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March 2014: JACL PNW District Meeting
Members of the JACL Pacific Northwest District Council who attended the District meeting held in Spokane, Washington on March 15th. Photo by Karen Yoshitomi
Chip Larouche (l), National JACL Vice President, Planning &Development, swears in the new Board of Directors of PortlandJACL on January 12, 2014, at Chinese Village restaurant, Portland,Oregon. Board members include (l to r) Marlene Wong, KirkTambara, Jean Yamamoto, Setsy Larouche, Lynn Longfellow, ConnieMasuoka, Susan Leedham, and Chris Lee.Photo by Rich Iwasaki
Flashback: 2014 Day of Remembrance
Members of Portland Taiko perform at the opening of the 2014 Day of Remembrance, Hoffmann Hall, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
The same year that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947, Wataru Misaka became the first non-caucasian to play in the NBA.
Asian basketball players have to fight stereotypes throughout their basketball careers. ” …people who don’t think stereotypes exist are crazy. If Lin’s white, he’s either a good shooter or heady. If he’s Asian, he’s good at math. We’re not taking him…” exemplified Rex Walters.
Rex Walters is an American former professional basketball player and current men’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco. In an interview, Walters responded to questions of his feelings that he was a pioneer for Asian-Americans. He responded – “I consider myself Japanese-American. I just don’t look it. People are always surprised. Now we got a guy like Jeremy Lin breaking barriers. Read More >>>
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