News and Events Archive

News: 07.03.14
July 2014 Newsletter
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News: 06.02.14
June 2014 Newsletter
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News: 05.02.14
May 2014 Newsletter
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News: 04.02.14
April 2014 Newsletter
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News: 03.02.14
March 2014 Newsletter
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Event: 02.24.14
Day of Remembrance:
Filmaker and Director of Pilgrimage 
Tad Nakamura 
6 pm
Braker Hall, Room 001
Tufts University
Medford, MA

News: 02.03.14
February 2014 Newsletter
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Event: 02.02.14
"Pilgrimage" to be featured 
at 2014 Day of Remembrance
Filmmaker Tad Nakamura and his 
documentary, Pilgrimage, will 
highlight this year's Day of 
Remembrance program on Monday, 
February 24 at 6 pm, at Tufts University 
in Medford. Nakamura's film and talk in 
Braker Hall, Room 001, will be followed 
by a light dinner reception in the Rabb 
Room of the Lincoln-Filene Center 
(adjacent to Braker Hall). For more
information, see this month's JACL
newsletter.

News: 01.06.14
January 2014 Newsletter
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News: 12.02.13
December 2013 Newsletter
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News: 11.05.13
November 2013 Newsletter
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Event: 10.24.13
Talk: Japan's Continuing
Nuclear Nightmare [ Flyer ]
5:30-7 pm
32-155 Stata Center
Massachusetts Institute
of Technology
Cambridge, MA

News: 10.03.13
Japan's Continuing Nuclear Nightmare
The NEJACL is cosponsoring a special forum 
on Japan's Continuing Nuclear Nightmare on 
Thursday, October 24 5:30-7 at MIT (32-155 in 
the Stata Center). Ken Oye, MIT Professor and 
NEJACL co-president, will moderate a panel 
of experts. Parking and location information
included on the event flyer.

News: 10.02.13
October 2013 Newsletter
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News: 09.03.13
September 2013 Newsletter
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News: 08.02.13
August 2013 Newsletter
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News: 06.05.13
June 2013 Newsletter
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Event: 05.11.13
Brookline Sakura Matsuri
Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm
Brookline High School
115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA
News: 05.01.13
May 2013 Newsletter
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News: 04.29.13
Brookline Sakura Matsuri
The NE JACL will have a table at the 
Brookline Sakura Matsuri (Cherry 
Blossom Festival) on Saturday, May 11 
starting at noon at the Brookline High 
School, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline. 
The event will feature food, music crafts, 
games and dancing. It is sponsored by 
The Genki Spark and the Brookline High
School Japan Program.

The event will run from 12pm-3pm. We 
would love to have people volunteer to 
sit at the NEJACL table. Perhaps you 
could volunteer for an hour, or 
throughout the festival. We will have 
membership flyers and host a fun game. 
Last year it was a trivia game on Japanese 
American trivia.

Please email Erin Hashimoto-Martell 
at hashimoto@nejacl.org if you are able 
to volunteer, and for what time. We 
look forward to seeing you there!

See photos and write up from last year:
http://www.nejacl.org/gallery.html

News: 04.03.13
April 2013 Newsletter
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News: 03.05.13
March 2013 Newsletter
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Event: 02.11.13
Day of Remembrance:
Japanese American Internment 
and the Competition of Empires 
during WWII
Featured Speaker Takashi Fujitani
6:30 pm
ASEAN Auditorium
Cabot Intercultural Center
170 Packard Ave, 
Medford, MA

News: 02.03.13
Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Internment 
and the Competition of Empires during WWII
The 2013 Day of Remembrance will be held on Monday 
February 11 at 6:30 at ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Intercultural 
Center, 170 Packard Ave, Medford. The featured speaker is 
Takashi Fujitani, Professor of History and the Director in Asian 
Pacific Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. Prof. 
Fujitani will discuss the treatment of Japanese Americans 
during and immediately after World War II within the context 
of the competition of empires, most particularly, the competition 
between the US and Japan for dominance in the Asia Pacific. 
The program is free and open to the public.

News: 02.02.13
February 2013 Newsletter
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News: 01.05.13
January 2013 Newsletter
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News: 12.04.12
December 2012 Newsletter
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Event: 11.04.12
Isamu Noguchi:
Bridging Cultures
An Illustrated Talk by
Robert J. Maeda
2 pm
Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Road
Concord, MA

News: 11.01.12
November 2012 Newsletter
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News: 10.13.12
Paul Watanabe Named to New
Census Bureau Advisory Committee
Congratulations to NEJACL member Paul 
Watanabe for being named to the  National 
Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and 
Other Populations. 

Click here for more information.

News: 10.03.12
October 2012 Newsletter
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Events: 09.21.12 [Event Flyer]
Colors of Confinement: 
Rare Kodachrome Photographs 
of Japanese American 
Incarceration in World War II
1 pm
Wheatley Hall, Second Floor, 
Room 200
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA

News: 09.03.12
September 2012 Newsletter
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News: 07.31.12
August 2012 Newsletter
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News: 07.30.12
Isamu Noguchi: Bridging Cultures
Save Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm. The New 
England JACL and the Concord Art Association 
will host an illustrated talk by Robert J. Maeda.
He will discuss the life and work of Isamu 
Noguchi who was one of the 20th Century's 
most important and critically acclaimed sculptors.   
 
Admission is free and open to the public, but 
reservations are requested because of 
limited seating.  For reservations, please call the 
Concord Art Association at 978-369-2578. 

