Thursday, January 29, 2009
The Nichi Bei Times is currently offering community organizations (this means us!) the opportunity to earn a little scratch with a new subscriber promotion.
It's pretty simple. Ask your folks, your aunties and uncles, your obaa-chan, the people at your church, in your taiko group, on your basketball team, at your JACL chapter, etc., to sign up for the paper. When they designate Nakayoshi as their donor organization on the subscription form (included below), we get 10 percent of their subscription cost.
Not sure who to hit up first? Start with yourself. For just 50 bucks a year, you can stay connected with what's happening in Japanese America and beyond. Come on--you might have spent 50 bucks last weekend on food and drink alone. Plus you're supporting a good cause; besides the money that goes to Nakayoshi, you'll also be helping to ensure that a deep-rooted Nikkei tradition continues to flourish into the future despite challenges ahead. I won't belabor the point, but I encourage you to check out my recent piece about the situation in the Nichi Bei Times.
If you have trouble downloading/printing the form, hit me up in the comments and I'll figure something out for you. Otherwise, get cracking! The promotion ends on March 19.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The Day of Remembrance committee is giving a call out for volunteers for the event, especially if you have experience in copy editing/writing or graphics and desktop publishing experience. Skilled volunteers are needed to help put together the printed program for the event itself. If you or anyone else you know would be interested in helping directly with producing the program, contact us immediately at email@example.com.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Day of Remembrance (DoR), DoR is an annual observance of the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Executive Order 9066 authorized the relocation and internment of 120,000 Japanese and Americans of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast during WWII. Every year, several observances are held throughout the Japanese American community in memorial of the generations before us who experienced and endured the internment, and to reflect on the historical impact the internment has had on not only the Japanese American community, but the rest of the nation as well. The Day of Remembrance is also often an opportunity for the community to celebrate the success of the campaign for Redress as well as examine the lessons of internment and parallels that exist between the internment experience and the experiences and civil rights issues facing Muslim and Arab American communities in post-9/11 America.
This year marks the 30th year the Day of Remembrance has been observed in the Bay Area. The 2009 Bay Area Day of Remembrance, with the theme of "Carrying the Light for Justice," takes place in San Francisco on Sunday, February 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sundance Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post St. (between Fillmore and Webster), with a reception at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St.
This year's program will include a keynote speech by US Congressman Mike Honda, a poetry reading by SF Poet Laureate Janice Mirikitani, a short film, presentation of the Clifford Uyeda Peace and Humanitarian Award, as well as a candle lighting ceremony and an interfaith procession. The event is sponsored by the Bay Area DOR Consortium (of which Nakayoshi is a participating organization) and funded in part by the San Francisco Japantown Foundation. A free reception at the JCCCNC will follow the program and procession.
Nakayoshi will also be selling tickets as well as volunteering at the event itself. Tickets are available through us for $12 in advance or $15 at the door. We may have complimentary tickets available for the first few Nakayoshi members who request them, so let us know if you're going! If you'd like to purchase tickets or help out, let us know by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the 2009 Bay Area Day of Remembrance, check out dayofremembrance.org, or call 415-921-5007.
We hope you can join us on February 22nd to pay our respects to the sacrifices of those before us and to the ongoing struggles of others.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Already up and running for 2009, Nakayoshi has been going full speed ahead, ringing in the new year with old traditions and chillin' out with old and new friends out on the ice...
As Nakayoshi looks forward to a new year, we hope to see you soon at one of our events in 2009!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It was the summer before sixth grade. I was in Ms. Dion’s class at Daruma-no-Gakko, a four week summer program for Japanese American elementary school students. Every foggy East Bay morning, my grandpa would my brother and I off in the parking lot outside a local church. There, John and I spent our summer morning making crafts, singing folks song, and cooking traditional food.
For the sixth graders at Daruma-no-Gakko, learning about what it meant to be Japanese American meant learning about our history, from our great grandparents who emigrated from places like Fukuoka and Hiroshima, to our grandparents who grew up playing baseball in camp, and our parents who came of age in the tumult of the 1960s.
