SAN FRANCISCO — The California Japanese American Community Leadership Council (CJACLC) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) with closing ceremonies on Aug. 12 in San Francisco.
The statewide project sponsored by Union Bank placed 15 college-age students at different community organizations in Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco to experience and learn about the Japanese American community. Throughout the eight-week program, the interns also participated in workshops, developed leadership and professional skills, and interacted with various community leaders and organizations. Since its inception in 2002, NCI has affected over 130 participants who have interned in over 20 community-based Nikkei organizations.
The NCI participants had the opportunity to visit all three of the remaining California Japantowns during their statewide retreats in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, San Jose’s Japantown and San Francisco’s Japantown. This opportunity was made possible with partners such as Southwest Airlines, the official airline sponsor of NCI and CJACLC. Interns also had the unique opportunity this year to participate in the 2011 Nikkei Conference in Los Angeles, co-hosted by CJACLC and the Japanese American Citizens League.
For more information about CJACLC and NCI, visit www.nikkeicommunityinternship.com.
This year’s participants:
• Alison Tominaga, a second-year student at UC Irvine majoring in international studies, education and Japanese, interned at Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) in San Francisco.
• Alison Sunahara, a third-year student majoring in recreation, parks and tourism administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, inerned at National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) in San Francisco.
• Rachel Mock, a third-year student at UC Irvine majoring in Asian American studies, psychology and social behavior, interned at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco.
• Kyle Ichikawa, a second-year student at UCLA majoring in civil engineering, interned in San Jose Japantown community organizations.
• Ken Matsueda, a second-year student at Willamette University with an undecided major, interned at NJAHS.
• Lisa Mizuiri, a graduate of UC Davis in international relations and Japanese, interned at JCCCNC.
• Alex Lim, a second-year student at UC San Diego majoring in physiology and neuroscience, interned in San Jose Japantown community organizations.
• Stuart Mizokami, a fourth-year student at San Diego State University majoring in gerontology, interned at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center.
• Jason Hata, a third-year student at USC majoring in business administration, interned at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles.
• Lindsey Sugimoto, a second-year student at Loyola Marymount University majoring in political science, interned at the JACL Pacific Southwest District office in Los Angeles.
• Maya Kochiyama, a third-year student at UC Berkeley majoring in integrative biology, interned at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
• Mari Miyamoto, a second-year student at UC Berkeley majoring in political science, interned at the Gardena Japanese Cultural Institute.
• Nicholas Tasaka-Mejia, a third-year student at Cal Poly Pomona majoring in biology, interned at the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) in Los Angeles.
• Ryan Hata, a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in communications, interned at the Nikkei Credit Union in Gardena.
• Hiromi Aoyama, a fourth-year student at UCLA majoring in communication studies and accounting, interned at Konnichiwa Little Tokyo.