News: 06.05.12
June 2012 Newsletter
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Event: 05.18.12
Chef's Table 2 [Event Reservation Form]
6:30 pm
Asian Garden Restaurant
28 Harrison Street
Chinatown, Boston, MA

Event: 05.12.12
Genki Spark: 
Brookline Sakura Masturi Festival
1-3 pm
Brookline High School Quad
115 Greenough Street
Brookline, MA

News: 05.09.12
The Brookline Sakura Masturi Festival
The NEJACL is a collaborating organization for the
Brookline Sakura Masturi Festival on May 12, 2012. 
This festival will include a cherry tree planting ceremony, 
taiko drumming (with the Genki Spark), music, bon odori, 
food booths, games and crafts. For more information, go
to: www.thegenkispark.org

News: 04.28.12
The Chef's Table 2
The NEJACL will be hosting another Chef's Table 
dining adventure on Friday, May 18th, this time with 
Chinese food. It will be in a small, family operated 
restaurant in the heart of Chinatown. Details about 
this event are contained in the reservation form. 
We hope you will join us. Seating will be limited, 
so be sure to send in your reservation early.

News: 04.27.12
May 2012 Newsletter
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News: 04.02.12
April 2012 Newsletter
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News: 03.01.12
March 2012 Newsletter
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News: 02.18.12
Susumu Ito on CNN
NEJACL Board Member Sus Ito recently 
appeared on CNN. Go to the website's Gallery 
section for the clip: Gallery.

Event: 02.27.12
The Genki Spark Special Event:
Day of Remembrance 
[Event Registration]
6-9:30
The Genki Spark
MAP for Health
322 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Event: 02.22.12
NEJACL Day of Remembrance 
[Event Flyer]
4:30-6:30
University of Massachusetts Boston
Campus Center 3/F Room 3545 
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA

News: 02.01.12
February 2012 Newsletter
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News: 01.30.12
This year's Day of Remembrance  program is 
titled, From Confinement to College and will
be presented on Wednesday, February 22, 
from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Room 3545 of the 
Campus Center at UMass Boston.  Featured 
speakers are Paul Watanabe, Professor of 
Political Science and Director of the Institute for 
Asian American Studies, UMass Boston, and 
Laura Ng, graduate student in Historical 
Archaeology.  They will discuss the video oral 
history project they recently completed about the 
Nisei who left the camps during World War II to 
continue their college educations. Video clips will 
be shown and some of the interviewees are expected 
to attend. The program is free and open to the 
public. Paid parking is available at the North Lot, 
closest to the Campus Center. For a campus map 
go to: Parking Information 

News: 12.01.11
December 2011 Newsletter
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News: 11.15.11
2012 JACL Scholarship Program
The NEJACL is pleased to announce the 2012
national JACL Scholarship Program. The JACL 
offers more than 30 awards, with an annual total 
of over $70,000 in scholarships.  If you are 
interested in applying for a JACL scholarship,
please visit the JACL scholarship page:
www.jacl.org/edu/scholar.htm.

News: 11.02.11
November 2011 Newsletter
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News: 11.01.11
Japanese American World War II Veterans Program
On November 1st, from 10:30-12, the WWII Memorial 
program will pay tribute to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 
442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence 
Service.

View it live at: www.pentagonchannel.mil

Event: 11.12.11 [Event Website]
Boston Asian American Film Festival:
One Big Hapa Family
2 pm
Bright Family Screening Room
The Paramount Center
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA

News: 10.31.11
NEJACL at BAAFF 2011
NEJACL is co-presenting the showing of the film, 
"One Big Hapa Family" at this year's Boston Asian 
American Film Festival. A film summary is below.
Film tickets can be bought at a pre-sale discount 
on the Boston Asian American FIlm Festival website:
www.baaff.org

The NEJACL will be gathering for dinner at China Garden 
following the film. Please RSVP to Ken Oye, 
(oye@nejacl.org) so he can make reservations.

One Big Hapa Family
Film summary: After a realization at a family reunion, half 
Japanese-Canadian filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, 
embarks on a journey of self-discovery to find out why 
everyone in his Japanese-Canadian family married 
interracially after his grandparents' generation. This 
feature live action and animated documentary explores 
why almost 100% of all Japanese-Canadians are 
marrying interracially, the highest out of any other ethnic 
group in Canada, and how their mixed children perceive
their unique multiracial identities. One Big Hapa Family 
challenges our perceptions of purity and makes us 
question if mixing is the end of multiculturalism as we 
know it.

News: 10.06.11
October 2011 Newsletter
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News: 09.04.11
September 2011 Newsletter
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Event: 09.10.11 [Event Flyer]
Debra Samuels Book Talk
"My Japanese Table: A Lifetime of 
Cooking with Friends and Family"
2 pm
Lincoln Public Library
3 Bedford Road
Lincoln, MA

News: 08.04.11
August 2011 Newsletter
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RSVP Now for the Debra Samuels Book Talk
Click here for the event flyer for the NEJACL 
September 10th Event: "A Book Talk with 
Debra Samuels." The event is free and open 
to the public, but due to limited seating, advance 
reservations are requested. Please e-mail 
yamamoto@nejacl.org or call 781-259-9444.	

News: 07.16.11
The New England JACL now has a Facebook page. 
Be sure to "Like" us to receive regular updates.
NEJACL @ Facebook.com

And don't forget to "+1" our website (www.nejacl.org)
if you are using Google+.

