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.

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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 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.

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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.

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St. Louis JACL Mourns Loss of Ronald Katsuyama

The St. Louis JACL is saddened by the passing of Ronald Katsuyama of the Dayton JACL Chapter on March 2, 2021. Ron was well-known to the St. Louis JACL because of his long-standing participation in the Midwest District Council of the JACL and president of the Dayton Chapter. Ron was a retired professor at the University of Dayton and an avid marathon runner. Ron served as JACL Midwest District Council Governor and held several National JACL Board Offices including Vice President of Public Affairs. Some may know of Ron’s daughter, Jana, who is a TV news anchor in San Francisco and has emceed many National JACL Convention events.

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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 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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