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December 2020, Volume 70, Issue 11

BIJAC – The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) will present a Virtual Mochi Tsuki 2021 with online programming starting on January 2, 2021 and running throughout the month. Check in for segments on Art Koura’s Barn, the Departure Deck at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, Mission US, the BIJAC Shop, and much more. For information, go to: bijac.org

Seattle JACLJoin Seattle JACL for the third installment of Uprooting Anti-Blackness in the Japanese American Community: Weaponization of the 'Model Minority' Myth on Saturday, January 9, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm online via Zoom. These FREE webinars aim to empower Nikkei young people -- and anyone who wishes to attend -- through education, community-building, and dialogue. These learning sessions are designed to “clean our own house” and examine JA history (such as the creation of the "model minority" myth and Black/Asian solidarity). By coming together to learn and connect, participants reconnect to their own, personal anti-racist journeys. The workshop is led and organized by an intergenerational Asian American committee. Committee members include: McKenna Asakawa, Kyle Kinoshita, HyeEun Park, Jess Juanich, Emily Toshie Kawahigashi, Emma Sullivan, Mieko Kuramoto, and Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor. This program is made possible in part by the Robert Chinn Foundation. To attend, Register at: https://tinyurl.com/seattlejacl and a Zoom link will be emailed.

ACRS – ACRS needs people to Volunteer at the Food Bank! As the weather gets colder, you can help prepare hot meals for seniors, distribute and assemble grocery bags for people experiencing hunger, or lend a hand at our community farm. View volunteer opportunities and sign up at:  bit.ly/ACRSVOLOPPS

Densho – The new Densho podcast, Campu, tells the story of Japanese American incarceration like you’ve never heard it before. Brother-sister duo Noah and Hana Maruyama weave together the voices of survivors to spin narratives out of the seemingly mundane things that gave shape to the incarceration experience: rocks, fences, food, paper. Follow along as they move far beyond the standard Japanese American incarceration 101 and into more intimate and lesser-known corners of this history. Listen or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. Support for Campu comes from the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation. For descriptions and a link to complete transcripts for each episode, visit: https://densho.org/campu/

JCCCW Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the front office will remain closed until further notice. Please email admin@jcccw.org or call (206) 568-7114 to leave a voice message if you have any questions.

  • Hosekibako Store: The Hosekibako in-person store will be open by appointment only Thursday through Saturday between 10AM and 3PM! (face mask required). Online purchases can be picked up by appointment Thursday through Saturday between 10 AM and 3 PM from Hosekibako (in the East Building).
  • Donation of Japanese items: Email hosekibako@jcccw.org for questions and drop-off details. Drop-off donations on Thursday between 10 AM and 3 PM at the north side of the east building.
  • Nikkei Bunko Library: The library will be open by appointment ONLY for current members between 11AM - 2PM on Fridays. Checking books in and out is self-service. Please make an appointment before 3 PM the Thursday before via email to admin@jcccw.org or call (206) 568-7114.
  • Office Space at the JCCCW is currently available to rent. Learn more at: https://www.jcccw.org/rentals


Wing Luke MuseumDue to the pandemic and the Governor’s new guidelines, the Wing Luke Museum EXHIBITS will be CLOSED through January 4, 2021, or until the Governor deems it safe to reopen. The Marketplace will remain OPEN under limited operation hours: Friday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM. Per the guidelines, the Marketplace must limit visitors to 25% of capacity. Even though the physical museum will be closed, the Wing Luke will continue to offer a variety of virtual offerings, and Marketplace merchandise will be available both online and in-store. Please continue to support the Museum and the neighborhood as you shop conscientiously, buy local, and practice mindfulness and self-care in its many forms. Information at: https://digitalwingluke.org/


[NOTE: During these trying times of Shelter-In-Place and limitations on gathering in groups, many of our community organizations and non-profits are impacted financially. During the Holiday Season, please consider giving a donation to the organization(s) of your choice. Thank You! -- and Happy New Year!]