For me and my classmates, we learned about the passage of Redress as history. In 1988, I was three years old and my brother was even born. For me, the story of Redress is not part of my own memory, but rather part of a collective memory shared by parents and grandparents and the community I grew up in.
Flash forward and I am a graduate student in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. I am spending my last summer as a student interning with the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Washington, DC.
During my lunch hour, I walk to the Japanese American National Memorial, which happens to be three blocks from my office near the Capitol. I sit near the edge of the fountain; eating my foil-wrapped sandwich and watching small birds splash around in the rushing water. As wandering tourists pass by, I wonder whether they understand the significance of this place.
The presence of such a memorial is itself testament to the perseverance, the gaman, of the Japanese American community.
As we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Redress, it is an opportunity to reflect upon our history, but more importantly our fundamental values. As Japanese Americans, as Asian Americans, and people of color, we have experienced many injustices at the hands of the government. Yet we have also experienced the righting of wrongs and the process of reconciliation. Although a check for twenty-thousand dollars and President Reagan’s signature could not bring back lost years or lost opportunities, Redress is a testament of American values of justice and equality.
Many of the times I spent sitting at the Japanese American memorial, I not only thought about my family’s history, but also my own future. My decision to pursue the study of government, particularly objective analysis, is in itself a testament to my faith in democracy and my hope for social justice. Yet my undergraduate background in Ethnic Studies taught me that the story of Redress for Japanese Americans is more of an exception than a rule.
My sophomore year at Brown University, I took a class in post civil war African American history. By chance, it was the same semester that the school was revisiting its role in the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in the United States. In fact, the oldest building on campus was built by the hands of a slave and some of the members of the Brown family had participated in the slave trade.
For my final paper in the class, I wrote a comparison between the Japanese American and African American experiences and the prospects for redress and reparations. While there are many differences between our histories, they evoked the same gut wrenching feeling of injustice and inequality.
In the class, we discussed the concept of reparations and redress. We talked about the experiences of the Jewish Diaspora after the Holocaust and the healing of South Africa after Apartheid. I learned that Japanese Americans are one of the few groups who have ever received monetary reparations for past injustice. The system is not always fair; actually, it usually is not.
How does the history of Redress inform my life and my work as a young Japanese American? It reminds me every day that there is injustice in this world, but also that there is always hope for change. As we approach the November election, it reminds me of the importance of civic participation, particularly for Asian Americans and communities of color. The story of Redress also reminds me that we must continue to fight for justice, both within and outside of politics. Redress was won not only by high profile leaders who maneuvered the political system in Washington, but also by community activists back home in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
This summer in DC, I interned at the Children’s Defense Fund. It is not an organization that advocates particularly for Japanese Americans or Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but for all American children. Under the leadership of Marian Wright-Edelman, it positions itself between vulnerable children and the federal government, serving as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. As a Japanese American, standing on the shoulders of the many activists before me, I am inspired to be part of this effort, tackling the same racial inequality that our community has experienced as well.Wherever we find ourselves as young Japanese Americans, whether it be in the Japanese American community or outside of it, inside of government or outside, I hope that we can continue to work toward the same values that are fundamental to our history. We hold a powerful legacy, one of dignity and perseverance; a legacy that testifies to the paramount importance of justice, equality, and freedom. I hope we can honor the work of those who came before us in our work today and tomorrow.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
love list: sprout bunny, marathon running, rock climbing, green tea lattes, Jonathan safran foer and his novels, Jason Mraz and his music, community service, peanut butter mochi and The Office.
hate list: Creed from The Office, that sound of silverware scratching plates, fur and the people who wear them.
profession: Programs Associate at the JCCCNC
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Happy New Year everyone! We hope you have a lot to look forward to in 2009 - Nakayoshi certainly has a lot in the works for the upcoming year! Since our first Meet & Greet BBQ event in June until now, we really appreciate everyone who has come to our events, signed up on our Facebook group/e-mail list, and have helped contribute to build Nakayoshi up to what we are today. We are incredibly excited to announce that the NCWNP District of the JACL has generously provided Nakayoshi with a greatly expanded budget in 2009 for increasing our outreach efforts and putting on even more great events for our members. Besides our monthly social events and community volunteering opportunities, we'll also be putting together some career development and networking-focused events in the coming year. We'll continue to do our best in 2009 to provide you with opportunities to get involved, connect with the community as well as meet people and have fun at the same time!
