Sat. Feb. 25: The Day of Remembrance Panel: National Security and Civil Liberties – 1942 and 2017

Japanese American Citizens League 2017 Day of Remembrance Program: February 25, 2017

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which made the WWII imprisonment of Japanese Americans possible. The Day of Remembrance program, titled, “National Security and Civil Liberties – 1942 and 2017,” will feature a panel discussion comparing the World War II incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them American citizens, to the current wave of Islamophobia and xenophobia.

It will be held on
Saturday, February 25, from 2 to 4 pm,
at the Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab,
20 Ames Street, Cambridge.

The program is free and open to the public.

  • Hoda Eisharkawi, MIT Muslin Chaplain


  • Shannon Al-Wakeel, Executive Director, Muslim Justice League & Board of Mass ACLU
  • Barbara J. Dougan, Civil Rights Director, Council on American Islamic Relations
  • Nadeem Nazem, Cambridge City Council
  • Paul Watanabe, Director, UMass Institute for Asian American Studies
  • Margie Yamamoto, co-president, New England Japanese American Citizens League


  • Kenneth Oye, Professor MIT Political Science and co-president New England JACL



AAJA New England Year End/ Holiday Mixer, Sat., Dec 10, 6 p.m.

Now that we’ve all survived one of the craziest elections in history — and boy, what a time to be a journalist — it is time to get together and share our war stories and catch up with our AAJA friends and colleagues. It will be an informal, casual, fun gathering. We’ll also have a short chapter board meeting to plan/brainstorm events for 2017. Everyone is welcome; come and spread holiday cheer, or commiserate!

Saturday, December 10th, 2016
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tavern in the Square, Central Square

730 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Chapter will pay for some finger/bar food that everyone can pick. Alcohol on your own (AAJA rule).

Hope to see everyone there! Come with your ideas on how AAJA New England can help you in 2017! What would you like to see us organize? What is the reason for you to be a member of AAJA?

2017 Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship

Update: Congratulations to Nader Issa for winning this year’s Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship!



Please help spread the word to our chapter students members about the AAJA Sports Task Force’s Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship!

More info:


Al at AAJA N.E. event in 2015

$2,000 is available to current students pursuing journalism studies and interested in a sports journalism career. The application deadline is December 15

Many of us know Al, as he is a long-time member of New England chapter. Al is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily. He is also the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. While with the Register, he also wrote a weekly column that was the first in the country focusing on national and local personalities and trends in women’s sports.

Young’s career spans more than four decades. He was a writer and editor at the Boston Globe, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the New Haven (CT) Register and Bridgeport (CT) Post-Telegram.

In 2010, AAJA named Young to its inaugural honor roll as an “Asian American Pioneer in U.S. journalism.” He is a past president of AAJA’s Washington, D.C. chapter. Retiring in 2013 from the Boston Globe, Young is currently the advisor to the student newspaper at Quincy College (MA).

The application deadline is extended to December 15:

“Storytellers of the Future” Sat, Sept. 10 2016

We are thrilled for this upcoming outreach event on September 10th.
The purpose of this panel is to encourage and inspire our next generation to tell the stories of their community — that their stories are important, worth telling, and need to be heard. We also want to give them advice on how they too can pursue a career in media if they so desire, titled “Storytellers of the Future.”

See the program of the event


Experienced Asian American journalists share their stories and advice to teach and inspire the next generation of storytellers

WHERE: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111 617-635-5129

Joy Lim Nakrin, NECN/NBC Boston Anchor/Reporter

Vanessa Botelho, NECN/NBC Boston Executive Producer
Jonathan Choe, NECN/NBC Boston Reporter
Audrey Asistio, NECN/NBC Boston Anchor
Nicole Dungca, Boston Globe Reporter
Bernice Corpuz, WBZ Radio Reporter

The event is free and lunch will be provided, but space is limited.

Please RSVP by emailing or calling 617-635- 5129.

Bilingual journalists will also be available for further questions and answers, including Pai En Yu, NECN/NBC Boston producer.


Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
Asian Community Development Corporation
Southeast Asian Coalition
Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition


Globe’s 2017 summer internship program application deadline: Oct. 22

The Boston Globe runs one of the top programs in the nation, giving 11 interns the opportunity to work as reporters, or as a photographer, designer or copy editor.

