Local Spotlight: Spokane JACL Chapter Hosts Annual Nikkei Appreciation Luncheon
Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute Students
Spokane, WA - On March 6th, over 100 Spokane JACL chapter and community members came together at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino for their annual Nikkei Appreciation Luncheon to honor the Issei and Nisei whose personal sacrifices and work ethic created the foundation for the quality of life enjoyed today and the opportunities to pursue career choices and post-secondary education that were not options for many family members during the first 50 years of the 20th century.
Special guests included Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins and Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute Executive Vice President Kiyoshi Fukumoto. Steve Yoshihara gave the recognition speech for Isseis and Niseis, Jefferson Workman from the Spokane Buddhist Temple gave the invocation, and Pastor John Wang from Highland Park United Methodist Church gave the benediction.
Lisa Kirihara Dickinson from the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs delivered the keynote. The cultural entertainment was provided by Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute students.
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The Spokane Chapter JACL will keep this long-time tradition going. We will recognize and remember those of the Spokane Japanese community, or those who have strong ties to the Japanese community, who have passed away within the previous year.
A short program will be held starting at 2 pm. A limited amount of folding chairs will be provided, so please feel free to bring your own this year.
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