2023 St. Louis JACL Scholarship Applications Open April 1-May 15

Students are welcome to apply to the local St. Louis JACL Scholarship that is separate from National JACL Scholarships starting April 1 until May 15, 2023. 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 or 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, 2023, midnight Central Time.

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Midwest District Council Youth Summit, April 15, 2023 at 2:00 Central Time

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2023 Japanese Festival Appreciation Lunch Canceled

Due to budgetary constraints from St. Louis JACL events during the last six months, the Board of Directors decided to cancel the 2023 Japanese Festival Appreciation Lunch. We hope to bring the Appreciation Lunch back in 2024. The St. Louis JACL greatly appreciates the support of all of the volunteers at the successful 2022 Japanese Festival.

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Sam Hyun Speaking at UMSL on March 23, 7:00pm

University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) Global is welcoming Mr. Sam Hyun on March 23, 2023 at 7:00pm in the Millennium Student Center to present The Invisible Race. Mr. Hyun is a speaker focused on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and social movements. He has been featured in Forbes, Good Morning America, Boston Globe and many other publications.

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2023 JACL National Freshman Scholarship Application Deadline is March 6

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Freshman applications must be submitted directly by the applicant to National JACL through the online form, accessible using the link below, no later than March 6, 2023, 11:59pm Hawaiian Standard Time. All those applying to the National JACL Scholarship Program must be a youth/student or individual member of the JACL; a couple/family membership held by a parent does NOT meet this requirement. Applicants must be enrolled in a school in Fall 2023 in order to be eligible for a scholarship.

Note: This is NOT the 2023 St. Louis JACL Scholarship Program, which is a separate application process that will open later in 2023. Applicants are permitted to apply separately to both programs.


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Day of Remembrance Event – February 19, 2023


The Day of Remembrance recognizes the anniversary of issuing of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the wrongful incarceration of Japanese Americans in 1942. The St. Louis JACL will be hosting a Day of Remembrance Event at The Lodge in Des Peres, Missouri on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 12:30 pm. The guest for this program is actor/director/producer Lane Nishikawa of Los Angeles, California. Sandwich/salad box lunch will be provided and RSVP is required by February 13 to wendycroll@gmail.com because capacity is limited.

Mr. Nishikawa will present “From Hawaii to Hollywood” and share his 45-year journey as a writer, actor, theater and film producer and director, performance artist and activist. He is known for “Only the Brave,” his movie about the all Japanese American 442nd Battalion during World War II, is currently working on projects related to the history of JACL and the recent rise in Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate.

Mr. Lane Nishikawa has been in film, television and theatrical industries for over thirty-five years. His dramatic feature film, Only the Brave, appeared in over 18 film festivals, internationally, screened in over 25 cities across the U.S., broadcast on National PBS, SHOWTIME Television, Armed Forces Network, and distributed to over 15 countries worldwide. He was Artistic Director of the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco, for ten seasons, before forming Mission From Buddha Productions, a film and theater production company, which he ran for 14 years. His new company, West River Productions, just completed production with is new documentary feature film, Our Lost Years, a comprehensive examination of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The link below will provide the access to West River Production and its products.

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“Dreams of Love” Concert – January 15, 2023

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Violinist Aska Kaneko Maret and harpist Amy Camie’s Duo Concert “Dreams of Love: A Healing Concert for the Body, Mind & Soul” is coming to Webster Hills United Methodist Church, 698 West Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri 63119 at 2:00 pm. General admission is $15 at the door. Co-sponsored by Japan America Society of St. Louis and Japan America Society Women’s Association.


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JACL Holiday Social at Vangel’s – December 8

The St. Louis JACL held its Holiday Social at Vangel’s Restaurant in Rock Hill, Missouri on December 8, 2022. There was a nice group of attendees that had an enjoyable evening together! We were honored to have Kristina Le, President of the St. Louis Vietnamese Community, and Thong Tarm, President of the St. Louis Chapter of OCA, join us in our “meet and greet.” The JACL wishes everyone a healthy, joyous holiday season and all the best in the new year.

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St. Louis JACL Holiday Social, December 8

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Join us for a Holiday Social at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm on December 8, 2022 at Vangel’s Restaurant and Bar. RSVP to Edie Quick is required. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

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2022 Midwest District Council Fall Meeting

The St. Louis Chapter of the JACL was host for the 2022 Midwest District Council (MDC) Fall Meeting from October 7-8. St. Louis was honored to have two excellent speakers: Michelle Li, St. Louis NBC affiliate, KSDK, Morning Anchor and founder of Very Asian Foundation, and Sela Masaki, Ladue Watkins High School student. Eleven out-of-towners attended our conference and the Hamamura’s made beautiful sushi for our reception. JACL chapters in the MDC include: Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Hoosier, Houston, Omaha, St. Louis, Twin Cities, Wisconsin

During the Friday Reception, MDC 2nd Vice Governor and St. Louis Chapter Vice President – Finance, Steven Mitori, was awarded the JACL Sapphire Pin from MDC Governor Eric Langowski for over 10 years of service to JACL at national, district, and chapter levels of the organization.

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