Events for the Chapter
2015 South Bay JACL Scholarship Recipients Announced
The 2015 South Bay JACL Scholarship Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Toyota Automobile Museum in Torrance, California. Four students were awarded the Kiichi Egashira Memorial Scholarship, two students were awarded the Janice Kobata Zoeger Memorial Scholarship and two students were awarded the Gardena Valley JACL Scholarship.
The Keynote Speaker for the evening was Alan Nishio, who retired from California State University, Long Beach after a 35 year career teaching in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and serving as the Associate Vice President of Student Services. In his career as an educator and community activist, Alan served as founding staff member and director of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center. Within the community, he was a founder and Chairperson of the National Coalition of Redress/Reparations, an organization that played a major role in the campaign to win redress for the forced eviction and imprisonment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. Alan was born in the Manzanar concentration camp in Central California.
Alan's community service activities includes serving on the board of the Little Tokyo Service Center, where he served as the president for ten years. He also serves as a board member of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles as well as an advisor to Kizuna, an organization striving to engage a new generation of leadership within the Japanese American community.
2015 South Bay JACL Scholarship Recipients
2015 Kiichi Egashira Memorial Scholarship
Kristen Ayako Tang
Anissa Aya Nishioka
2015 Janice Kobata Zoeger Memorial Scholarship
Anissa Aya Nishioka
2015 Gardena Valley Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship
For more information on the South Bay JACL Scholarships click here
2015 National JACL Scholarship Recipients
We are pleased to announce that two South Bay JACL students are recipients of two 2015 National JACL Scholarships.
Caitlin Yumori, daughter of Randall and Marion Yumori of Manhattan Beach, received the National Chiyo & Thomas Shimazaki Memorial Scholarship. Caitlin graduated from Mira Costa High School in 2010 and she graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 2014, majoring in History and Chemistry. She is currently attending Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to be a doctor.
Kelli Kosaka, daughter of Davis and Sherri Kosaka of Palos Verdes Estates, received the National Sabauro Kido Memorial Scholarship. Kelli graduated from Palos Verdes High School in 2011. She will be entering her senior year at the University of Southern California, majoring in East Asian Languages.
We congratulate both of these students for their great achievement.
For more information on the National JACL Scholarships click here.
2015 was the 8th year for the TANOSHII Fun Camp sponsored by the South Bay JACL and the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI). The mission of the TANOSHII Fun Camp is to "Promote the Legacy of the Japanese American Culture and Heritage to our Youth".
The camp took place from July 13 to July 17, 2015 at the:
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI)
1964 W. 162nd Street
Gardena, CA 90247