The 12-week paid internship places reporter-interns in our Metro, Business, Living/Arts, and Sports departments; the photo intern shoots stills and video for all sections, the design intern creates sections fronts and information graphics for print and online, and the copy editing intern works on local and regional, national and business copy, as well as with We provide direction and feedback on a daily basis. Globe interns produce every day and finely polish their journalism skills over the summer.

The application deadline this year is Oct. 22.

More information on the program and an application can be accessed from our webpage:

Aug 10: National Convention N.E. Chapter Gathering

AAJA New England Pre-Convention Meet-Up

The AAJA National Convention (Aug. 10 to 13 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas) is fast approaching, and we hope to see many of you there next month!

Before the festivities begin, we thought it might be good for those of us from the New England chapter to meet up. In addition to helping everyone get acquainted, it would give student members a chance to connect with professionals from their area.

When: Wednesday, August 10 at 4:30 PM
Where: Cleopatra’s Barge (inside Caesars Palace casino), Las Vegas Map

The gathering will be very informal, we’ll exchange information/strategy for our action-packed convention, and we’ll head into Opening Reception together!

RSVP here:

Questions and comments can be directed to Ben Watanabe at or Daigo Fujiwara call/text 617-688-2051.

AAJA New England Book Event and Social with author Cheryl Tan, July 27

AAJA New England Book Event and Social
Book Reading and drink social with AAJA member and author of SARONG PARTY GIRLS, Cheryl Tan
Wednesday, July 27 at Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

More details here.

Also checkout facebook event page Sarong Party Girls Boston Book Signing

Starts at 7:00 pm
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan – Sarong Party Girls in conversation with Julia Glass (Three Junes)

AAAJA sponsored after-reading event at Hops n Scotch
Email RSVP Sangita Chandra, VP of Broadcast, at

Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of a young, striving woman caught between worlds in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore. On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh—Western expat—husbands. As she fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband, this bombastic yet tenderly vulnerable gold-digger reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore’s glamorous nightclubs and busy streets. Cheryl will appear in conversation with National Book Award-winning novelist Julia Glass (Three Junes).

AAJA NE’s annual Fenway Park Fundraiser, July 22

Photo by Daigo Fujiwara

Summer’s here and that means AAJA NE’s annual Fenway Park Fundraiser is around the corner!

Join AAJA NE on Friday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. as the Red Sox take on South Korean slugger Byung-ho Park and the Minnesota Twins. Come hang with some of New England’s top journos, strengthen the network of Asian Americans and cheer on Big Papi and the rest of the Sox lineup!

Tickets are $48 for right-field grandstand seats, all seated together. Proceeds go to VOICES, the student-operated publication of the AAJA National Convention.

If interested, email me at Feel free to request an additional ticket for a friend. Tickets are limited, DON’T DELAY!

Young-Jin Kim, VP of Membership for AAJA New England

AAJA New England/Voices Alumni Happy Hour Mixer

Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 p.m.
Publick House (
1648 Beacon Street, Washington Square, Brookline
Great opportunity to meet new and veteran AAJA members, prospective members and participants in AAJA Voices.

$10 for appetizers; drinks are on your own
Email RSVP to Phil Marcelo, VP of Print and 2016 AAJA Voices volunteer mentor, at

Join us May 18 for Asian Pacific Heritage Month event


Edited transcript of the event: Chang, Wu, and Koh are blazing trails in Boston

An evening to celebrate
Asian Pacific Heritage Month
with Michelle Wu, Dan Koh, & Tommy Chang

See flyer here

Wednesday, May 18
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
China Pearl
9 Tyler St., Boston (MBTA, Orange line Chinatown)

koh wu chang
Dan Koh,
Chief of Staff to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Michelle Wu,
President of the Boston City Council
Tommy Chang,
Superintendent of Boston Public Schools
  • Networking starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Program at 6:30 p.m., moderated by Shirley Leung, Columnist of the Boston Globe


The event is free, but please RSVP. Seating is limited.
Register here:

Sponsors: Asian American Journalists Association New England Chapter ( and New England Japanese American Citizens League (
with support from Coulter Foundation’s civic engagement grant

Questions? Contact Daigo Fujiwara, President of AAJA New England at or 617-688-2051