Events for the Chapter

2015 South Bay JACL Scholarship Recipients Announced

The 2015 South Bay JACL Scholarship Awards Dinner was held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Toyota Automobile Museum in Torrance, California. Four students were awarded the Kiichi Egashira Memorial Scholarship, two students were awarded the Janice Kobata Zoeger Memorial Scholarship and two students were awarded the Gardena Valley JACL Scholarship.

alanThe Keynote Speaker for the evening was Alan Nishio, who retired from California State University, Long Beach after a 35 year career teaching in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and serving as the Associate Vice President of Student Services. In his career as an educator and community activist, Alan served as founding staff member and director of UCLA's Asian American Studies Center. Within the community, he was a founder and Chairperson of the National Coalition of Redress/Reparations, an organization that played a major role in the campaign to win redress for the forced eviction and imprisonment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. Alan was born in the Manzanar concentration camp in Central California.

Alan's community service activities includes serving on the board of the Little Tokyo Service Center, where he served as the president for ten years. He also serves as a board member of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles as well as an advisor to Kizuna, an organization striving to engage a new generation of leadership within the Japanese American community.

2015 South Bay JACL Scholarship Recipients

2015 Kiichi Egashira Memorial Scholarship
Kristen Ayako Tang
Natalie Inoue
Anissa Aya Nishioka
Ai Ohno

2015 Janice Kobata Zoeger Memorial Scholarship
Anissa Aya Nishioka
Risa Nakagawa

2015 Gardena Valley Japanese American Citizens League Scholarship
Kahlil Kochiyama
Risa Nakagawa

For more information on the South Bay JACL Scholarships click here


2015 National JACL Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that two South Bay JACL students are recipients of two 2015 National JACL Scholarships.

Caitlin Yumori, daughter of Randall and Marion Yumori of Manhattan Beach, received the National Chiyo & Thomas Shimazaki Memorial Scholarship. Caitlin graduated from Mira Costa High School in 2010 and she graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 2014, majoring in History and Chemistry. She is currently attending Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to be a doctor.

Kelli Kosaka, daughter of Davis and Sherri Kosaka of Palos Verdes Estates, received the National Sabauro Kido Memorial Scholarship. Kelli graduated from Palos Verdes High School in 2011. She will be entering her senior year at the University of Southern California, majoring in East Asian Languages.

We congratulate both of these students for their great achievement.

For more information on the National JACL Scholarships click here.


logo2015 was the 8th year for the TANOSHII Fun Camp sponsored by the South Bay JACL and the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI). The mission of the TANOSHII Fun Camp is to "Promote the Legacy of the Japanese American Culture and Heritage to our Youth".

The camp took place from July 13 to July 17, 2015 at the:
      Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI)
      1964 W. 162nd Street
      Gardena, CA 90247

To read more about the program click here and on our website tanoshiifuncamp.org.


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