ISC Fundraiser Draws Crowd of Supporters, JASC & KASC Alumni

JASCers Kei Koizumi, JASC 42 & 43 (1990 & 1991) and Micah Green, JASC 41 & 42 (1989 & 1990) reunite at the event.

On November 21, 2013, International Student Conferences (ISC) held the Thanks For Giving Fundraiser in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The event was well attended by alumni of JASC and KASC and supporters of both programs. One of the highlights of the evening was a Japanese sake and Korean makkoli tasting provided by Michael J. Simpkin of MJS Sake Selections.

Sake Sommelier Michael J. Simkin explains the origin and taste of the sake and makkoli selection.

Jazz music was also provided throughout the evening by Superior Cling. More about the band is available at

Addresses were given by Kristy Holch, JASC 38 (1986) and Chairman of the ISC Board of Directors, Yuuki Shinomiya, ISC Executive Director, Anna Zeng, JASC 66 (2014) AEC Chair, Nae Won, KASC 7 (2014) KEC Chair, and Minister Ohtaka of the Japanese Embassy in Washington.

Kristy Holch, JASC 38 (1986) and Chairman of the ISC Board of Directors, addresses the audience.

Minister Ohtaka gives a toast to JASC and KASC.

More pictures from the event are available on the JASC Flickr page. ISC hopes to host many more events in 2014 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of JASC and the establishment of an ISC presence in Korea.


Asia Society Hosts, “An Asian American Triumph: From Internment Camps to Reparations”

On Thursday, June 20th, Asia Society hosted an extraordinary event titled, “An Asian American Triumph: From Internment Camps to Reparations.” As one of the event’s outreach partners, International Student Conferences was invited to attend. Yuuki Shinomiya, Executive Director of ISC was joined by Jenny Kai, KASC 3 (2010), and Rachel Horton, JASC 63 & 64 (2011 & 2012), in representing both conferences and engaging in discussion afterwards. A few other JASCers  were also in attendance, most notably, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York, Shigeki Hiroki, JASC 28 & 29 (1976 & 1977), and Consul Kengo Yoshihara, JASC 41 (1989).

The event was both informative as well as inspiring. Ambassador Hiroki and Nicholas Platt, Asia Society President Emeritus, introduced the speakers and significance of the event. Fred Katayama, the moderator of the event, told his father’s story of internment in the United States during World War II. After he spoke, he welcomed Grant Ujifusa, Redress Strategy Chair of the Japanese American Citizens League, and then Tom Kean, former Governor of New Jersey, to share their personal stories of President Ronald Reagan reversing his opposition to the Japanese American redress bill and eventually signing the HR 442 on August 10, 1988.  The event continued with questions and answers that added even more to the history surrounding the redress and how we can use what happened in the past as a way to pave a future of less suffering and segregation. By signing the HR 442, President Ronald Reagan showed the United States that justice being served and the reparations paid to those interned were more important than the fiscal budget.

Although the history of Japanese Americans interned during WWII is not taught in all schools across the United States, it is a shameful part of the nation’s history and a lesson that should be imparted so as to never be repeated. JASC has always made efforts to educate young leaders from the US and Japan about Japanese American community’s history and contributions to the American society.

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This article was written by Rachel Horton, alumna of JASC 63 & 64 (2011 & 2012).


JASC Fundraiser a Success in New York

John Shook, JASC 29 (1977) speaks about his JASC experience

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013 JASCers and supporters gathered in New York City for a fundraiser. The event was graciously hosted by MetLife at their Bryant Park building. Over 100 people were in attendance for the event that rekindled JASC memories and introduced the program to some new friends. The event, along with the online campaign for fundraising has brought in over $16,000 for JASC this year.

JASCers from JASC 61-64 reunite during the event

John Shook, JASC 29 (1977), was the first speaker of the evening. He spoke on how JASC impacted him personally and helped launch his esteemed career for Toyota and now the Lean Enterprise Institute. More about John and his work here.

Kengo Yoshihara speaks at the JASC Fundraiser

He was followed by Kengo Yoshihara, JASC 41 (1989) and Consul of Japan in New York City. Kengo spoke on the importance of JASC to U.S.-Japan relations and his own experience as a delegate.

Jillian Anderson speaks at the JASC fundraiser

Jillian Anderson, JASC 63 & 64 (2011 & 2012) spoke next and gave an account of what she gained during her experience as a delegate and as chair of the American Executive committee and how the skills she has learned are helping her now as a young professional.

The keynote speaker of the evening was Glen S. Fukushima, JASC 22 & 23 (1970 & 1971) and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He gave a speech about the impact of JASC on 3 levels, the personal, the national, and the international. In addition to learning skills he found valuable in his career as a U.S. trade representative at the JASC, Glen also met his wife of over 40 years, Ms. Sakie Fukushima, also JASC 22 & 23 (1970 & 1971), during the conference. More about Glen on his website.

Glen S. Fukushima speaking at the JASC Fundraiser

The purpose of the event was to help ISC reach its goal of raising $20,000 from individuals and $20,000 from corporations in support of the upcoming conference thanks to generous supporters like our corporate sponsors, MetLife, Toyota, Sojitz, Marubeni, and the Japan Chamber of Commerce. ISC is still progressing towards this goal and donations of any amount are appreciated. More at


Willamarie Moore (JASC 40, 41, 42) publishes Children’s books about Japan

Willamarie Moore (JASC 40, 41, 42) has published two Children’s books about Japan, Japanese Traditions: Rice Cakes, Cherry Blossoms and Matsuri and All About Japan: Stories, Song, Crafts and More. Moore lived and worked in Japan for several years, and she is currently the Head of School Programs and Teacher Resources at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Her Amazon. com author page was created by Elissa Leif (JASC 39, 40, 42). They met as tablemates of the 40th JASC, and they have continued their friendship!


Sarah Sze (JASC 41 & 42) at Asia Society


Sarah Sze (JASC 41 & 42) attended JASC while a student at Yale University. She has since earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has exhibited her work in solo shows in London, Paris, and throughout the U.S. In 2003, she received a  MacArthur Fellowship. Through March 25, 2012, Sarah is exhibiting her work at the Asia Society.


Wayne Miller (JASC 41) Acts as Television Core Extra

Wayne Miller (JASC 41) is acting as a a core extra on medical drama  “Body of Proof” on ABC. Depending on the episode, he is cast as either a Crime Scene Investigator or a Medical Examiner. He’s also acted on “Law and Order”, “30 Rock”, and others.

Check out his website to see his full list of roles!