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January 2019, Volume 69, Issue 1

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 more information, email LunarNewYear@KeiroNW.org  For tickets, go to the website: www.keironorthwest.org/

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: Dekoboko Taiko, Kaze Daiko, Okinawa Kenjin-Kai Taiko, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Seattle University Hidaka Taiko, UW Taiko Kai. 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

February 20 – Day of Remembrance with the Washington State Legislature in Olympia, hosted by Senator Bob Hasegawa and Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos will be held on Wednesday, February 20, starting promptly at 10:00 AM. Must arrive by 09:45 AM to be seated. Lunch will be provided for those who sign up to attend. RSVP by Feb 6th to Sam Cho in Senator Hasegawa’s office: sam.cho@leg.wa.gov A bus will be arranged by Seattle JACL for those needing transportation: info@seattlejacl.org

February 23 – The WING offers a Japanese American Remembrance Trail Tour on Saturday, February 23, at 11 am. Explore the Japanese American Remembrance Trail, an urban hike in Seattle's original Japantown from Pioneer Square to the Chinatown-International District to the Central District. Visit Japantown past and present - from early pioneers to the World War II era to community life today. Immerse yourself in the personal stories of resilience and explore connections to today. Limited spots available. Registration required. Buy tickets online at: wingluke.org/japanese-american-remembrance-trail.

February 23 – Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) shows The Registry by William Kubota and Steve Ozone on Saturday, February 23 from 11 am – 1 pm at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle. During WW II, the US Military Intelligence Service (MIS) was instrumental to America’s war efforts. MIS veterans were sworn to secrecy and the stories of these veterans have gone largely untold. But retired MIS Vet Seiki Oshiro, keeper of a spreadsheet that contains the names of thousands of MIS vet, is determined to share the story of a that they achieved and all that they endured. The Registry is preceded by two short films: Rain or Shine: The Seiko Japanese Garden by Corinne Chin and Moving Walls by Sharon Yamato. For more information about SAAFF and to purchase tickets, visit: seattleaaff.org

March 23 – The Wing’s Annual Auction and Gala will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 5 PM at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 255 South King Street, Seattle. Come experience an evening of immersive storytelling in celebration of Asian Pacific American culture and heritage. This year's Gala, Faces of Americana, will take you on a dynamic journey exploring the untold stories and ever evolving cultural experience of Asian Pacific Americans. Join an evening of celebration and investment in APA heritage and contemporary voices. Space is limited. Early Bird Tickets $125/person until February 22. Email  esullivan@wingluke.org for more info. Tickets at: http://www.wingluke.org/single-exhibit/?mep_event=680

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

March 30 -- Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) – in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA), the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum and the National Park Service – invites all to Nidoto Nai Yoni – Let It Not Happen Again to honor the first – and all – of 120,000 Japanese Americans to be forcibly exiled from the West Coast during World War II, and to reflect upon the unique legacy of a community that stood by their Japanese American friends and neighbors and welcomed them home. Takes place 10 am – 1:00 pm at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, 4192 Eagle Harbor Drive. Contact: Clarence Moriwaki: 206.491.2336 or email: clarencemoriwaki@gmail.com