Local Fundraising – A great way to bring out people to local events!

By: Alayne Yonemoto, PSW Board Member
A group of amateur artists gathered in Torrance on a beautiful spring day.  We were there to paint!  Eri, Nancy, and Stephanie – our very talented PSW Staff – have been thinking of creative ways to bring out our chapter members, community friends and program partners – but also raise money for our excellent youth programs.
Kaithyn - Bowl
This fun afternoon at Color Me Mine was a break from our traditional program/fundraiser.  I must say – we had some real talent!  I had the opportunity to sit with Jeff Murakami and family as they created one-of-a-kind art pieces.
Throughout the course of the event, I learned that we had many first-time painters in our group.  Like me, they had never done anything like this before.  But we also had several seasoned painters as well.  This is such a fun family activity.
In the middle of the painting, we got a very nice update on some of the Youth Programs that are going on in the district.  Lawrence Lan talked about Collegiate Asian Pacific Internship.  The proceds from this event helped to fund this year’s program.  Jeff Murakami spoke about Camp Musubi that happens right in the South Bay.  Another event that has a South Bay connection is Katarou Histories.  Due to the popularity of that program, we are offering sessions at the Gardena JCI this year.
Jeff Murakami speaks about Camp Musubi summer camp!

Jeff Murakami speaks about Camp Musubi summer camp!

After we painted, we ate on the patio just outside the studio.  It was a great way to end the very successful fundraising event.
This was a very simple event to coordinate.  And, it can be taken to nearly any chapter in our district!  If you have an interest to gather some families to paint, have a nice afternoon, and raise funds for the PSW Youth Programs – just let the PSW Staff know.  We need to continue to find creative ways to engage our families in JACL.  Having direct feedback at these types of events helps us to further tailor our Youth Programs to fit the needs of our membership.  And, the fundraising dollars we earn directly helps our on-going programs.
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(Re)claiming Our Communities: Identity Politics, Youth Engagement, and Building Contemporary Asian Pacific America



The 2012 Collegiate Japanese American Internship program is running full speed with 5 passionate and hardworking interns placed at APIsCAN, OCAPICA, and APALC this year.

They are doing many hands-on advocacy and outreach work such as researching API funders and doing voter mobilization for the November elections. Three of the interns are conducting phone banking sessions every week to speak directly with potential API voters on issues that matter to them. Their work impacts the community in positive ways and their energy is vital towards obtaining social justice.


These great interns are putting together a 1 Day Conference as part of their Program. Please join us as we learn about how youth can make a difference in their post-college communities.

“How do everyday professionals serve as strong advocates for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities? And how can you likewise utilize your technical and professional skills to empower the AAPI community when you enter the post-college world?

In addressing such questions, this conference offers an open forum for participants to explore various post-college opportunities as well as various forms of activism that align with their future interests. Ultimately, through a series of workshops and panels, this conference hopes to build community while cultivating active and well-informed AAPI youth.”




When: Saturday Nov 17th

Time: 10:00am ~ 4:30pm

Where: Garden Room B @ JACCC

244 S. San Pedro St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Katarou Histories Culmination Announcement

by Eri Kameyama

I can’t believe it’s already week 8 of Katarou Histories, inter-generational oral history program, held at the San Fernando Valley’s Japanese American Community Center. This inaugural program has shown that a multi-generational program is possible and that dialogue can happen and community can develop across ages. Throughout the program, participants have gotten to really know each other’s histories and how their Japanese American family histories fits into the larger Asian Pacific Islander history, become more familiar with their intersecting identities of race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability, nationality, and have learned how to use this knowledge to move forward and take action for the larger API community.

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