JASC Hosts Alumni & Supporter Reception with Glen S. Fukushima in Los Angeles

On July 22, Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) hosted a reception to celebrate the 80th anniversary with alumni, friends and supporters in Los Angeles area.  ISC Vice Chairman of the Board, Glen S. Fukushima (JASC 1970 & 71) shared his experiences at JASC, his distinguished government and business career in the U.S. and Japan. Also attended was Phil Wolfstein (JASC 1972), Will Knox (JASC  1973), Ron Ohata (JASC 1974), Shelene Atanacio (JASC 1996), and Jetting Chen (JASC 2004). The reception was also attended by several leaders from the local US-Japan community,  including California State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi and Mr. Masahiro Suga, Acting Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles. The event was co-hosted by Japan-America Society of Southern California.


Want to reconnect with JASC and meet the current students? Attend the 80th Anniversary Weekend in San Francisco! More information and RSVP at www.regonline.com/jasc80th.

Or contact Yuuki Shinomiya at yshinomiya@iscdc.org.

Double Mirror Event on Korean-American Identity

KASCers and JASCers:
Check out this event that will feature 30 Korean and Korean-American artists at the Katzen Arts Center, American University, on April 4th and 5th.
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Mina Cheon aka Ilsoon Kim, Detail from Eat Choco·Pie Together, 2014 - Double Mirror 2014 - AU Katzen Museum
Double Mirror is a mixed media and mixed genre exhibition representing a group of 30 Korean and Korean-American artists whose works share, reflect, and refract the conditions of having bi-cultural identities in the ultra modern world. These unique artists convey the cultural complexity and richness of serving two countries, Korea and America, and are regretfully under-recognized by the mainstream American art world. This exhibition explores the ways these contemporary artists have faced, challenged, changed, and re-formulated the issue of physical, mental, and virtual immigration.Important dates: April 5th Gallery talk at 5pm, Artist Reception at 6pm.

For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions and events, please visit www.american.edu/museum

Image: Mina Cheon aka Ilsoon Kim, Detail from Eat Choco·Pie Together, 2014. Performance installation with 10,000 pieces of Choco-Pie. Courtesy of Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
Museum Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday Admission is free. Parking is available under the Katzen Arts Center and is free on evenings and weekends.
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ISC-JASW Networking Night January 16, 2014

On January 16th, 2014 ISC will co-host a networking night with the Japan-America Society of Washington (JASW) at Pasara Thai in downtown Washington D.C. Join the event to ring in the new year by celebrating JASC’s 80th anniversary and JASW’s over 50 years of service to the DC area.

More information available here.

JASCers, KASCers, JASW members and supporters and friends of all programs are welcome to come and bring guests.

Please RSVP for the event at the JASW website.


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 https://www.facebook.com/SuperiorCling.

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.


A Shared Future: The KASC/JASC Symposium on U.S.-Korea-Japan Trilateral Partnership

On June 6th 2013, ISC held the “A shared Future: The KASC/JASC Symposium on U.S.-Korea-Japan Trilateral Partnership” in Washington DC. There were over 100 attendees, including university students, JASC and KASC alumni, as well as government and business representatives. The symposium focused on two panels regarding regional security and youth unemployment. A networking reception with ISC’s supporters and friends followed the panel sessions.
Please click the link to view Yeonhap New’s article on the Symposium.From left: JASC executive committee Cruz Arroyo, KASC Executive Committee Tiffany Vang, Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens and JASC alumnus Mr. Kunihiro Shimoji.

NHK Covers JASC Fundraiser in New York

Glen S. Fukushima, JASC 22 & 23 (1970 & 1971) gives the keynote address for the evening

NHK America’s TV Japan channel was on hand to cover the JASC fundraiser in New York on May 8, 2013. Their report (in Japanese) is posted here,  http://www.tvjapan.net/tvjapan_club/. TV Japan is the only Japanese broadcasting channel in North America and provides 24/7 programming to its viewers in the U.S. and Canada.

See our post about the event for more information about the event (in English).


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 www.iscdc.org/donate/.


Hiroko Shimbo Blogs about JASC

On Wednesday, May 8th, JASCers gathered in New York City for a fundraising event. Our blog about the event is forthcoming, but one of our revered guests beat us to it.

Ms. Hiroko Shimbo-a trained chef, blogger, and food authority-has written three cookbooks and helped several restaurateurs as a consultant. You can read more about her esteemed career on her website.

Hiroko attended the JASC event on Wednesday, and reflected about the experience on her blog. You can read the entry here: http://www.hirokoskitchen.com/blog/2013/05/the-japan-america-student-conference-jasc/

She also was generous enough to donate signed copies of her cookbooks for our silent auction. More information about the auction is also forthcoming.


May 8th JASC Fundraiser in New York City

On May 8, 2013 JASCers will gather for a fundraising event in New York City. The event will be hosted by a committee of dedicated JASC alumni who have tasked themselves with raising $10,000 to go towards this summer’s conference.

If you would like to attend the New York event in person, please RSVP. We will accept checks at the event. If you cannot attend but would like to give to the New York City Campaign, donate online or send a check to International Student Conferences (1150 18th Street. N.W. Suite LL2 Washington, D.C. 20036). For suggested giving levels see the suggested gifts page.

New York City vs. the World Campaign

Supporters of JASC are not only in New York, but all around the world. We are challenging our supporters to match the goal set by our New York alumni and raise $10,000 to go towards this summer’s conference.

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