NVC Newsletter

Community News

December 2018, Volume 68, Issue 11

January 5 – Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) has a NEW Time and Place for their annual Mochi Tsuki to be held on Saturday, January 5 from 11 am–3 pm at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road NE, Bainbridge Island. For over a millennium, making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi has been a celebrated New Year's tradition in Japan, with generations of families and communities coming together to wish good health and prosperity for the new year. Each year BIJAC brings this celebration to Bainbridge Island. We invite everyone, young and old, to bundle up against the crisp winter air, and enjoy the tradition of mochi tsuki or "mochi–making." Help pound the mochi and then enjoy the pounding of drums with Seattle Kokon Taiko at 12:00pm and 2:00 pm. Information at: https://www.bijac.org/

January 10 – Third Place Books Seward Park hosts author Sharon H Chang: Hapa Tales and Other Lies on Thursday, January 10 from 7:00 pm at 5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle. Hapa Tales and Other Lies is a meditation on colonization, Native sovereignty, stereotypes of Hawaii and Hawaiians, Asian American and mixed-race identity, and activism. The event is Free and open to the public. For more information, contact: (206) 474-2200 or visit: http://www.thirdplacebooks.com/seward-park

January 13 The Seattle Quaker peace activist Floyd Schmoe (1895 -2001) is featured in the NHK WORLD-JAPAN documentary, Houses for Peace: Exploring the Legacy of Floyd Schmoe. The program will be screened on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the University of Washington in Kane Hall 120 and is sponsored by NHK World in cooperation with the University of Washington Department of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington Libraries Special Collection, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, Nisei Veterans Committee/NVC Foundation, Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle JACL, Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, and Seattle Hiroshima Club. The documentary film centers on how Floyd Schmoe organized a diverse interracial/interfaith team of American and Japanese volunteers on a mission of peace to build houses for families who survived the World War II atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For further information email aes@uw.edu (Department of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington).

January 23 – The Asian Pacific Island Coalition (APIC) will host an Asian Pacific American Lobby Day at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia on Wednesday, January 23 from 10 am to 3 pm. Each year, Washington’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities convene in Olympia to voice their concerns to state lawmakers. The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Yakima, and Spokane counties and South Puget Sound and Southwest Washington organize APA Legislative Day. For more information: apicwa@gmail.com or 206-695-7582.

February 2 – Keiro Northwest holds its 3rd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration for the Year of the Boar on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N in Renton. Enjoy an incredible catered meal, exciting live and silent auction items, surprise celebrity guests and professional networking opportunities.  All proceeds benefit the lives touched by Keiro Northwest and its outstanding commitment to Making Every Day the Best Day for the Keiro Northwest residents, families, and community. Early Bird price $175; Young Professionals (under 30) $125. For tickets, go to the website and click on the Lunar New Year Celebration button: http://www.keironorthwest.org/news-events/ If interested in becoming a Table Captain, providing a Dessert Dash or Auction Item, or volunteering at the event, email LunarNewYear@KeiroNW.org for more information!

February 17 – The Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee, Friends of Minidoka, and Seattle University holds the annual Day of Remembrance Taiko Fundraiser 2019 on Sunday, February 17 from 1:00pm-4:00pm in Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle. Doors to the Atrium open at 12:00 pm. Featuring six Taiko groups from the Northwest. The proceeds of this fundraiser go to scholarships for Youth and Incarcerees over 80 years old to attend the Minidoka Pilgrimage. Tickets $10-$20 and available at Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3905798

March 28 -- Friends and supporters from throughout the State of Oregon and beyond are invited to celebrate Min Yasui Day in a program featuring an awards ceremony for the Min Yasui Day Essay Contest, and attorneys who have worked, pro-bono, not only on the reopening of the Japanese American wartime legal cases of Min Yasui, Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu but also ongoing cases dealing with the abrogation of civil rights of individuals and groups based on association, race, or national origin, most recently submitting an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court opposing the Muslim ban. Speakers will include: Peggy Nagae (featured in Never Give Up!) of Portland, Min Yasui’s attorney; Rod Kawakami, Gordon Hirabayashi’s attorney; and Dale Minami of San Francisco, Fred Korematsu’s attorney. The event will take place at the University of Oregon Portland Campus, coordinated by the Minoru Yasui Civil and Human Rights Fellow, Weston Koyama.  For more information, contact info@oregonnikkei.org