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30 Years of Legacy: The Nikkei Student Union at UCLA

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The Nikkei Student at UCLA celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, hosting a commemorative banquet on Saturday January 21, 2012.

Founded in 1981, the Nikkei Student Union (NSU) at UCLA has grown to have a membership of over 200 students. This year NSU celebrates 30 years since its founding and will also feature its 26th Annual Cultural Night in February.

Timeline:

  • 1981 – NSU is founded
    • The Nikkei Student Union is founded by Ken Minami, Albert Saisho, and Kenji Saisho.

  • 1980s – NSU fights with NCRR
    • NSU fights with the National Coaltion for Redress and Reparations (Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR)) to demand an apology and monetary reparations for the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during WWII

  • Feb 1986 – Week of Remembrance is held
    • NSU holds its inaugural week of Remembrance (weeklong series of speakers, forums, and exhibits). Evolves into NSU’s annual Cultural Night (CN)

  • 1986-1989 – Nakanishi’s Fight for Tenure
    • NSU plays an integral part to gain tenure for former Asian American Studies Center director Don Nakanishi

  • 1990 – Kyodo Taiko formed
    • NSU members organize Kyodo Taiko, the first collegiate taiko group

  • 1992 – Community recognition for NSU’s contributions/active involvement
    • Southern California Japanese American Historical Society honors NSU for its efforts to educate students on JA issues. The City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, and the California State Legislature Assembly award NSU for outstanding service

  • 1995 – SoCal INC is formed
    • The Intercollegiate Nikkei Council is formed in efforts to establish a network among SoCall Nikkei college groups

  • 1996 – First Chinese American president of NSU
    • April Cheng becomes the first Chinese American president of NSU

  • 1997 – NSU Modern is formed
    • NSU Modern, a hip-hop and jazz dance group, is formed to provide members with an artistic outlet for expression

  • 2000 – First Fall Festival
    • NSU and Kyodo Taiko hold the first Fall Festival

  • 2000 – LTSC Recreation Center Project
    • NSU begins working with LTSC and other community groups to build a recreation center in Little Tokyo (2008 a Memorandum of Understanding between the City and LTSC is approved, 2009 the recreation center project renamed Budokan)

  • 2000 – NSU staff member Evan Okamura is elected USAC External Vice President
  • 2002 – NSU becomes a part of the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC)
  • 2002 – Yuji Ichioka Basketball Tournament
    • NSU renames its annual basketball tournament to “The Yuji Ichioka Memorial Basketball Tournament” in honor of the renowned historian, activist, and professor Yuji Ichioka

  • 2003 – “Where is the Love”
    • NSU staff member Jonathan Shintaku organizes the first annual “Where is the Love” (raising awareness about hate crimes)

  • 2007 – Chibi-K Internship is started
    • Chibi-K was suspended in 2006 due to dwindling participation and lack of outreach

  • 2009 – NSU initiates Project Hashi
    • A grass roots student initiated volunteer program to connect college students with the Nikkei community through participation in Little Tokyo community-based organizations

  • 2011 NSU is awarded for its generous contributions to the Japanese Relief Fund by the Red Cross
  • 2012 NSU celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a Banquet at Ackerman Grand Ballroom
  • Slides in this album 

    1980s NSU begins its first Manzanar Pilgrimage

    NSU hosts its annual Manzanar Pilgrimage in April, bringing its members to one of the internment camps of the 1940s. 

    This picture shows the attendance from last Manzanar Pilgrimage in May 2011, where Kyodo Taiko performed and NSU Odori led the Obon Dancing in commemoration of the pilgrimage.

    1980s NSU begins its first Manzanar Pilgrimage
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    1988-1989 NSU

    Attending the 3rd annual NSU Cultural Night, hanging with friends, running fundraisers, collaborating... NSU is about developing a community and long-lasting friendships.  The memories made here are built to last.

    NSU 1988-1989
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    1989 Don Nakanishi's Fight for Tenure

    During the 1980s the Asian American Studies Center (AASC) at UCLA NSU helped fight for Don Nakanishi's tenure as director of the new AASC.  By staging protests and walkouts, NSU became a vital student voice for the Asian American movement on campus.

    You can read more about Don Nakanishi here

    ...

    1989 Don Nakanishi's Fight for Tenure
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    1989 Cultural Night

    The first student-run production by NSU, Cultural Night evolved from the Week of Remembrance event of forums and exhibits to a student-run production of a drama set, odori, taiko, and hip-hop performances.  Today, NSU's CN is hosted at UCLA's prestigious Royce Hall for an audience of over 2000 attendees.

