February 6 -- OCA hosts it annual Golden Circle Awards Banquet on Tuesday, February 6, 5:30-8:00 pm at Joy Palace Seafood Restaurant, 6030 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle. Honorees will be: Diane Narasaki, Dean Wong, the Kurose Family (Ruthann, Paul, Marie), Filipino Veterans Recognition & Education Project. Ticket Price: $30/OCA Members, $30/Students, $60/Non-Members, $260 for table of 10. Purchase tickets: https://squareup.com/store/oca-greater-seattle-2
February 9 -- Keiro Northwest holds its second annual LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION to celebrate the YEAR OF THE DOG on Friday, February 9 from 5:00 pm at the Bellevue Westin. Show your team spirit! Wear a jersey of your favorite sports team and meet Special Sports Guests: "Downtown" Freddy Brown, Manu Tuiasosopo, Don McKeta. Registration includes dinner, live & super-silent auctions, Fund-A-Need, and more. Tickets $175 General, $300 VIP: http://www.keironorthwest.org/news-events/more-events-3/
February 11 - CIDBIA presents the 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration to welcome the Year of the Dog on Sunday, February 11, 11 am - 4 pm in and around Hing Hay Park in Seattle's Chinatown/International District. The Lunar New Year Celebration, one of the largest events of its kind in the region, showcases the diversity, richness and culture of the Asian community with traditional dragon and lion dances, Japanese taiko drumming by Seattle Kokon Taiko, martial arts and other cultural performances on the Main Stage. Find something for everyone -- arts, crafts, a variety of family friendly activities, and the popular Annual $3 Food Walk. More information at: http://cidbia.org/events/lunar-new-year/
February 18 -- The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, Friends of Minidoka, and Seattle University are proud to present this year's Day of Remembrance Taiko Fundraiser 2018 on Sunday, February 18 from 1:00-3:30 PM at Seattle University Pigott Auditorium. Performances by: Hidaka Taiko at Seattle University, Northwest Taiko, The School of Taiko, Seattle Matsuri Taiko, Dekoboko Taiko, Inochi Taiko. Information Fair in the Atrium opens at 12:00 PM. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds go to scholarships for Youth and Incarcerees over 80 years old to attend this year's Minidoka Pilgrimage, July 5-8, 2018. Information: http://www.minidokapilgrimage.org/index.html Tickets: https://dor2018.brownpapertickets.com/
February 19 -- The Washington State House of Representatives will be observing the Day of Remembrance on Monday, February 19, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Washington State Capitol in Olympia, WA. Attendees will be able to meet with their Senators and Representatives in recognition of the unjustified removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans in Washington State during WW II. A bento lunch will be hosted by organizers of the event: Senator Bob Hasegawa and Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos. Contact Jin-Ah Kim in Senator Hasegawa's office for RSVP and information: email@example.com Please RSVP by February 5.
February 19 -- Densho and CAIR-Washington State present Our History, Our Responsibility on Monday, February 19 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. During World War II, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly incarcerated against their will for the sole “crime” of their Japanese ancestry. Today, American Muslims are being similarly targeted because of their faith. The sponsors will recognize Japanese American service members, survivors, resisters, and upstanders of World War II, and welcome guest speaker Khizr Khan whose new memoir, "An American Family," is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it is like to risk everything you know for the promises contained in the U.S. Constitution.
**This event is free and open to the public, but all attendees are required to register for complimentary tickets here: https://denshodor.brownpapertickets.com/
February 22-25 -- The 2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) is set to take place February 22 to 25 at Northwest Film Forum and Broadway Performance Hall. SAAFF showcases feature-length and short format films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest and is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American community. Information on films, tickets, and schedule at: https://seattleaaff.org
March 1 -- National JACL announced its National Scholarship and Awards Program for 2018, offering college scholarships for incoming freshmen, undergrads, graduates, law students, those in the creative/performing arts, and those in need of financial assistance. Information and applications at: https://jacl.org/jacl-national-scholarship-program/ Freshman applicants submit directly to his/her local JACL chapter, with a postmark no later than March 1, 2018. To obtain the mailing address of your local chapter, contact Membership Assistant Tomiko Ismail at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 921-5225, extension 26. Send applications for all other scholarship categories directly to the National JACL Scholarship Committee, c/o Central California District Council, with a postmark no later than April 2, 2018. Applicants must be a member of the JACL. For information, contact Regional Director Patty Wada at email@example.com or National JACL Vice President for Planning & Development Matthew Farrells at firstname.lastname@example.org