Japanese-American Service Group Changes Priorities In Wake Of Disaster | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Japanese-American Service Group Changes Priorities In Wake Of Disaster

Play associated audio
The Japanese Americans' Care Fund normally focuses on providing free services to the local Japanese-American Community -- this class helps elderly residents become computer literate.
Jonathan Wilson
The Japanese Americans' Care Fund normally focuses on providing free services to the local Japanese-American Community -- this class helps elderly residents become computer literate.

The Japanese Americans' Care Fund, based in Annandale, Va., serves more than 1,000 Japanese Americans each year.

It provides translation services, free legal advice, and free instructional classes like this one, aimed at senior citizens looking to become computer literate.

The organization only has an operating budget of about $12,000, and this week, in the wake of the disaster in Japan, Yo Kimura, a board member here, says the care fund has decided to send $10,000 of the budget to aid victims of the earthquake.

"We are frankly betting on the responses of the members to replenish that over the course of the year," Kimura says.

And counting on the group's members for donations is a big deal, since Kimura says most of elderly have little income, and membership in the Care Fund is free.

But Kimura says he started receiving dozens of calls immediately after the disaster from those same members -- wanting to give $10, $15 or $50 -- as much as they could afford.

"That was so moving -- this excitement carried me through this week I think," he says.

Kimura says some classes and services the Care Fund normally provides may have to be cancelled as the year progresses, but he says right now -- even though the mission of the Care Fund remains serving citizens here in the D.C. area -- giving back to Japan has to be the priority.

WAMU 88.5

'Historic Landmark' Status Complicates Corcoran Renovations

Plans by George Washington University to renovate the Corcoran Gallery of Art may be thrown for a loop after D.C.'s historic preservation board designated much of the interior of the building as a historic landmark.

NPR

In This Museum, Visitors Can Eat At The Exhibits

The Southern Museum of Food and Beverage in New Orleans chronicles the eats and drinks of the Southern states. And it may be one of the only museums where visitors can imbibe while viewing exhibits.
NPR

Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.