chinese immigrants, and a proud American. He enlists in the US Army in 2011, eager to serve his country. In boot camp, Danny is welcomed by his band of brothers. But in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly. Based on a true story, this opera asks powerful questions about what it means to be an American.

Please be advised: This performance contains strong language, violence, and adult content.

For tickets and June 2018 showtimes call (314) 961-0644, or click here.

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Kansha Project and Youth Summit


The Kansha Project is a JACL Chicago program that connects self-identified Japanese Americans, ages 18–25, to the continuing legacy of the Japanese American community’s incarceration during World War II. The program centers around an educational trip to Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood and the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Kansha Project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

The Kansha project takes place every year in June.

2018 program dates:

Orientation: June 13
Trip: June 14–17
Culmination: June 23

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Apply Now!



Planning a future for JACL: A Youth Summit
A gathering for those who are interested in the future of JACL in the Midwest (including taking a leadership role in JACL), discussing a topics we are passionate about, and networking with other members. In conjunction with the Spring Midwest District Council Meeting in Milwaukee — Friday March 9th to Sunday March 11th. Funding is available for transportation/board.

If you are interested in attending or helping plan any Midwest District programming, please reach out to Eric Langowski, Midwest District Youth Representative, at erhlango@gmail.com





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