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

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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





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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


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

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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.


For more information, please comment below.

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Japanese Festival 2015

It’s that time of year once again!
Come join us this Labor Day Weekend at the Missouri Botanical Garden for the
2015 Japanese Festival.JF_2015

Labor Day Weekend
September 5-7

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States.

Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.

Purchase Tickets

View schedule
Download program
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A Celebration of Japanese Culture

Coming in May…
At the Missouri History Museum

A Celebration of Japanese Culture
May is National Asian Pacific American Month. Learn about the Japanese culture through demonstrations of a tea ceremony, flower arrangement (ikebana), and the wearing of yukata. See a traditional doll display and enjoy kamishibai storytelling for children.

When: Sunday, May 17 2015 at 2:00 pm
Where: AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
How Much: Free

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White to Gray

February 6 – 22, 2015
Mustard Seed Theatre is proud to offer the world premiere of local playwright Rob Maesaka’s White to Gray – the story of a young couple, one white and one Japanese-American, en route to the mainland from Hawaii on a cruise ship when bombs drop on Pearl Harbor.  Amidst fear and uncertainty and caught in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, loyalties are tested and love comes under suspicion.

Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices:
General $30.00
Senior(65+)/Student ticket: $25.00

For tickets and more info head over to the Mustard Seed Theatre website.

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