July 4th Picnic Event Canceled for 2021, But Venue Is Still Available

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The Annual St. Louis JACL July 4th Picnic at Vlasis Park, Ballwin, Missouri is canceled for 2021, however, Vlasis Park Pavilion #2 (West side of park, nearest to the Police Station) is still available for St. Louis JACL members and the friends of St. Louis JACL to use on July 4, 2021 to socialize between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. No typical picnic events will be conducted by the St. Louis JACL. Please bring your own food and only share food with family members. Please continue to abide by current CDC guidelines when using this venue. Unvaccinated persons should continue to wear masks and try to social distance when not eating.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/small-gatherings.html

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June 8 Virtual Presentation by Japan America Society – Home: Japanese Americans in St. Louis

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Dr. Chikako Usui, chairman of the board of the Japan America Society (JAS) of St. Louis and associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, will provide an overview of Japanese Americans’ settlement of St. Louis. This virtual presentation is presented free-of-charge at 11:00 am on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 and is sponsored by Missouri History Museum, as part of its series Stories of Home, and Japan American Society of St. Louis.

https://mohistory.org/events/home

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2021 Kakehashi Program Applications Are Open – Deadline Extended to June 13

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Each year 100-200 participants are selected to participate in the JACL Kakehashi Program and travel to Japan in the spirit of cross country and cultural exchange. This program is coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICC) and supported by funding from Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Application deadline is June 13, 2021.

https://jacl.salsalabs.org/2021kakehashiprogramapplication?wvpId=8738faac-b909-4958-9285-f8addb697fab

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“More Than Miyagi” Movie Discussion Event on Zoom on May 2

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Please join us for a virtual Zoom discussion on the movie: “More Than Miyagi: The Pat Morita Story” on May 2, 2021, 1:00pm – 2:00pm CDT. You may RSVP for this event by emailing stljacl1@gmail.com and then you will receive the Zoom link for the discussion. This movie may be screened online in advance for $4.99 on Amazon Prime or $3.99 on Vudu.

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2021 Reprint of “Nisei Kitchen” Now Available

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!

https://stlouisjacl.org/nisei-kitchen/

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2021 St. Louis JACL Scholarship Applications Are Closed

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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.

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March 26, 2021 is Virtual National Day of Action and Healing

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.

https://www.asianamericandayofaction.com/

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St. Louis JACL “Letter to Editor” Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Online Edition

Update: The print version of this opinion was printed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch dated March 24, 2021.

https://www.stltoday.com/opinion/mailbag/letter-japanese-americans-are-all-too-aware-of-racial-profiling/article_fd11bbd9-84b6-5c42-8e30-ccacec5aff38.html

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St. Louis JACL Supports Vigil for Atlanta Victims

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.

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St. Louis Leaders Address the Increases in Anti-Asian American Pacific Islander Violence

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.

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/breaking-the-silence-asian-american-leaders-in-st-louis-fight-uptick-in-bigotry/article_6f68a917-86ba-5359-a3c2-50820bb29162.html

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