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February 2020, Volume 70, Issue 2

March 2 – The National JACL Scholarship and Awards Program application deadline is March 2 for scholarships to students entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, in the creative & performing arts, and those with financial need.  All scholarships are one-time awards. The JACL has been helping students achieve their educational dreams with the National Scholarship and Awards Program since 1946.  The program currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $70,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. For applications and more information, see: https://jacl.org/jacl-national-scholarship-program/

March 6 – Seattle Chapter JACL Scholarship deadline for applications is March 6. Applications are now available online. Each year, Seattle JACL offers six scholarships for high school students entering college, students currently enrolled in college, and those entering or currently enrolled in a graduate program. See individual Scholarship applications for eligibility requirements: http://seattlejacl.org/programs/scholarships/

March 8 – World Peace through Law presents a dramatic reading of Hold These Truths, a play by Jeanne Sakata on Sunday, March 8, 2:00-3:30 pm at Fairwood Branch Library, 17009 140th Avenue SE, Renton WA 98058. Hold These Truths is a one-person play inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Seattle Japanese-American college student who resisted the US government’s 1942 wartime orders for the removal and mass incarceration of all persons of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. During the next 50 years, he chose to fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Actor Giao Nguyen will bring this story to life with dramatic readings from the play.

March 28Join Seattle JACL for the Mixed Race Seattle Conference, a transformative day of storytelling, art, and creative expression meant to grow community among multiracial teens, young adults, and their families. Mixed race youth are among the fastest-growing population in the United States. But despite being a major presence in America, Mixed Race people continue to experience oppression, racism, and marginalization in different ways. Saturday, March 28, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Avenue South, Seattle. This event is free and open for all to attend. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/554952665324522/

March 28 – REPRESENT and Urban Native Education Alliance present a Racial Justice Discussion on Saturday, March 28, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 561422nd Ave NW, Seattle. The high school organizers are bringing together racial justice organizations, legislators, and the people to facilitate a discussion about the status quo, racial equity bills, and issues impacting people of color, ending with a brainstorming session about possible actions/how we want to improve racial justice in Washington. The discussion will be open to all.

March 28 – The Wing Luke Museum invites you to their 2020 Annual Dinner & Auction. On Saturday, March 28 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St, Seattle, WA 98101. Doors open at 5 PM for a Reception, Silent Auction, Live Preview, followed at 6:30 PM with Dinner and Live Auction. This year’s theme is Home -- celebrate the knowledge that no matter what your background is, no matter where you are from, no matter what you eat, what you speak, or how you choose to define ‘home,’ your story belongs at the Wing.  Early Bird General is $200 and Early Bird General Table (10 seats) is $2,000. Early Bird Registration closes March 6, 2020. After this date, each ticket will be sold at an increase of $25 from the Early Bird price. Email or call 206.623.5124x107 for more questions. https://www.wingluke.org/events/annual-dinner-and-auction/

April 11 –Tomodachi means friend in Japanese and the JCCCW looks forward to celebrating its 17th Anniversary with all its friends at its Tomodachi Gala on Saturday, April 11, 5 -9 PM at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport, 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA  98056. This annual fundraising event brings the community together to support the Cultural Center and its programs. It also honors the contributions of individuals or groups who have promoted and celebrated Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage.  In 2020, the JCCCW is proud to recognize Costco - Japan and immigration attorney Christopher Helm. https://www.jcccw.org/tomodachi-luncheon