“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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What Does It Mean to Be Asian American?

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 stljacl1@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link for this event.

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National Reporting of Increases in Anti-Asian Violence Incidents

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.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/asian-american-community-battles-surge-in-hate-crimes-stirred-from-covid-19

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/asian-americans-face-a-wave-of-discrimination-during-the-pandemic

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OrigamiintheGarden Opens April 17

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.

https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/event-details/sreventid/2879.aspx

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