    1989 Cultural Night
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    1991 Staff Retreat

    NSU's Staff currently consists of five committees: Cultural Awareness and Community Service (CACS), New Staff (Leadership Development), Outreach, Social, and Sports along with an Executive Board.  Today, NSU hosts three staff retreats every year at the beginning of each quarter, and their stafff currently holds more than 50 staffers.

    1991 Staff Retreat
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    1991 INC Basketball

    Basketball is a large part of the JA community and many of NSU's members come from J-league backgrounds.  They are able to continue playing basketball in various tournaments, most often with the other Southern California Intercollegiate Nikkei Council Colleges and Universities.  Here, they are able to meet up with old ...

    1991 INC Basketball
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    1996 NSU In the Community

    NSU is not only dedicated to raising cultural awareness but also Community Service.  Pictured here are NSU members engaged in the Little Tokyo community, forging relationships and developing a greater tie with the JA Community.

    1996 NSU In the Community
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    1996 Banquet

    NSU's End of the Year Banquet in 1996

    1996 Banquet
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    1998 Banquet

    Banquets are held at the end of the year in June, our very last event.  Although another year in NSU has come to an end, an end only marks the beginning of something new.  From here, new co-heads and committees are designated and the New Board officially takes on all ...

    1998 NSU at UCLA Banquet
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    1998-1999

    From Obon Hopping in the summer to Fall Staff Retreat to all the festivities of First Quarter, it's a time for bonding, culture, and building upon old and new friendships.

    1998-1999
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    1999-2000

    Spending time with great people...and with good food!  NSUers still love their food and often bond over good eats like 10th Week Dinners, Family Dinners, random excursions, and banquets. 

    With good food you open up, share the wealth of a delicious meal, and it's always a good reason to meet ...

    1999-2000 UCLA NSU
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2001 Zero Week

    Zero Week Picnic is held on the Sunday before First Week, during the Zero Week Festivities to encourage new freshmen and transfers to check out various student organizations on the UCLA campus.  Free and open to any who would like to attend, NSU staffers cook various delicious dishes and host ...

    2001 Zero Week Picnic
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2001 CN

    NSU's Culture Night features performances by a drama cast, odori, Kyodo Taiko, and NSU Modern and takes months to plan and weeks of practice for this one night production. The entire day of consists of finalizing stage lights, one final dress rehearsal, ensuring everything is ready to go.  Every year ...

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    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2002 Banquet

    UCLA hosts its annual End of the Year Banquet

    2002 Banquet
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2009 - NSU Begins the Chibi-K Internship

    Due to the diminishing number of participants for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center's (JACCC) Annual Chibi-K Fun Run, a part of the Annual Children's Day Festivities.

    2009 - NSU Begins the Chibi-K Internship
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2011 - NSU Odori Hosts Its First Recital

    In May 2011 NSU Odori hosted its first recital at Schoenberg Music Hall, presenting a wonderful display of eloquence, elegance, and finesse.

    2011 - NSU Odori Hosts Its First Recital
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2011 NSU's 25th Anniversary Culture Night

    NSU celebrated its 25th Anniversary Culture Night, "The Last Generation: Every Generation Needs a Regeneration."

    2011 NSU's 25th Anniversary Culture Night
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2011 Red Cross Honors NSU for its Contribution to the Japan Relief Fund

    With the great initiative of its staffers, NSU's Board helped organize fundraising for the Japan Relief

    2011 Red Cross Honors NSU for its Contribution to the Japan Relief Fund
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2011 - NSU Helps Organize the JA Legacy Conference

    The Legacy Conference is an intergenerational conference promoting JA activism in five different fields. It was held on November 5th, 2011 at JANM, the ideal location to bring JAs to back to Little Tokyo. Iku Kiriyama, Glenn Omatsu, Alan Nishio, Kathy Masaoka, Mark Masaoka, Evelyn Yoshimura, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Aaron Hamachi, ...

    2011 - NSU Helps Organize the JA Legacy Conference
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

    2012 NSU 30th Anniversary Banquet

    NSU celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year by hosting a Banquet at Ackerman Grand Ballroom at UCLA.

    NSU hopes to bring together its alumni and current members to celebrate 30 years of legacy and rekindle their "Home Away from Home."

    2012 NSU 30th Anniversary Banquet
    Contributed by: NSUatUCLA

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