The Asian Club at the Oregon State Penitentiary recently made a significant contribution to the TIU Student Relief Fund which will assist students in Japan who may have been affected by the disaster in March. Three representatives from TIUA, along with Club Advisor Rosemary Morrison, went to a club meeting to talk about the Fund and accept a check for $1500 from the group. Barby Dressler, Toru Tanabe, and American Studies Program student Daiki Miyano were invited to come and talk with the club about TIUA and its programs, as well as the Student Relief Fund which was become after a Willamette University alum came up with idea as a way to give back because of his experiences working at TIUA when he was a student and after living in Japan after graduation.
The Asian Club members were strongly affected by the photos and stories from Japan after the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear problems. They wanted to do something, but also wanted a local connection. Club advisor Morrison knew about the TIU Student Relief Fund and shared that with the group. They decided that their fundraising efforts would go to that fund.
Funds were raised through a "banana split night" and also through collections solicited from the general prison population. About 125 inmates contributed that evening
The fund has now reached $4,525 here in Salem. That money will be added to approximately $6,500 from the TIUA Alumni Association at TIU. TIUA's goal was $10,000 and TIUA is very pleased to have exceeded that goal.
Click here to see photos from the Asian Club.
Salem's multi-cultural festival, World Beat, was held on June 25-26 at Salem's Riverfront Park. Together with the Japan Cultural Society, many students in the American Studies Program volunteered by working at the JCS booth and by performing Soranbushi and Bon Dances. World Beat is a two-day celebration of international cultural heritage, 125 performances, 100 vendors and exhibitors, dance, music, theater, kids' activities, and much more. This was the 14th annual World Beat Festival and Dragon Boat Races. To see photos from the Festival and the performances, click here.