News: 07.09.11
Summer 2011 Newsletter
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News: 05.30.11
June 2011 Newsletter
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News: 05.26.11
Now Renew Your JACL Membership Online
The National JACL has created a system
to renew your membership fast and conveniently 
online. Please visit www.jacl.org/member/index.php.          
and don't forget to select NEW ENGLAND as your 
chapter.

News: 05.13.11
Nahoko Harada Featured on Boston.com
Boston.com recently featured NEJACL 
member Nahoko Harada on its blog.
Click here to read the article on 
her relief work in Japan.

News: 05.02.11
May 2011 Newsletter
Click here for the May 2011 Newsletter.

The Chef's Table Series
You are invited to the Chef's Table on 
Wednesday, May 25, at 7 pm at the 
Daikanyama Restaurant at Bloomingdale's 
in Chestnut Hill.  The Chef's Table is a 
new series of Asian food and restaurant 
events being co-sponsored by New Asian 
Cuisine and NEJACL. Featured will be 
the Miyabi Zen meal that includes a 
variety of traditional Japanese dishes.
You will have an opportunity to meet chef 
Daisuki Shimizu and ask him about the 
food you have eaten. Tickets are $50, 
reservation deadline is Friday, May 20. 
Seating is limited, so make your reservation 
early. For more information, click here 
for the event flyer. To make a reservation,
please contact Margie Yamamoto at 
yamamoto@nejacl.org.

Event: 05.25.11 [Event Flyer]
The Chef's Table
7 pm
Daikanyama Restaurant
255 Boylston Street 
(in the Chestnut Hill Mall) 
Newton, MA

News: 04.07.11
April 2011 Newsletter
Click here for the April 2011 Newsletter.

The Chef's Table Series
The New England Chapter of JACL is 
partnering with New Asian Cuisine to 
sponsor a series of Chef's Table dinners 
for our members and friends. Each dinner 
will be at a different Asian restaurant in 
the Greater Boston area featuring the 
specialties of the house. You'll have 
an opportunity to meet the chef and 
ask him/her questions. Our first Chef's 
Table will be held on Wednesday, 
May 25. Details on cuisine, restaurant, 
and cost will be posted soon.  

Event: 04.02.11 [Event Flyer]
The Crisis in Japan
10 am to 11:30 am
Wellesley Friends Meeting
26 Benvenue Street
Wellesley, MA

News: 03.23.11
The Crisis in Japan Talk
The New England JACL will be co-hosting an 
event with the Wellesley Friends Meeting 
titled, "The Crisis in Japan." a presentation 
and discussion with Kenneth Oye, MIT 
Political Science and Engineering Systems.
Ken Oye has written on Japanese nuclear 
policies and was in Tokyo during the 
earthquake. He will make a short presentation 
to kick off discussion. For more information
please download the event flyer.

News: 03.17.11
Ken Oye to Appear Tonight on WGBH's
Greater Boston
Ken Oye, New England JACL Co-President, 
will speak tonight about the crisis in Japan 
on Emily Rooney's Greater Boston show on 
WGBH-TV, Channel 2 at 7 PM. The show 
segment is available on our Gallery page.

Ken Oye Discusses Japan at Starr Forum
Ken Oye was a panelist at the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology Starr Forum on March 
16, 2011. Video is available on our Gallery page.

News: 03.15.11
DONATE NOW: 
The Japan Relief and Recovery Fund
The JACL announced today that it has 
joined with two organizations in an effort 
to support relief and recovery efforts in 
Japan following the devastating earthquake 
and tsunami. 100% of funds donated will 
be dedicated exclusively to relief and 
recovery efforts in Japan. 

Click here to donate to the Direct Relief 
International Japan Relief and Recovery Fund.

Click here to donate to the Japanese Cultural
and Community Center of Northern California.

Event: 02.12.11 [Event Flyer]
Day of Remembrance 2011
Featuring the film 442nd: Live With
Honor, Die With Dignity and a 
conversation with Sus Ito
1:30 pm
Tufts University
Sophia Gordon Hall East
1st Floor Multi-purpose Room
15 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA
T Stop: Davis Square

News: 02.01.11
February/March 2011 Newsletter
Click here for the February/March 2011 Newsletter.

News: 01.16.11 
Day of Remembrance 2011
The New England JACL and the Tufts Asian 
American Center have partnered to sponsor
this year's Day of Remembrance, which will
be held at Tufts University on February 12th.
Click here for the event's flyer.

Event: 11.12.10
Boston Asian Film Festival
Showing of AOKI
7-9 pm
The Paramount Theater
559 Washington Street
Boston, MA
T Stop: Downtown Crossing or
Boylston

News: 11.01.10
November 2010 Newsletter
Click here for the November 2010 Newsletter.

News: 10.29.10
BAAFF: AOKI
The New England JACL will be sponsoring
the showing of AOKI, a documentary about
the Japanese American founder of the
Black Panthers. It will be held at the 
Paramount Theater in downtown Boston
on November 12th, from 7-9 pm.

For tickets, more information, or the film's trailer: 
www.aarw.org/aoki

Become a fan of the showing on Facebook:
AOKI @ Facebook

Presented with the Boston Center for Community 
and Justice and Discovery Roxbury.

