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NCWNP District Gala 2019

It is with great anticipation that the NCWNP District JACL sponsors the upcoming NCWNP District Gala Awards Recognition Luncheon to be held on April 6, 2019 at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville, CA.  This is a rare opportunity to honor those chapter members of the NCWNP District for their stalwart dedication to the mission of JACL.  Join us in celebrating our district’s 90 years of unwavering commitment to civil rights and civic engagement.

Silent auction proceeds from this event will be dedicated to fundraising efforts for the Wakamatsu Tea Colony 150th Anniversary celebration – WakaFest150.  A historic landmark farm in Placerville, California, it is the original site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony established June 8, 1869.  As the site of the first Japanese colony in the USA, it marks the birthplace of the first Japanese American and grave site of the first Japanese immigrant woman buried in the USA.

We hope you will join us in this endeavor by contributing to our event in one of the following ways; place an ad in our program booklet, contribute with a silent auction item, make a monetary donation or attend our gala by sponsoring a table.

Please download all NCWNP District Gala 2019 Forms and Letters here.

63th Annual CAAMFest May 10 – 24

During the heart of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are thrilled to showcase so many stories from our communities and to amplify the vital voices of our filmmakers and artists. Our 15-day festival — now four days longer — encompasses more than 100 film screenings and events in over 15 venues throughout San Francisco and Oakland. In addition to our in-theater experiences, we are expanding our music, live performance, and food offerings. Our tagline is CULTURE, IN EVERY SENSE, and that’s what we will be delivering.

Gene Sogioka’s Poston

Berkeley JACL is proud to present
“An Afternoon of Artist Gene Sogioka’s Poston” – former Disney artist’s watercolors unveiled.
Saturday, March 24 – 1 pm – 3 p.m. – J-Sei, 1285 66th Street, Emeryville, CA

Jean Sogioka La Spina will shows slides of her father’s work and talk about her book, “An American Family Album: Poston Camp II 1942-1943”
RSVP email: Berkeleyjacl@gmail.com
Learn more about Gene Sogioka
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Music of Remembrance

MOR returns to San Francisco Conservatory of Music with two new commissions inspired by Japanese and Japanese American wartime experience featuring new works by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christophe Chagnard.

Since 1998 MOR has commissioned over 30 new works that remember the Holocaust and honor those who stood up in the face of injustice and persecution. That legacy continues with MOR’s 20th season, featuring newly-commissioned works inspired by Japanese and Japanese American experience during World War II. These California premieres, alongside a selection of Holocaust-era works, are among the highlights of MOR’s Voices of Witness concert on May 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Tickets: $45-$60 available at musicofremembrance.org

“MOR was founded nearly 20 years ago to remember the Holocaust through music­­, and we are still deeply committed to that mission” said MOR Founder and Artistic Director Mina Miller. “The Holocaust’s legacy also calls on us to recall all victims of exclusion and persecution. With these new commissions, we share important stories of Japanese wartime experience.”

The May 24 program, marking MOR’s fourth annual concert in the Bay Area, premieres new compositions by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christophe Chagnard. Sakamoto’s new work, Snow Falls, draws on melodies from his film score for “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son.” It sets the iconic poem of the same title by Kiyoko Nagase, both in the original Japanese and in English translation by Japan’s Empress Michiko. Chagnard’s multimedia work Gaman focuses on the experience of people forced into incarceration camps because of their Japanese ancestry during World War II. The title refers to the struggle to endure the unbearable with patience and dignity. Combining traditional Japanese and classical Western instruments, this work brings a powerful story to life through testimonies of the words and images created by three artists and poets during their captivity in the Minidoka camp.

The program also features Paul Schoenfield’s Sparks of Glory, four passionate portraits of Holocaust defiance taken from the true accounts of heroes too modest to recognize their own heroism. In addition, soprano Roslyn Barak will interpret songs from Terezín that the prisoners wrote and sung under the noses of their Nazi captors.

MOR’s chamber ensemble, drawn from the ranks of the Seattle Symphony, is joined by guest artists baritone/narrator Robert Orth; sopranos Roslyn Barak and Ann Moss; and Ringtaro and Asako Tateishi of Seattle’s School of Taiko. For more information, visit musicofremembrance.org.

About Music of Remembrance: MOR remembers the Holocaust through music and honors the resilience of all people excluded or persecuted for their faith, nationality, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. In addition to rediscovering and performing music from the Holocaust, MOR has commissioned and premiered more than 30 new works by some of today’s leading composers, telling stories of loss, courage and inspiration.

January 4, 2018
Contact: Mina Miller
(206) 365-7770 | info@musicofremembrance.org