2021 JACL National Scholarship Program

Freshman applications are now closed. Applications for the general (non-freshman) scholarship are now open until April 1, 2021. Information is available on the JACL website http://www.jacl.org and can be accessed by clicking on the “Youth” tab.

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Korean-American Film “Minari” Discussion Event

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On February 21, 2021 members of the St. Louis JACL held an impromptu Zoom meeting to discuss the film drama “Minari” that was earlier available for streaming. “Minari” is the immigrant story of a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm. The film was presented by A24 through Cinema St. Louis. “Minari” is written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. Steven Yeun is among the talented group of actors that perform wonderfully throughout this film, which won the 2021 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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2021 National JACL Scholarships Now Open!

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The 2021 National JACL Scholarships are now available for students. Freshman applicants must be JACL members and must submit their applications on line through the link below by March 1, 2021. The local St. Louis JACL Scholarships will be open later this spring.

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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit at Soldiers Memorial in St. Louis

A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute will be hosted at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum at 1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, Missouri 63103. The exhibit titled “Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II” will run from July 24, 2021 through October 3, 2021. Among the artifacts in the exhibit is a dress that was made by St. Louis JACL member Pauline Sakahara while she was incarcerated.



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St. Louis JACL Mourns Passing of Harry Hayashi

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St. Louis JACL member and 1954 St. Louis Chapter President, Harry Hayashi, passed away on December 23, 2020 at age 102 in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Hayashi served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 160th Hospital Medical group. Mr. Hayashi graduated from Washington University and worked for 35 years at Incarnate Word Hospital. A military funeral is planned for Spring 2021.

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St. Louis JACL Sponsorship of SLIFF

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The St. Louis JACL is sponsoring the 2020 St. Louis International Film Festival film “A Shot Through the Wall” directed by Aimee Long. The film is set in modern-day New York and touches themes of media, justice, and racial politics. The 2020 St. Louis Virtual Film Festival (SLIFF) will run from November 5-22, 2020. Please see cinemastlouis.org/sliff/film-listings for tickets and passes.


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2021 JACL Book Club Selection: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

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The novel “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett has been selected for the 2021 JACL Book Club scheduled for January 8, 2021. This book discussion will be conducted virtually using Zoom. We invite anyone that wants to participate to contact stljacl1@gmail.com after December 15, 2020 to get the details on the Zoom event. To receive more information on this The New York Times-best seller, please click the link below. We hope you can join us for the lively discussion!


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“Finding Solace in the Soil” Available for Preorders

The book “Finding Solace in the Soil: An Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache” by Dr. Bonnie J. Clark is now available for preorder. Japanese American Citizens League members receive a 40% discount by using the promo code CLAR20 at checkout. The easiest way to order is by hitting the “Buy Now” button at the website below.


Dr. Bonnie J. Clark is a professor and curator for archaeology at the University of Denver. Artifacts and displays from Dr. Clark’s research at Amache (Southeastern Colorado), a camp that incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, were displayed at the Missouri Botanical Garden during 2019 and Dr. Clark made a presentation at the Missouri Botanical Garden in May 2019.

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Richard Henmi Online Memorial Announced

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There will be an online memorial service for Richard “Dick” Henmi on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm Central time. Please sign in through the information contained on the memorial website.


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Wendy Roll Receives Past President’s Pin

Wendy Roll, now resident of Huntsville, Alabama, recently received her much deserved JACL Past President’s Pin. Mrs. Roll was the longest serving president in St. Louis JACL Chapter history presiding during the years 2003 to 2019. Congratulations, Wendy, and thank you for your contributions!

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