About

JACL Blog is a Web site about issues of concern to the Asian Pacific American community. Members of the Japanese American Citizens League keep the site up and running as they provide commentary and raise awareness about the APA community. This group blog covers a range of hot topics including politics, health care, family, civil rights and culture. It focuses on being positive, humorous, realistic, passionate, creative so visitors can live more pro-active, aware lives.

Mission

The JACL Blog will connect, engage and inspire online visitors to become active in their community.

JACL Blog is the online forum that delivers fresh, informative, relevant commentary and news about issues of concern to APAs. Unlike other APA blogs, JACL Blog is unique because the JACL sponsors and contributes to the online conversation. By posting insightful commentary to engage audiences, the JACL Blog is enhancing the discussion about the APA community.

About the authors

JACL Blog offers news, analysis and commentary on issues concerning the Asian Pacific American community. The lead writers are JACL fellows from across the country. The Ford Fund Fellow works in the Chicago JACL office and is often responsible for the JACL’s tolerance, diversity and education initiatives. The Masaoka Fellow works in a DC congressional office, learning about public service and getting a firsthand experience of policy in action. The Mineta Fellow concentrates on public policy advocacy and safety awareness for the DC JACL office. The blog also includes contributions from other JACL members and friends.

The blog’s main contributors were former Ford Program Fellow, Jacqueline Mac, former Mike M. Masaoka Fellow, Leslie Tamura, and former Norman Y. Mineta Fellow, Crystal Xu.

Contributors

Craig Ishii

is the Regional Director with the JACL Pacific Southwest District. With a history and economics degree from UCLA, Craig was an active member of the Nikkei Student Union (NSU) where he was involved in a variety of cultural, political, and community issues. Through the NSU he was introduced to the Asian Pacific Coalition which helped him to realize his duties as an Asian American. He is anxious to work on the programs established by the JACL in the areas of tolerance, diversity, and education. As a staff member with JACL, his priorities for the Pacific Southwest District include creating a political and community consciousness and implementing programs which cultivate youth leadership.

Brandon Mita

has been active with the JACL leadership for years and is currently the National Youth Representative. When not assisting the NY/SC, Brandon is a second year law student at Howard University in Washington, DC. Having worked with the Office of Commissioner Stuart Ishimaru at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and with the intent to work for the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Brandon’s interest lie in litigation and the Asian Pacific American community. Originally a resident of Skokie, Ill., he was very active in the Chicago Asian Pacific American community. Brandon received his BA in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the chairperson for the Asian American Coalition Committee, whose ongoing mission is to promote and advocate for issues concerning Asian Pacific Americans on campus and in the Chicago community.

Floyd Mori

is the National Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD). Floyd was born in Utah. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves, attended USC and graduated from Brigham Young University. He has taught economics at Chabot College, served in the California State Assembly and was an international business consultant. He has long been an advocate for Asian American issues and has had extensive experience working with various Asian and Pacific Islander American communities and organizations.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

The Japanese American Citizens League, established in 1929, is the oldest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States. The mission of the JACL is to secure and maintain the human and civil rights of all Americans and others victimized by injustice.

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