Event: 10.16.10
Boston Asian American Film Festival
The New England JACL is pleased to serve as a 
co-presenter of the Boston Asian American Film 
Festival (BAAFF).  The festival will take place from 
November 11-14.  Please join us at the BAAFF 
fundraising launch party on Wednesday, October 20, 
6-9PM at Splash Ultra Lounge, 150 Kneeland Street, 
Boston. Come hear this year's line up, watch previews, 
enjoy food, games, raffles and prizes, and support the 
festival. $15 admission pre-sale, $20 admission 
same-day. Buy your admission ticket by October 19 
and save $5!

For more information:
http://www.aarw.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=22

To become a Facebook fan of BAAFF 2010:
BAAFF @ Facebook

News: 09.24.10
Fall 2010 Newsletter
Click here for the Fall 2010 Newsletter.

News: 08.18.10
Summer 2010 Newsletter
Click here for the Summer 2010 Newsletter.

Call for Submissions to Asian American 
Studies Research Conference
The UMass Institute for Asian American Studies 
is helping to organize a conference this with with 
the Asian Americans in New England Research 
Initiative Network.  They are seeking proposals 
for papers and round tables. Click here for the 
Call for Submissions.  The Deadline is 
September 15, 2010.   

Event: 02.20.10 [Event Flyer]
Day of Remembrance: 
The Words and Images of Mine 
Okubo & Michi Weglyn  
3-5 pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Building E25, Room 117
Cambridge, MA

News: 04.15.10
The Japanese Consul General's office has 
announced an exciting program for high 
school and college age Japanese American 
students. It includes an all expenses paid trip 
to Japan.  Click here to download details and 
application forms:
Description
Application

News: 03.16.10
March 2010 Newsletter Addendum
Click here for the March 2010 Newsletter Addendum.

Event: 02.20.10 [Event Flyer]
Day of Remembrance: 
The Words and Images of Mine 
Okubo & Michi Weglyn  
3-5 pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Building E25, Room 117
Cambridge, MA

News: 02.01.10
February-March 2010 Newsletter
Click here for the February-March 2010 Newsletter.

News: 01.20.10
Day of Remembrance 2010
Information about this year's Day of Remembrance            
is available on this flyer.

Event: 01.13.09  [Event Flyer]
Making Sense of the Census
9-11 am
Institute for Asian American Studies 
UMass Boston
Campus Center Room 3540
Boston, MA

News: 01.12.10
January-February 2010 Newsletter
Click here for the January-February 2010 Newsletter.

News: 01.03.09
2010 Census
With the new decade upon us, the JACL 
released a new 2010 Census page on the 
JACL website. You can visit the page under 
the Public Policy section or go here: 
www.jacl.org/public_policy/census2010 

The JACL encourages you to take action 
by educating yourself about the 2010 Census, 
educating others, and filling out your form.

News: 12.28.09
Internees Receive Their Degrees 
After 67 Years
Recently Japanese-Americans received 
honorary degrees from UC Berkeley, to amend
the injustice of their studies being abruptly 
ended by their internment during World War II. 
For the video, please click here.

News: 11.19.09
November 2009 Newsletter
Click here for the November 2009 NEJACL 
Newsletter click here: Newsletter.

Sus Ito's Appearance on Public
Radio International
Our chapter's star speaker on the 
442nd, Sus Ito was featured on 
The World, the international news 
program produced by WGBH
and Public Radio International.

To listen to the full audio: Click here.
(To download, Mac users control 
click and "download linked file" and 
Windows users right click and "save 
target as"...)

Gallery Update
The gallery page has been updated
with recent events: Gallery.

Event: 11.07.09 [Event Flyer]
JACL Panel Discussion: 
US Census and Identity
4-5:30 pm, Saturday, November 7, 2009
MIT E51-145, Wadsworth & Amherst Streets
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

Event: 10.24.09
AARW Annual Banquet
6 pm, Saturday, October 24, 2009
Chau Chow City
Chinatown, Boston, MA
For more information:  www.aarw.org

News: 10.17.09
Upcoming New England JACL Events
Two events have been added to the 
New England JACL Fall Calendar.

On October 24, 2009, the AARW 
Annual banquet on will be honoring 
one of our members, Mari Oye, with the
May Takayanagi Making Waves Award. 
Two years ago Mari made headlines 
when she and fellow Presidential 
Scholars presented a letter to then 
President George Bush asking the 
government to reject torture and treat 
terrorism suspects humanely. The event
begins at 6 pm and features a 10-course 
banquet. Tickets may be purchased at:  
www.aarw.org.

On November 7, 2009, the New England 
JACL will partner with MIT to co-sponsor 
a discussion on the upcoming 2010 US 
Census and Identity. The featured speaker 
will be Paul Watanabe, director of the institute 
of Asian American Studies and professor of 
Political Science at UMass Boston. Earlier 
this year Paul was appointed to the Asian 
Advisory Committee for the 2010 Census. 
Details about other speakers and location 
will be posted later this month.

News: 06.21.09
JACL supports H.R. 2709: Reuniting 
Families Act
The JACL supports the preservation, 
unification, and strengthening of
families and strongly supports the 
Reuniting Families Act. Please join
the JACL and other Asian American 
organizations in informing members 
of Congress that our broken immigration 
system needs to be fixed now. We urge 
you to sign the petition today. Sign the 
petition by clicking here. 

Event: 09.17.09
National JACL Gala
The JACL will honor Japanese American 
veterans at its Third National JACL Gala to 
be held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 
September 17, 2009. An award will also be 
presented to Senator Daniel K. Akaka, who 
has been diligently working in the United 
States Senate for the good of veterans for 
many years.

