SAN JOSE — The 2014 National JACL Convention committee has announced the award recipients to be honored at the 2014 National JACL Convention, which will be held Wednesday, July 9, through Sunday, July 13, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in San Jose.
“The convention theme, ‘We Are America,’ is a reflection of the diversity within the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and the important role we play in our nation’s socio-economic future,” convention organizers said. “For far too long, AAPIs and other people of color have struggled to gain acceptance as Americans. The 2014 JACL National Convention will focus on raising awareness about diversity and inclusion of communities of color as an integral part of the fabric of American society.
“Volunteering time and service to a community and organizations in the pursuit of ideals that promote a better life for everyone is paramount to ensuring a better life for all peoples in all walks of life. The theme, ‘We Are America,’ chosen by the 2014 National JACL Convention Committee and the JACL National Board, gives us a chance to view everyone in the light of being a part of the whole, not just looking in.
“In line with the theme, ‘We Are America,’ the 2014 National JACL Convention Committee and National JACL Board are grateful to all who honor the legacy of inclusion and community. As such, the 2014 National JACL Convention Committee and National JACL Board are honoring the following individuals and organizations.”
• The Vision Award, to be presented at the Youth Luncheon, goes to ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education)
• The Japanese American of the Biennium Award, to be presented at the Sayonara Banquet, goes to attorney Dale Minami (law), San Jose Taiko founders Roy and PJ Hirabayashi (arts) and Marsha Aizumi, author of “Two Spirits, One Heart” (education/humanities).
• The Edison T. Uno Civil Rights Award, to be presented at the Sayonara Banquet, goes to Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.
• The Governor Ralph Carr Award for Courage, to be presented at the Sayonara Banquet, goes to the American Friends Service Committee.
• The JACLer of the Biennium Award, to be presented at the Awards Luncheon, goes to 442nd Regimental Combat Team veteran Lawson Sakai.
Conventioneers will have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals and organizations at the convention. In addition, space and tickets are still available for an evening concert with Hiroshima, local tours, and “We Are America” workshops. See the convention website at www.2014.jacl.org for registration and ticket information.