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Kodomo no tameni
For the sake of our children


On November 24th 2018, The Oregon Buddhist Temple hosted the presentation, “Kodomo no tameni: For the Sake of Our Children” a retelling of Japanese American history by George Nakata.  The well attended event was organized by Jean Matsumoto and sponsored by Oregon Nikkei Endowment, The Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Oregon Buddhist Temple.

To view the recorded presentation, click on the video below:










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2019 Community Scholarship Application is Available
Every year, Portland JACL joins up with the Japanese American Community to give out several scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the community.  Visit our Scholarship page for more details and download the application for more specific requirements.

Download Application Here

Good Luck!

Voter Registrations for New Citizens

On May 9th,  Portland JACL began supporting voter registration of new citizens at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services building where about 150 immigrants become new citizens every week at swearing in ceremonies held weekly.  APANO is the lead organization in this volunteer effort.

Above: Pictured are:  Lee, Dean Price and Yian Saechao from APANO and Setsy Larouche from Portland JACL

New American Voter Project (NAVP) volunteers are at every naturalization ceremony in the USCIS northwest Portland office, Monday through Wednesday at 2:00 pm. Every year about 6,000 become new citizens in Oregon and NAVP’s goal is to register 3,000 or more. Volunteers can help new citizens with the forms which are available for Oregon or Washington residents and in English or Spanish.

Setsy Larouche, Portland JACL Board member and Membership Chair, regularly volunteers with NAVP. She says, “Each time I watch the new immigrants take their oath of citizenship, it brings back many fond memories when I too became a U.S. citizen, and what a perfect time to sign up people to vote since it’s one of the greatest privileges of citizenship.”

Inspiring Action and Igniting Justice

A symposium to honor the life and legacy of Minoru Yasui, the only Oregonian to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was held on April 23, 2016, at the World Trade Center, Portland, Oregon. Karen Narasaki, who was appointed by President Obama to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2014 was the keynote speaker.   The event featured expert panelist at three different workshops, one entitled “Cross Cultural – Activisim“, another entitled “Education – Roots to Results, and the third was entitled “Law and Social Change.”  The symposium was opened by Peggy Nagae, the lead attorney for Min Yasui’s Coram Nobis case with the attendees being treated to a speech by Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).  The symposium was organized by Oregon Nikkei Endowment (O.N.E.) and the Min Yasui Tribute Committee with Portland JACL acting as Sustaining Sponsor for the all day event.


Photo: L to R.  Rich Iwasaki, Setsy Larouche, Chip Larouche, Senator Ron Wyden, Lynn Longfellow, and Peggy Nagae.  Photo by Scott Guptill

Congratulations 2016 Portland JACL Board


Chip Larouche (l), National JACL Vice President, Planning & Development, swears in the new Board of Directors of PortlandJACL on January 24, 2016, at Chinese Village restaurant, Portland,Oregon. Board members include (l to r) Setsy Sadamoto Larouche, Chris Lee, Heidi Tolentino, Dr. Connie Masuoka, Jean Yamamoto, Susan Leedham, and new Portland JACL President, Marleen Ikeda Wallingford.Photo by Reflections Photography

Congrats JA Community Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships for the Class of 2017


On Sunday, May 1, 2016, the 69th Annual Japanese American Community Graduation Banquet was held at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, Oregon.  Eleven sponsoring organizations (including the Gresham-Troutdale Chapter and Portland JACL) worked together to honor our graduating high school seniors.  The keynote speaker was Ariko Iso, who is currently the head football athletic trainer at Oregon State University.  Prior to her position at Oregon State University, she was on the staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers for nine years.  Newly arrived Consul General Kojiro Uchiyama congratulated the students on their academic success and wished them good luck in their future endeavors.  The 16 graduates all received the book Touching the Stones and scholarships and awards totaling over $22,000.  If you’d like to apply for the Class of 2017 scholarships, you can download the application here !

ScholarshipGrads2016-2The 2016 Annual Japanese American Graduation Banquet was held at the Multnomah Athletic Club on Sunday, May 7th, 2016.