Portland JACL

Founded in 1929, the Japanese American Citizens League is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. A membership-driven national organization whose mission is to promote and uphold human and civil rights, and to promote and preserve the cultural heritage and values of Japanese Americans. 


No No Girl Portland Screening Poster

Day of Remembrance 2023: No-No Girl Film Screening

Portland will host a screening of No-No Girl followed by an interview with the director and artists.

February 19, 2023 at 1:30 pm
Lincoln Recital Hall at PSU

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Marleen at marleen@pdxjacl.org.

No No Girl is a generational, Japanese American story that intersects ideas of identity, family, duty and the traumas of war and relocation. Almost a century removed from WWII and the incarceration of her ancestors, one young daughter will take it upon herself to shine a light on their past and uncover the mysteries that have been haunting their family.


Looking for Volunteers

Portland JACL is an entirely volunteer run organization and we could always use more help. Just a couple of hours a month could support our mission of community, culture and civil rights. Looking for help with:

  • Web & Social Media
  • Newsletter
  • Development
  • Membership
  • Events

We also have committees for advocacy, finance, and the newsletter, which all members are welcome to join. Meetings take place virtually.

Volunteering with Portland JACL is a great way to give back or to get engaged with the local Nikkei community. Email us at contact@pdxjacl.org or fill out our volunteer interest form. ありがとうThank you!

2022 Picnic JACL Booth
2022 Scholarship Recipients

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the Japanese Community and Henjyoji Art Award recipients!

Learn more about them


Oregon Nisei Veterans World War II Memorial Highway

Help celebrate our Oregon Nisei Veterans as Highway 35, the 41-mile scenic roadway from the Columbia River to Mt. Hood, is dedicated as the Oregon Nisei Veterans World War II Memorial Highway

Funds for the highway signs and educational material about the historical importance of the Nisei Veterans of World War II must be privately raised.

Oreong Nisei Vets Highway Sign