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December 2021, Volume 71, Issue 11

Puyallup JACL Holiday Salute to all Nisei Veterans at the Washington State Fair’s Holiday Magic event, December 17-23 and 26-31.

The Puyallup Valley Chapter JACL was asked to contribute a holiday tree for the Washington State Fairground's Holiday Magic. The tree pays tribute to the Nisei men and women who volunteered and/or were drafted. Many came from concentration camps, leaving families behind barbed wire. The artwork comes from a painting collection by Chris Hopkins, not only a terrific artist but a great storyteller. Take a wonder-filled stroll through magical lights, festive displays, and holiday joy.

December 17-23 and 26-31, 5:00pm - 10:00pm (last entry at 9:30pm). Parking is FREE!

Tickets at: https://www.thefair.com/holiday-magic/

Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community (BIJAC) invites all to celebrate their Virtual Mochi Tsuki, January 8-31, 2022.

Join us for a special live-streamed performance and Q&A with Seattle Kokon Taiko. Details will be announced soon! Akemashite Omedetō! Happy New Year!


OCA-GS, Seattle Chapter JACL, American Ethnic Studies-UW will host a showing of Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066, a documentary film by Jon Osaki, on Sunday, February 13, 5:00 pm at the Rainier Arts Center.

Alternative Facts is a one-hour documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film sheds light on the people and politics that influenced the signing of the infamous Executive Order 9066, which authorized the mass incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. A post-film panel with John Osaki, Lorraine Bannai, and Stan Shikuma, will also examine the parallels to the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.