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Japanese American Culture Night at Oregon State University
The Japanese American Student Association of Oregon State University hosted it's first ever JA Culture Night on the evening of April 20th, 2013 in Corvallis, Oregon. The evening showcased Asian American leaders as well as current issues within our community.
The officers of JASA showed a video that they?d created explaining the relevance of the organization. They shared their wishes for solidarity and their hope to build bridges within our community. This year, JASA is a member of the International Students of Oregon State University and Leaders Empowering Asian Pacific-Islanders at OSU. The upcoming Spring Festival with ISOSU and the APA Heritage Month with LEAP were announced as well as JASA?s two film showings of The Untold Story of Ralph Carr and the Japanese and Vincent Who? in May. They also reflected on the graduation ceremony held by previous JASA officers.
Booths included: a display of Asian American women leaders was presented by the Women?s Center at OSU, mobile crane making, daruma doll history, a photo booth, as well as a timeline on which guests were asked to put their family?s arrival to the USA and their experience. We also had an area where guests were asked to share their wishes on a piece of paper and later that night we hung it on a wishing tree outside of the Memorial Union. Art by two OSU students were on display and reflected their multicultural heritage.
The purpose of the JASA is to educate members, share the JA culture with the students of OSU, and honor cultural diversity. We do this through providing resources to students that build culturally competent future professionals, creating a sense of global citizenship and civic responsibility among members, equip the next generation with leadership and professional development opportunities as well as with knowledge of the issues of the community.