For details, visit www.jacl.org

News: 05.13.09
The JACL National Youth Conference
The JACL is seeking youth or students to 
participate in the National Youth Conference.
The Conference is open to everyone, not just 
individuals with Japanese heritage.

For more information, please see their website:
www.jacl.org/youth/conference-youth.html

News: 05.09.09
JACL opposes Texas voter legislation
The Japanese American Citizens League 
announced its opposition to a bill in 
the Texas legislature, S.B. 362, that 
would impose strict identification 
requirements for voting.  In addition 
to a voter registration certificate, 
voters would also need identification 
such as a driver's license.

For more information: Press Release

Event: 06.20.09 [Event Flyer]
Bento & Baseball 
Our second annual Bento & Baseball 
event in Lowell. This year we'll be 
featuring the film Kokoyakyu, a 
documentary about a high school 
baseball tournament in Japan. Join 
us for all or part of the day. A flyer 
with complete details is enclosed 
with this newsletter. We'll be starting 
at 2 pm with the film, followed by the 
potluck bento at 3:15, and then a 
Lowell Spinners baseball game at the 
nearby stadium. 

For more information:  Bento & Baseball 2009

News: 05.07.09
Bento & Baseball 2009
Save the date, Saturday, June 20, for 
our second annual Bento & Baseball 
event in Lowell. Reserve your seat
today by contacting Steve at:
nishino@nejacl.org or (781) 647-9293.

News: 05.07.09
Spring 2009 Newsletter
Click here for the Spring 2009 NEJACL 
Newsletter click here: Newsletter.

News: 04.13.09
April 2009 Newsletter
Click here for the April 2009 NEJACL 
Newsletter click here: Newsletter.

News: 04.08.09
Nisei Commemorative Stamp
The JACL is asking its members and 
friends to write letters of support 
for the Japanese American (Nisei) 
WWII Veterans Commemorative Stamp 
proposed to the United States Postal 
Service.Personal letters are best, 
and a past 2007 sample letter can 
be found at the campaign's website: 
www.niseistamp.org

Send letters to:
Chairperson Jean Picker Firstenberg
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
1735 North Lynn Street, Suite 5013
Arlington, VA 22209-6432

News: 03.20.09
NEJACL RSS Feed
Stay updated to the latest news and 
events, by subscribing to the New
England JACL RSS Feed. This allows
subscribers to easily stay informed 
by retrieving the latest content from 
our site to your e-mail or web browser.

News: 03.15.09
White House Internship Program
President Obama has launched the White 
House Internship Program for his 
administration and announced that 
applications are currently being
accepted for the summer of 2009.  
Those selected to participate in the
program will gain valuable job experience 
and an inside look at the life of White 
House staff while building leadership 
skills. The 2009 Summer Internship 
program runs from May 22 to August 14, 
and the submission deadline is March 22, 
2009. 

For more information: 
www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships

News: 03.25.09
Beating the Odds: 
Addressing Problem Gambling in the 
Asian American Community
The Institute for Asian American Studies
at UMass Boston will have a panel 
addressing the gambling problem in 
the Asian American community. It will 
be held on Wednesday, March 25 from 
2 to 3:30 pm.  
Click here for more information

News: 02.04.09-04.22.09
2009 Japanese Film Series
Celebrating 50 years of the Boston-Kyoto 
city sisterhood, Boston University's 
Asian Studies program will be screening 
a diverse variety of films, from classics 
of the past (particularly three films set 
in Kyoto) to more recent masterpieces. 
Seating is limited on a first-come, 
first-served basis.

Films for Spring 2009 include:
2/4: Rikyu (1989)
2/11: Sanjuro (1962)
2/18: Linda Linda Linda (2005)
2/25: Late Spring (1949)
3 /4: Ikiru (1952)
3/18: Nausica: of the Valley of the 
Wind (1984)
3/25: Naniwa Elegy (1936)
4/1: Hula Girls (2006)
4/8: The Burmese Harp (1956) 
4/15: Sisters of the Gion (1936)
4/22: Substitute screening in case of 
snow cancellation

For more information
BU Calendar
Asian Studies at BU

News: 02.20.09
National JACL Scholarships
The 2009 National JACL Scholarship Program's
information brochure and applications are now
available. For more information go to our
scholarship page.

Event: 02.05.09
JACL-Lowell Spinners Baseball Event 2009
Due to the success of last year's Bento and
Baseball, the NEJACL will be again hosting
an outing to the minor league ballpark in
Lowell. Mark your calendars for June 20th.
More details to come...

News: 01.29.09
January 2009 Newsletter
Click here for the January 2009 NEJACL
Newsletter click here: Newsletter.

