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.

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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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JACL Bookclub 2018

The next meeting of the JACL Bookclub is scheduled for:
7:00 pm Friday January 12, 2018.

We will be discussing Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters.

Cover for Underground Airlines by Ben Winters


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Japanese Festival 2017

Once again, the St. Louis JACL is proud to be a part of the St. Louis Japanese Festival.
Come celebrate the culture and traditions of Japan at the Missouri Botanical Garden this Labor Day weekend.

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Join the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebrating the culture and traditions of Japan when the annual Japanese Festival returns to St. Louis! From traditional music to martial arts, sumo to sushi, bon odori dancing to bonsai displays and thunderous taiko drumming to Tea House Island tours, the three-day Labor Day weekend is filled with sights, sounds and experiences for the entire family

Buy Tickets!

Download the Festival Program

We’ll see you there!

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Remembrance Day 2016 Film Screening

Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 pm

Escape To The Rising SunUniversity City Public Library
6701 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
(314) 727-3150

The University City Public Library’s fourth annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event features a screening of the film Escape to the Rising Sun:

In 1939, Jews lucky enough to escape the Nazis’ reach in Europe had only one place in the world to go that didn’t require an exit visa: Shanghai. Escape to the Rising Sun tells the little-known and ironic story of nearly 5,000 Jews who reached Shanghai through the USSR with the help of the Japanese Consul in Lithuania and the Kobe (Japan) Jewish Committee. In the slums of Hongkew, they lived in extreme poverty, battling disease and malnutrition; still, they worked to reconstruct elements of their culture, organizing literary, artistic, and educational programs.

The evening will begin with an introduction by Dan Reich of the St. Louis Holocaust Museum & Learning Center. This film has a running time of 95 minutes. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

For more information about this screening, click here.

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They Deserve a Stamp

They Deserve a Stamp

Please consider signing a petition to get a stamp honoring JA soldiers from WWII.
Go to http://wh.gov/ifAZl


Deadline: March 20, 2016


Honor these American World War II soldiers on a US commemorative postage stamp.

We respectfully ask that the President green light a commemorative postage stamp honoring the Japanese American World War II soldiers, known as “the Nisei soldiers.”
The USPS has delayed this stamp subject for ten years.

This heroic group suffered great loss fighting for freedom abroad while the US government denied their families freedom at home in the internment camps. When the US went to war with Japan, people doubted them only because their parents came from Japan. Their valor would prove their loyalty and earn them the distinction of one of the most decorated groups in our history.

This small stamp will be large in its reach as an iconic image to help define what it means to be an American.

Please preserve the legacy of these historic American veterans through a stamp.
Thank you!


For more info go to theydeserveastamp.org

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JACL Bookclub 2016

The next meeting of the St. Louis JACL bookclub is scheduled for:
7:00 pm Friday January 22, 2016.

We will be discussing I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.


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