5/14/2016 – JETAASC Meishi Exchange and Career Forum

JETAASC Meishi Exchange and Career Forum

Looking to expand your professional network? Exploring ways to make your international experience more relevant to your post-JET career?

Join the JETAASC on Saturday, May 14, 2016 for an afternoon of networking and career development in Little Tokyo.

We would like to hear back from our members about what topics/ industries/ companies are of interest to you.

Please take a quick moment to complete this brief survey.

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3/18/2016 – Tohoku Tomo Film Screening and Q&A Session with Director Wesley Julian

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Tohoku Tomo Film Screening and Q&A Session with Director Wesley Julian


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA— On Friday, March 18th, 2016 at Occidental College, JETAASC, the Occidental College Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Japan Foundation will present a free screening of Tohoku Tomo, a 60-minute film dedicated to the friendship and commitment by the international community following The Great East Japan Earthquake. This free screening commemorates the fifth anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused a tsunami that claimed over 15,000 lives on March 11th, 2011. Tohoku Tomo (translated: “Friends of Tohoku”) brings attention to the ongoing efforts to rebuild the Tohoku region of Japan which was directly impacted by the disaster.

Chicago-based filmmaker Wesley Julian, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and former participant on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, was in Japan on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake struck. Seeing the devastation first-hand and losing a close friend in the tsunami, he returned to the USA committed to helping bring attention to the ongoing needs in the areas devastated by the tsunami.

“It was important to me to not forget what happened, but also to tell the story of what’s happening now in Japan,” Julian said. “The film captures the stories of people who saw a need and did what they could to make a difference. My hope is that it will inspire others to visit the area and be a part of the rebuilding efforts in Japan.”

A special Q&A session with director Wesley Julian will follow the screening of the film. This screening and special Q&A session is generously supported by the Japan Foundation. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved at https://tohokutomo-la.eventbrite.com .

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, which helps students, schools and families in the Ishinomaki area recover from the earthquake and tsunami while honoring the memory of Taylor Anderson, who was one of 2 JET participants whose lives were lost in the tragedy.

Price: Free! Please register at https://tohokutomo-la.eventbrite.com .
When: Friday, March 18th, 2016 starting at 7:00PM

Where: Choi Auditorium at Occidental College (1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 90041)

To register for this free event, please go to https://tohokutomo-la.eventbrite.com .

For more information about Tohoku Tomo, please visit http://www.tohokutomo.com.

If you are a teacher looking to give extra credit to your students for attending this free screening, please use the “Extra Credit for Tohoku Tomo” (.docx format) worksheet for a sign-off sheet students can take to the event.

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2015 JETAASC Elections – Call for Candidates

Have great ideas for JETAASC? Want to boost your leadership skills and help lead one of the largest JETAA chapters in the US? 

JETAASC is opening up nominations for officer positions for the 2015-2016 term (November 2015 – December 2016). Becoming a JETAASC officer is a great way to stay connected to JET, Japan and JET alumni from all over the U.S. We’re looking for people with big ideas and a positive attitude to help our chapter better serve our fantastic – and growing! -Southern California/Arizona alumni community.
All officer positions are open to interested candidates. Please note that all positions are volunteer roles. 


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10/10/15 – JETAASC Westside Block Party! (NDD/October SWS)

Hey everyone! We’re super excited to invite you all to our Block Party on October 10!!  We’ve got an lineup of great events – an NDD/SWS, and a nijikai on Sawtelle. Come join us for one or for all!

RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/JGqXeygsl0

2 – 3:30 pm: NDD (Nihongo Dake Dinner) in the Park (Holmby Park)
Get your Japanese on with the rockingest ringleader of Japanese knowledge this side of the American coastline, Nisia (who has a degree in Awesome-ology, bestowed on her by none other than the Empress of Japan)! There will be Japanese language exercises along with many occasions for conversate-ing. As usual, this is a POTLUCK, so please bring something to share with the group

4 – 5:30pm: Japanese Variety Show Competition? (Holmby Park)
Jeremy and Jonathan, also known as Japan’s greatest gaijin Manzai troop, are leading a series of team-based Japanese Variety Show-style games and trivia.

6:30 – : After-party dinner on Sawtelle (TBD)
Allergic to grass but wanting to join in on the fun? Don’t worry, the fun’s just getting started. After the close of our Block Party, Nisia will be joining Manzai heroes Jeremy and Jonathan for dinner, followed by an autograph-signing and photo-op in Little Osaka.


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6/26/15 – Cheer on Team Nippon with JETAASC

JETAASC, FOJ’s (“Friends of JET”), and Pasona will be forming an official Fans in the Stands volunteer group to cheer on Team Nippon at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games 2015! With 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – which will take place from July 25 to August 2 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. This is a GREAT opportunity to give back to the Japanese community and support a really wonderful global event.

Our official date for cheering is Sunday, July 26th. We are still awaiting release of Team Nippon’s competition schedule that day for several events like soccer, gymnastics and judo, but plan to meet in front of the Bruin Bear at UCLA’s Bruin Plaza at 11 AM. We will be there for the majority of the afternoon until about 6pm, taking in the Olympic Village festival as well. We’ll be making “Go Nippon” signs and getting decked out in face paint to give us the look of a coordinated cheerleading team. Official JETAASC hats will be provided to all participants. Please come out and help us shout Ganbatte!

RSVP with your name and phone number if you are able to make the 26th by e-mailing Valerie Hwang at vhwang129@gmail.com. Thank You!

For more info, please check out: http://www.la2015.org/volunteer/fans-in-the-stands

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