Conference on ‘The State of Japanese America’

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The Japanese American Citizens League (www.jacl.org) and the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council (www.cjaclc.org) will be convening a one-day conference on “The State of Japanese America: 2011” on July 9, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa, 1755 Highland Ave., in conjunction with the 42nd JACL National Convention.

The Saturday portion of the convention will be fully devoted to the conference. Individuals outside of JACL who are involved with the Nikkei community, including students and families, are invited to attend. Participants will engage with JACL and CJACLC members in discussing key issues facing Japanese America. The conference is expected to draw between 500-700 participants, including roughly 300 JACL convention attendees.

This one-day event will provide an opportunity to bring together voices from throughout California and the nation. Participants will share their ideas and develop common perspectives on key issues so as to incorporate them into the strategic plans of the JACL and the CJACLC.

Attendees will be asked to participate in one of the following eight conference tracks:

Art and Culture

Civic Engagement and Leadership Development

Civil Rights

Community Investment

Community Preservation and Development

Historic Preservation and Education

Serving Nikkei Seniors

U.S.-Japan Relations

The conference is included in the convention package for JACL members who choose this option when registering. For others who wish to register for the conference only, register using the same form. Go to http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=890525.

Registration rates:

Conference only — $50 by May 31, $75 after May 31

Conference only (youth/student) — $25 by May 31, $50 after May 31

Conference and Culmination Banquet — $175 by May 31, $200 after May 31

Conference and Culmination Banquet (youth/student) — $150 by May 31, $175 after May 31

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