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As rescue and recovery efforts continue in Western Japan, the Society urges you to consider donating to the following organizations directly involved in relief activities following one of the worst weather disasters in Japan's history. This is only a small list of donation centers, but we encourage you to donate wherever possible.
The Society sends our strength to all of Japan: to those who have lost family members and loved ones, to those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed, to the thousands of evacuees, and to the volunteers and NGOs working to help those in need in the country they love. We, too, love Japan, and during times like these, that connection grows even stronger no matter where we are in the world.
The Tanaka and Green Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the opening of the Tanaka and Green Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications will be accepted from June 1-July 31.
Requirements for Applicants
Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school in the United States
Must give proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan as a full-time foreign exchange student for either one semester or one academic year
Must give proof that the program in Japan is an approved student exchange program of the applicant’s home college or university in the US
Must intend to return to the college or university in the United States
May be majors in any subject, but must demonstrate that they have taken or plan to take academic courses related to Japan, whether in the US or at the Japan college or university
Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Priorities and Preferences for Reviewing and Screening Applications
In reviewing applications, the JASWDC Scholarship Committee will give priority and preference to applicants who can demonstrate a combination of any of the following factors:
Are legal residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia (i.e., you may be studying at a college or university anywhere in the US, but your home/parents’ home is in DC, MD, VA)
Are members or are children of members of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
Have interned with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
Have volunteered with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
Have participated in the National Japan Bowl®
Have studied and/or are currently studying the Japanese language
Have studied and/or are currently taking academic courses on Japanese history, culture, society, politics, arts, literature, etc.
Have participated in extra-curricular activities related to Japan outside the academic classroom (for example, ikebana, tea ceremony, or Japanese cooking lessons; Japanese martial arts; Japan culture clubs, etc.)
Application Procedure for 2018-2019
Applicants should first fill out the online application form here and submit the following documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline of July 31, 2018. All documents should be included as attachments in the same email. The email subject line should say “Scholarship Application” and also include the applicant’s full name.
JASWDC will not follow up if an application is incomplete. Failure to submit all required documents, or to fully complete the application, will render the applicant ineligible.
A complete EMAIL application includes the following three documents:
The completed application form in pdf, which is attached to the confirmation email that will be sent to the applicant after the submission of the application. The name of the pdf file should say “Scholarship Application” and also include the applicant’s full name.
(A) Proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan and (B) certification that the proposed academic study is an official student exchange program of the college or university in the US. This can be a letter or notice from either the US home college or university or the Japanese college or university.
School transcripts for the past academic year
In addition to the three attachments, a recommendation form must be filled out by a professor or advisor at a student’s college or university in the US. The recommendation form will be sent to the recommender’s email address the applicant provides in the application.
JACL National is now accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye and Norman Mineta Fellowships at the national office in DC, with one fellow starting in fall and one in the winter.
The Norman Y. Mineta Fellowship was established in 2007 in honor of the American politician. Mineta served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Commerce. Mineta also help found the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
The Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship is named for the late United States senator from Hawaii. The fellow will monitor key legislative initiatives of importance to the JACL mission, and design and implement JACL-sponsored programs among other tasks and duties.
The fellowships provide the opportunity to work on advocacy at a national level through the National JACL office based in Washington, D.C. As a fellow you will become a key component in the D.C. team. In this position you will be working with JACL staff, other fellows and the executive director, collectively working to mobilize and inform local chapters. As part of this D.C. branch of National JACL, fellows are integral in establishing a voice for JACL and its members within D.C and the various networks. This voice is critical when it comes to policy issues that affect our communities and collaborating with other organizations in order to establish a stronger collective voice.
This fellowship offers a chance to live in the nation’s capital and gain experience observing and learning from top professionals in civil rights and other non-profits.
As a fellow, you become more familiar with congress and acquire the skills to correspond, collaborate, and maintain a working relationship with members of congress.
The Fellow assists the JACL National office in Washington, DC on a broad range of public policy issues important to the Asian American community.
This paid Fellowship is awarded to a qualified student or young professional who has completed at least an undergraduate degree and will last for a period of 12 months. The fellowship is sponsored through a grant from UPS.
The Mineta Fellow and the Inouye Fellow will work out of the JACL National office in Washington D.C. and be responsible for the following:
Staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the AAPI community.
Work on a wide variety of projects, issues and programs.
Conduct research and study topics assigned.
Interact with other national AAPI and civil rights organizations in the DC area.
Work with JACL and other organizations to organize programs and events.
Serve on various civil rights and AAPI committees.