Event: 03.25.09
Beating the Odds:
Addressing Problem Gambling in the
Asian American Community
The Institute for Asian American Studies
at UMass Boston will have a panel
addressing the gambling problem in
the Asian American community. It will
be held on Wednesday, March 25 from
2 to 3:30 pm.
Click here for more information

Event: 02.04.09-04.22.09
2009 Japanese Film Series
Celebrating 50 years of the Boston-Kyoto
city sisterhood, Boston University's
Asian Studies program will be screening
a diverse variety of films, from classics
of the past (particularly three films set
in Kyoto) to more recent masterpieces.
Seating is limited on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Films for Spring 2009 include:
2/4: Rikyu (1989)
2/11: Sanjuro (1962)
2/18: Linda Linda Linda (2005)
2/25: Late Spring (1949)
3 /4: Ikiru (1952)
3/18: Nausica of the Valley of the
Wind (1984)
3/25: Naniwa Elegy (1936)
4/1: Hula Girls (2006)
4/8: The Burmese Harp (1956)
4/15: Sisters of the Gion (1936)
4/22: Substitute screening in case of
snow cancellation

For more information
BU Calendar
Asian Studies at BU

Event: 02.28.09
So, What Are You, Anyway?
Multiracialism in the 21st Century
The Harvard College Half Asian Persons
Association (Harvard HAPA) in conjunction
with SwirlBoston presents a conference on
biracial and multiracial identity.

Event Flyer: Click here.
For more information: hapa.eventbrite.com

News: 10.18.08
October 2008 Newsletter
Click here for the October 2008 NEJACL.

Event: 02.19.09
Tufts Day of Remembrance 2009
Tufts University will be hosting a Day of
Remembrance program featuring Kerry Jo
Nakagawa, baseball historian and author of
Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese
American Baseball. The program entitled
American Pastime: Baseball Behind Barbed
Wire will be held on Thursday, February 19
from 5:30 to 7 pm on the Tufts campus,
Pearson 104 (Talbot Avenue). Nakagawa founded
the Nisei Baseball Research project (NBRP) in
1996 to preserve the history of Japanese
American Baseball (www.niseibaseball.com).
He was also an associate producer and starred
in the 2007 film American Pastime, the story
about baseball at the Topaz internment camp.
After the program, there will be a dinner reception
at the Asian American Center. For more information
contact the Asian American Center at 617.627.3056
or email: asianamcenter@tufts.edu

Event: 02.19.09
UConn Day of Remembrance 2009
Robert T. Hayashi, winner of the 2007 National
Council on Public History Book Award, will be
the featured speaker at the Day of Remembrance
program sponsored by several University of
Connecticut departments including the Asian
American Studies Institute, Storrs campus. The
program will be held at the campus Student Union
Ballroom on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 4 pm. The
program is free and open to the public.
Hayashi's book Haunted by Waters: A Journey
through Race and Place in the American West
takes us thorugh the history of Idaho's Nez
Perce, Chinese, Shoshone, Mormon and Japanese
American residents. His stories are taken from
memoirs, oral interviews, poetry, legal cases,
government documents, and the occasional road
sign. Hayashi is currently Assistant Professor
of English and American Studies at Amherst
College. Haunted by Waters is his first book.
More information is available at:
asianamerican.uconn.edu/events.htm.

Event: 02.13.09
UConn Pan Asian Council: Styles of Asia
The Pan Asian Council of the University of
Connecticut's Asian American Cultural Center
is hosting Styles of Asia, a special cultural
and fundraising event showcasing fashions,
traditions and food from the Asian continent.
It will be held at the University of
Connecticut's Rome Commons Ballroom, at the
Storrs Campus. This special event will raise
money for China Quake Relief, Landmine Relief
and related accident prevention in Cambodia
and the D.F. School for Blind Children in
India. The admission fee is $2.00.

News: 09.13.09
September 2008 Newsletter
Click here for the September 2008 NEJACL

News: 09.13.09
Japan Exchange and Teaching 2008
Information on Japan Exchange and Teaching (JTE)
Program that offers college graduates an opportunity
to live and work in Japan for a year. Click here:
JET Info.

News: 09.13.09
Genealogy Searches
Exciting news from the office of the Consulate-
General's in Boston. If you have ever tried to search
for your family's roots in Japan, the Consulate-
General's office is offering some help. Click here:
Genealogy Info.

News: 09.05.08
Mike Honda Fellowship
The National JACL has announced the Mike
Honda Fellowship. Information has been posted
on this opportunity on our internships page:
Internships

Event: 01.10.09
Peabody Essex Museum: Japanese New
Year Celebration
On Saturday, January 10, 2009 Come
celebrate the Japanese New Year with
the Peabody Essex Museum! Take part in
our family arts activities of creating
nengajo (Japanese New Year cards), and
decorating a traditional Japanese Daruma
doll. This year the Odaiko New England
dance group will perform the traditional
Japanese Lion Dance and host a workshop
with visitors to teach the art of dance.
Participation in the Japanese New Year
Celebration is FREE with museum admission.
For more info:
www.pem.org/events/children.php

Event: 11.15.08
My Life as an Alien:  Tales of an Asian American
Expatriate in Asia, A talk by Paul Niwa
Join us to explore life as an Asian American in Asia in a
talk by Paul Niwa, a journalism professor at Emerson College.
The program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Emerson
College in Boston and is free and open to the public.  His
talk begins at 4:30 pm in Room W210 of Emerson College's
Walker Building, 120 Boylston Street (on Boylston between
Tremont and Charles Streets. Click here: Paul Niwa Info.

Event: 10.18.08-10.26.08
Boston Asian American Film Festival
The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) will
be hosted at several venues throughout the Boston
area. It will include 15 films over 9 days. This film
festival is presented by Asian American Resource
Workshop (AARW) and is dedicated to supporting Asian
American films, filmmakers, and audiences with content
relevant to the Asian American community and culture.
Please check out their website for show times and ticket
information: BAAF

News: 07.16.08-07.20.08
National Convention Attendance and
Resolution
The New England JACL recently sponsored a
passed resolution at the JACL National Convention
in Salt Lake City pertaining to human rights of
detainees. Copies of this resolution have been sent
by the JACL to the President, Vice President,
Attorney General, and majority and minority leaders
of Congress. The convention was attended by co-
president Ken Oye. For the full resolution please
click here: Human Rights of Detainees.

