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JACL Seattle to Hold 94th Annual Banquet

Frank and Penny Fukui

By The North American Post

The Japanese American Citizens League Seattle Chapter will hold its 94th Annual Banquet, “Sports and Social Justice,” on April 2.

The chapter will feature “the Japanese and Asian Pacific Islander game changers who have broken bar riers through athletes.” Aaron Levine, sports director at Q13 Fox News, will be an emcee, Seat tle University professor Marie Wong will speak about the history of the Japanese American baseball league and author Ken Mochizuki will read his famous book, “Baseball Saved Us.”

“From Michelle Kwan to Ichiro, so many athletes of Asian ancestry continue to inspire our communities and break through racial stereotypes in the United States,” said chapter president Sarah Baker. “We aim to give visibility to these role models and celebrate their accomplishments, while also examining the role that sports have had in the history of Japanese Americans.”

The banquet will also recognize various honorees including Frank and Penny Fukui of Woodburn Co. for Community Corporate Engagement, Akemi Matsumoto of APACE for Community Engagement, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim for Civil Rights and North Seattle College for Special Recognition for Championing Youth.

The event’s doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at SODO Park as the formal program begins from 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $90 for individuals and $75 for students.

More information can be found at www.jaclseattle.org.

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The North American Post is a community newspaper that celebrates Japanese culture in the Greater Seattle area. Founded by 1st generation Japanese-Americans in 1902, the publication is one of the oldest minority-owned newspapers in the region. Today, with bilingual articles in English and Japanese, the publication connects readers with diverse cultural backgrounds to Seattle’s Japanese community. Our articles include local news, event calendars, restaurant reviews, Japanese cooking recipes, community interviews, and more.