Perform a wide variety of duties, and work directly with the Executive Director.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens, JACL members, and students or young professionals who have completed at least an undergraduate degree. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to Asian American issues, particularly those affecting the Japanese American community. Communication skills, especially in writing, are important.
For more information on the fellowships please see here.
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is hiring summer interns to serve at each of three possible locations Manzanar (California), Minidoka (Idaho), and Klondike (Seattle).
To apply, please submit your resume with a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the program and how you will be able to contribute to the internship given your experience, background and other qualifications. Please indicate which site(s) you are applying for. Internships are to begin immediately upon hire and are for eight weeks. Applications are due May 31, 2018 at 11:59 HST. Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject – NPS Youth Legacy Project Application.
Each intern will receive $2,400 ($300/week) payment, a housing stipend, as well as air travel to and from the site that they are placed with should they need to relocate for their internship. Internships are for eight (8) weeks.
Manzanar: The intern greets visitors on-site, orients the visitor to the site and valley resources and stories. The intern might provide informal and formal programs to visitors, and assists with special events. The intern provides professional, courteous, and efficient services, useful and helpful information to park staff, visitors and other volunteers. The intern may also assist with other projects such as historical research, oral history, and interpretive media projects such as exhibits and publications.
The duties will include:
Providing visitors with information and stories about Manzanar’s layers of history.
Seeking out answers to visitor questions by utilizing National Park employees, written materials, photographs, oral history interviews, former incarcerees, websites, etc.
Roving site and answers visitor questions.
Helping assemble and photograph park brochures and flyers.
Assisting with Interpretive duties as assigned.
Supporting the oral history program as needed.
Assisting with planning and review of publications, exhibits, etc. as needed.
The intern will work with NPS staff and Manzanar History Association employees.
Minidoka: This is the position of an interpretive intern (intern) who performs a variety of tasks associated with the use and management of park resources. The purpose of the position is to supplement the permanent park ranger workforce by performing duties designed to (1) facilitate visitor understanding of park resources; (2) facilitate visitor enjoyment of the park and its resources; (3) facilitate and induce visitor behavior consistent with resource protection and to gain friendly compliance with the laws and rules for safe use of the park; and (4) encourage visitors to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources.
The primary responsibility of this position is to provide front end visitor services to the public. The intern will assist in Visitor Center operations. This includes informing visitors about park facilities and resources; providing guided tours for school groups and the public; operating a variety of audiovisual and other equipment used in connection with interpretive materials; using a register to perform bookstore duties that requires handling money; and assisting with keeping the facilities clean by sweeping, wiping, organizing, etc. Duties are performed on or off-site at locations designated by the park, e.g. visitor center, schools, public libraries, etc. The intern will learn about park resources by reviewing published maps, park research materials, and other documents previously prepared by park rangers and other professionals and by talking with park staff. The intern will conduct basic research of topics for the purpose of providing interpretive programs, both orally and/or in writing, and may presents a variety of formal and informal programs including orientation talks, education programs, and tours. The intern will provide assistance in connection with one-time or annual celebrations related to the programs and themes of the park and assists in the operations of special events.
As assigned, the intern will perform various administrative and/or cultural resource duties, e.g., compilation of statistical data, assisting with acquisition of collection items, processing donor information, etc.
Klondike: This position will provide much needed support in our community outreach efforts to inform and educate the public about the opportunities available in their local public lands, specifically Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Outdoor Recreation Information Center, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. The intern will support designated park units around the Seattle area in expanding service-learning, service and community engagement programs and activities at those parks/units. The intern will join a dynamic team of rangers, volunteers, interns and park partners to expand engagement opportunities for urban communities to Seattle Area National Park Sites.
We received the following email from the Japanese American Citizens League:
We invite you to attend the 2018 JACL National Convention In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
In this the 30th anniversary since the passage of redress, we will look back on the success of redress as one component of the long struggle for civil rights in this country. Civil rights embodies the balancing of a resistance to the status quo and the need to find a reconciliation of often opposing sides, particularly in the wake of victory. In this time of heightened political differences, how can we find this balance and look back to the success of redress as a model for achieving further progress in civil and human rights?
The convention will be held July 18-22 at the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia. The convention will formally open the evening of Wednesday, July 18th with a welcome reception for attendees and conclude with the annual Sayonara Banquet on Saturday, July 21.
Philadelphia as a city has much to offer beyond the convention. There are of course the iconic historic sites including the liberty bell and Independence Hall, site of the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Our hotel is located within blocks of some of the most famous art museums in the country including the Barnes Foundation which will be the site of one of the convention events on the evening of Friday, July 20.