News: 07.16.08
Senate Bill S. 3213 to Help Preserve
Tule Lake Concentration Camp
The Tule Lake Preservation Committee is
calling for citizens to contact their senators and
representatives urging support for an important
bill that would bring Tule Lake under the authority
of the National Park System and enable the
development of a visitor center at the site. For more
information and a form letter that you can send, visit
their website www.tulelake.org. For the full letter
sent to the New England JACL: Tule Lake Letter.

Event: 09.27.08-09.28.08
Peabody Essex Museum Japanese
Kabuki Theater Postponed
The Peabody Essex Museum guided tour
for JACL members and friends that was
planned for Saturday, September 27 has
been postponed. We hope to reschedule
it for later this year. However, we encourage
you to still visit the museum that weekend
for two days of workshops, demonstrations,
performances and family activities centering
on the art of Kabuki. Click here:
PEM Japanese Kabuki Theater Info.

News: 07.11.08
Mari Oye Receives National JACL Scholarship
Congratulations to Mari Oye, a freshman at Yale
University and one of the 2008 National JACL
Undergraduate Scholarship winners. Mari was
awarded the $5000 Kenji Kajiwara Memorial
Scholarship. She is the daughter of long-time
NE JACLers Willa Michener and Ken Oye, chapter
co-chair. Last year Mari was awarded a National
JACL Freshman Scholarship. Two additional
scholarship winners are attending schools in the
New England area. Aya Michaels, of Connecticut,
is a graduate student at Harvard, and Elizabeth
Leake, of Colorado, is an undergraduate at Yale.

Event: 08.08.08-08.16.08
New Japanese Cinema Series at the
Museum of Fine Arts
A five-film series of recent Japanese
cinema will be featured at the Boston
Museum of Fine Arts from  August 8th
to the 16th. It will include showings of
Sakuran directed by Mika Ninagawa (2006),
The Mourning Forest directed by Naomi
Kawase (2007), Filmful Life: Kon Ichikawa
directed by Shinji Aoyama (2006), Near
Equal, Yayoi Kasama, I Adore Myself
directed by Takako Natsumoto (2008),
Gumi Chocolate Pine (2006) Keralino
Sandorovich directs Ken Otsuki's film,
and Murder of the Inugami Clan directed
by Kon Ichikawa (2006). 

Event: 08.10.08  [Event Flyer]
Bento and Baseball
The New England JACL will be hosting
an event involving the showing of the
film American Pastime,  about
the role of baseball in the Topaz Internment
Camp, followed by a Lowell Spinners minor
league baseball game. The film will be
shown at Middlesex Community College
in Lowell at 10 a.m. followed by a pot-luck
lunch, (please bring one dish per person)
and then a Lowell Spinners game at 1:30
p.m. Please see the Event Flyer
for details and reply form. Please e-mail
Steve Nishino at nishino@nejacl.org
for questions or more information.

Event: 08.01.08-08.03.08
Ukulele Virtuoso Comes to New
England
Jake Shimabukuro of Honolulu, fast
becoming one of the world's top ukulele
musicians, will be performing in the New
England area. Check him out in person
at: August 1st at the Iron Horse Music Hall
in Northampton, August 2nd at the
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, and
August 3rd at the Newport Folk Festival.

Event: 07.26.08
Obon Festival at the Peabody Essex
Museum in Salem, MA
Taiko Drumming & Obon in Amory Park,
across from Museum's main entrance
from 2-3:45 pm. Featuring Odaiko New
England and obon dancing with middle
school students from Ota, Salem's sister
city in Tokyo Japan. This coincides with
PEM exhibits include Stage Idols, Japanese
Kabuki Theater (through 01.25.09) as well
as Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Native
American art. For more information
www.pem.org/events or call toll
free 866.745.1876 or 978.745.9500.

Event: 05.03.08-07.20.08
Art Exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum in
Brockton, MA
Folded Light, Folded Shadow Paper Relief by Nishimura
Yuko. A showcase of a young contemporary artist's
complex art of folding paper. For information call
508.588.6000 or www.fullercraft.org".

Event: 07.17.08-07.20.08
Black Ships Festival in Newport, RI
Festivities will include sumo wrestling, Japanese
films, tea tastings, a Japanese Anime Festival, sushi
demonstrations, and a taiko drum concert. Featured
on Saturday will be an Arts & Crafts Fair with scheduled
demonstrations and workshops on aikido, calligraphy,
origami, kite & pinwheel making, koto & shamisen player,
kimono demonstration and many other Japanese arts,
crafts and healing practices. A Japanese Market will be
featured on Sunday. For tickets and information on locations,
times and dates of all events call 401.846.2720 or
www.BlackShipsFestival.com.

Event: 05.17.08
The First Asian American Pacific Islander
Presidential Town Hall Meeting
Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
will telecast a town hall meeting from the Bren
Events Center, University of California at Irvine.
APIAVote has invited Senator Hillary Clinton,
Senator Barack Obama, and Senator John McCain
to attend and discuss issues and policies important
to AAPI communities.

