Events for the Chapter

2014 South Bay JACL Scholarship Award Dinner at the Toyota Automobile Museum

The 2014 South Bay JACL Scholarship Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Toyota Automobile Museum in Torrance, California. Four students were awarded the Kiichi Egashira Memorial Scholarships, one student was awarded the Janice Kobata Zoeger Memorial Scholarships and two students were awarded the Gardena Valley JACL Scholarship.

NancyThe Keynote Speaker for the evening was Nancy Oda, Past-President of the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center. Mrs. Oda talked about the Historic Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition efforts and how she was the catalyst to get the Los Angeles City Council to approve Tuna Canyon Detention Station as the Historic-Cultural Monument #1039. Tuna Canyon became an enemy alien detention station on December 16, 1941, just days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It became a detention station by installing barbed wired fences and watch towers to the Civilian Conservation Corp Camp in the San Fernando Valley, built during the Depression in 1933.

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station was a prison camp that held Issei men from Southern California detained by the FBI shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The camp also held local German and Italian internees and Japanese Peruvians. Internees were held there before being transferred to permanent detention camps in other parts of the country. The capacity of the camp was approximately 300. The site—a former CCC camp that later became part of the Verdugo Hills golf course—is currently slated for residential development.

Tuna Canyon Detention Station received its first enemy aliens who had been taken into custody by the FBI on December 16, 1941, and thereafter operated as a clearing-house for the male Japanese enemy aliens arrested in Southern California. From that date until May 25, 1942, 1,490 Japanese males passed through the camp and were transferred to other camps in Fort Missoula, Montana, Fort Lincoln, North Dakota, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2014 South Bay JACL Scholarships Recipients

2014 Kiichi Egashira Memorial Scholarship
Yuri Stephanie Motoyama
Lisa Ban
Wesley Yoshio Kitagawa
Kaitlyn Akiyama

2014 Janice Kobata Zoeger Memorial Scholarship
Mia Yamauchi .

2014 Gardena Valley Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship
Madeleine Emi Yu
Jackson Snead

For more information on the South Bay JACL Scholarships click here


2014 National JACL Scholarships

The JACL began its National Scholarship and Awards Program in 1946. The program currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $60,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide.The National Scholarship and Awards Program offer scholarships to students at the entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, financial need and creative & performing arts. All scholarships are one-time awards.

2014 Shigeru "Shig" Nakahira Memorial Recipient

Marisa Naomi Kanemitsu


ScholarshipFor more information on the National JACL Scholarships click here.


2014 was the 7th 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 14 to July 18, 2014 at the:
      Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI)
      1964 W. 162nd Street
      Gardena, CA 90247

To read more about the program click here and on our website tanoshiifuncamp.org.


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