In this update (new events in bold):
1/10/09 - Oshogatsu Festival Volunteering
1/25/09 - January Monthly Meeting
1/29-30/09 - Japan Dance Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Saturday, January 10th, 2009: Oshogatsu Festival Volunteering
Join Nakayoshi as we volunteer with API Legal Outreach, JCYC and the San Francisco JACL at the Oshogatsu Festival at the JCCCNC. This year's festival activities include arts & crafts for children, a children's art contest, traditional mochitsuki (New Year rice pounding), food, cultural performances (including odori, kendo and taiko) and much more! Bring a t-shirt and have it screen printed with the Oshogatsu logo. Volunteers are needed for setup, assistance at crafts tables for children and for cleanup. Setup begins at 9am, the event runs from 11am-3pm, with cleanup after. Please e-mail us at email@example.com and let us know ASAP if you can help out, even if it's only for an hour or two!
When: Saturday, January 10th, 2009
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, volunteer shifts available throughout the event
Location: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, January 17th, 2009: Nighttime Ice Skating Social
This month's social event will be nighttime ice skating in the city! Meet up with the rest of your Nakayoshi buddies for a fun night on the ice and perhaps more afterward. Please note there has been a change in the venue since we posted the event in last month's update. We will be meeting at the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center in downtown San Francisco, across from the Metreon. For more details on the ice rink, click here. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Time: 9:00 - 11:00pm
Location: Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, 750 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA
Price: $9.25/person (includes admission and skate rentals)
When: Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: JACL National Headquarters, 1765 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Thursday-Friday, January 29-30, 2009: Japan Dance Now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
YBCA invites Nakayoshi Young Professionals to see Japan Dance Now – a triple bill of Japan's hottest new dance artists – with a special 2-for- 1 ticket offer on Thurs, Jan 29 and Fri, Jan 30 at 8 pm. (Individual tickets are $30 Regular). The artists in Japan Dance Now —Nibroll, BABY-Q and Sennichimae Blue Sky Dance Club—are inspired by technology, pop culture, visual art and fashion design. Don't miss this rare U.S. appearance of electric experimental dance by Japan's newest generation of dance artists!
To purchase your tickets call 415.978.2787 or stop by the YBCA Box Office at 701 Mission Street and mention the Nakayoshi Young Professionals discount code: 4337.
You may also purchase 2-for-1 tickets online:
1. Go to ybca.org/tickets/account/
2. Log in or register, and enter the promo code 4337 (To receive the discount you must enter the promo code when logging in)
3. Select the Thurs, Jan 29 or Fri, Jan 30 performance of Japan Dance Now from the calendar of eventsUpcoming Events in February
Save these dates! More February events and details coming soon!
All events are free and open to anyone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to forward this message along to your friends or anyone interested. Not on the Nakayoshi e-mail list? Click here to subscribe. Have questions? Want to sign up or RSVP for an event? E-mail Nakayoshi at: email@example.com. For additional information and updates, be sure to check the Nakayoshi blog at http://www.nakayoshi-jacl.blogspot.com/ or find us on Facebook! Nakayoshi is a program sponsored by the Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Learn about the Queen Program and what it means to be a part of something special!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Union Bank Hospitality Room, Miyako Mall
San Francisco’s Japantown
· Learn about your Japanese culture & heritage
· Be a leader in the Japanese American community
· Develop your leadership skills
· Travel to Japanese festivals around the world
· Be a part of a 41 year-long tradition
For more information please visit our website: http://www.nccbfqueenprogram.org/
Hosted by the 2008 Cherry Blossom Court