The Institute for Asian American Studies will broadcast
this event live:
Location: UMass Boston, Campus Center, 3/F, Room
3540
Time: May 17th, 2008 from 7 pm to 10 pm

Event: 05.02.08
APA Month to Be Celebrated At the State
House
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be
celebrated at the State House in Boston from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature information on
community groups and free gourmet Asian food.
This year's theme is "Engaging Asian Pacific American
in the Presidential Campaign and Election."
RSVP to Trisiawati Bantacut at tbantacut@asiancdc.org
or (617) 482-2380 ext 207 no later than April 24.

Event: 04.17.08-04.25.08
Ipswich Reads... One Book!
This April, the Ipswich Public Library is hosting
events related to Japanese Internment, including a
book discussion of Julie Otsuka novel When the
Emperor Was Divine. For more information:
Ipswich Public Library

The following dates feature New England JACL
Board Members:
04.17.08 (7 p.m.) Internment in Our Time: A Legal
Perspective with Carl Takei 
04.23.08 (7 p.m.) Nisei Americans Who Fought in
World War II with Susumu Ito
04.25.08 (2 p.m.) Women in Camps: A Panel
Discussion with Margie Yamamoto and May Takayanagi   

Event: 04.21.08
Taiko Drumming
There will be performance the Odaiko New England
taiko drumming group at the John F. Kennedy
Presidential Library in Boston on Patriots Day. The
New England JACL has a limited number of tickets
for members to be distributed on a first come basis.
Please contact Ken Oye at oye@nejacl.org
for tickets. This event will be followed by an informal
lunch at the museum cafe and tour of the JFK
Library.

Event: 03.29.08
Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group
at the Peabody Essex Museum
A traditional Japanese dance and Taiko group will
be performing from 1-4 p.m. at the Peabody Essex
Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. For more information:
Peabody Essex Museum

News: 03.22.08
The New England JACL Board met on March 22, 2008
and several upcoming events have been added.

Event: 02.24.08    [Event Flyer]
Internment Art Visit to the Internment Art
Exhibit @ The University of Connecticut
"Art of Gaman" Art and Crafts from the Internment
Camps (1942 - 1946)
William Benton Museum of Art
245 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2140
Storrs, CT
(Art exhibit runs from 01.22.08-03.30.08)
  
The NEJACL is planning a group visit to this
exhibit on 02.24.08. The group will depart Boston
at 10 am. If interested please contact Margie Yamamoto:
yamamoto@nejacl.org or call 781.259.9444.

News: 02.27.08
The New England JACL recently held the annual Day
of Remembrance, as well as an event at the Gaman
Art Exhibit (Internment Art) at the University of
Connecticut. Pictures and a write up soon to follow
on the Gallery page.

Event: 02.19.08    [Event Website]
Tufts University Day of Remembrance  
The Japanese American Internment:  A Granddaughter's
Perspective, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sophia Gordon Multipurpose
Room

Amy Lee-Tai, author of the children's book A
Place Where Sunflowers Grow, will speak about
her book, which is based on her mother and grandparents'
experiences at the Topaz internment camp, where
her grandparents taught art classes. Dinner provided.

Event: 02.09.08    [Event Flyer]
Day of Remembrance 2008
The annual NEJACL Day of Remembrance will be held
on February 9, 2008 at 3 PM in MIT BldgE38 (292 Main St.,
Cambridge, MA), 6th Floor Conference Room. This
location is accessible via the Kendall Square Red Line T
Stop. Refreshments will be served. Click here for directions.

The film "Lost Village of Terminal Island" will be shown,
which tells the story of a pre-war Japanese fishing village's
forced evacuation and internment and their return after the war.

The Day of Remembrance marks the signing of
Executive Order 9066 in 1942 which forcibly incarcerated
more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into U.S.
concentration camps during World War II.

News: 01.26.08
The NEJACL Board met on January 22, 2008 and
several upcoming events have been listed below.
Click here for the February 2008 NEJACL newsletter.

News: 01.22.08
Next New England JACL Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 7 p.m.

News: 01.10.08
Japanese American Association of New York Scholarship:
Available to graduate students attending a university in
the NY area for the 2008-2009 school year. For complete
info on this, please look at our scholarships at:
Students Page.

News: 10.23.07
Japanese American Veterans Association Scholarship:
Terry Shima, Executive Director of the Japanese American
Veterans Association (JAVA), has asked for JACL's assistance
in spreading the word about scholarships which are now
available through JAVA.

For complete info on this, please look at our scholarships at:
Students Page.

News: 09.16.07
NEJACL member Mari Oye personally challenged
President Bush on his violation of civil rights and use
of torture. While visiting the White House to receive the
Presidential Scholars medal in June, she and others
drafted and handed to the president a letter calling on
him to reject torture and treat terrorism suspects
humanely. Their endevor was reported in the New York
Times, Boston Globe, and several other news outlets.

For complete info on this, please look at our Gallery Page.

Event: 10.13.07
Boston Asian Students Intercollegiate Conference (BASIC)
at Harvard University

During the fifth annual network fair, college
students from around New England will be able to
learn more about groups, including the JACL, that
promote greater awareness of Asian Pacific American
issues. New England JACL will have a booth to raise
awareness about our organization. For more
information, go to: BASIC's Website

News: 08.19.07
Welcome to the new website for the New England chapter
of the Japanese American Citizen's League (JACL). The JACL
is America's oldest and largest Asian civil rights organization.
More information on events and board meetings coming soon.

For more information please e-mail: newengland@jacl.org