Go For Broke National Education Center's eTorch - November 2017

President's Message
A time to reflect on America's promise

PresidentAs the holidays quickly approach, we have an opportunity to reflect. In the last year, so much has gone on in our nation and across the globe. Stories fill the news about international terrorism, possible nuclear confrontation and domestic racial bigotry. Marches, demonstrations and pledges about restoring America to what it once was fill the airwaves; simultaneously, the true nature of America's Promise seems lost. America's Promise - the promise that in our nation, no one is to be judged by the color of their skin, the nation of their origin or the god whom they choose to worship.

16th annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner attracts more than 1,000 guests

Lauren Kinkade
Go For Broke National Education Center held its 16th annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner, presented by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles.

The evening was a huge success with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

Private Night at Roy's Pasadena

Private Night at Roy's
Join us on a special night featuring food from several amazing chefs! Cost is $250 per person and includes food, drink (wine, beer, and signature drinks), and gratuity. Also featuring LIVE MUSIC by Tavita.

Featured Chefs:

  • Celebrity Guest of Honor - Chef Roy Yamaguchi - Roy's Restaurants
  • Chef Josiah Citrin - Melisse
  • Chef Akira Hirose - Maison Akira
  • Chef Celestino Drago - Drago Centro
  • Chef Dave Woodall - Red Herring
  • Chef Raphael Lunetta - Lunetta

Click here to purchase tickets or call 310-328-0907.

GFBNEC launches Annual Fund Drive with one-for-one match

annual fund driveGo For Broke National Education Center is launching our Annual Fund Drive on Nov. 1 to support projects that preserve and perpetuate the legacy of our Nisei veterans of World War II. The Annual Fund Drive is a critical component in helping GFBNEC, and we humbly ask for your support so that we can carry on our incredibly important work.

'Courage and Compassion' travels to Hawaii
'Courage and Compassion' exhibition will be on display at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i from Nov. 11 through Dec. 9

courage and compassion
Go For Broke National Education Center's traveling exhibition is on to its second location.

Kyle Choi wins Honda CR-V in Evening of Aloha Gala Opportunity Drawing

EOA winner
Kyle Choi was announced the winner of the 2017 Evening of Aloha Opportunity Drawing during the gala dinner on Sept. 23. From left, David Ono, Evening of Aloha master of ceremonies; Mitchell T. Maki, GFBNEC president & CEO; Margaret Choi, wife of the winner; Kyle Choi, winner of the Honda CR-V; Kacey Takashima, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; and Stephen Kagawa, GFBNEC board chair. We would like to again thank American Honda Motor Co., Inc. for donating this amazing vehicle and to all of our supporters who purchased a ticket. Photo courtesy of Shane Sato.

GFBNEC launches speaker program for schools
'Restoring America's Promise: The Impact of Nisei Veterans in the Redress Movement' presentation to be shared in the classroom

speaker programBeginning in November, Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, president and CEO of Go For Broke National Education Center, will be available to present the program "Restoring America's Promise: The Impact of Nisei Veterans in the Redress Movement" to students at Los Angeles-area schools. Maki is lead author of "Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress."

Essay contest winners attend EOA

Courage Corner
Eight of GFBNEC's 2017 High School and College Student Essay, Poetry and Video Contest winners were able to attend the 16th annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner. From left, Kenneth Kitahata, Javier Herrera, Sophia Ichida Eberlein, Jalyn Matsumoto, Kristi Kawabe, Melia Harlan, Zulema Morales and Tamara Sato. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Veterans Day weekend concert to honor Nisei

A concert honoring the Nisei will take place on Nov. 12 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.

The Great Nisei Reunion III will feature the Harry James Orchestra, the Modernaires, the Island Crooners and "the Songbird of Manzanar."

According to Stonebridge Productions, the Great Nisei Reunion III is the final in a series of nostalgic big band concerts honoring the Nisei. The first one was held at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo in 2014, with the second one in La Mirada in 2015.

GFBNEC's Defining Courage Exhibition continues to offer free field trips

Free days
Thanks to a generous grant from the Aratani Foundation, GFBNEC's Defining Courage Exhibition will continue to be free to individual students and teachers as well as those visiting on field trips.

GFBNEC offers a field trip to see our Defining Courage Exhibition and a joint field trip with the Japanese American National Museum.

Visit http://www.goforbroke.org/visit/planning/groups.php for more information or contact Tessa Cencula at 310-222-5711 or tessa@goforbroke.org.

Upcoming Aratani Family Free Days
Mark your calendar! GFBNEC's Defining Courage Exhibition will have free admission for all visitors on the following dates:

  • Friday, Nov. 10
  • Saturday, Nov. 11
  • Saturday, Dec. 2
  • Saturday, Dec. 23

Isakari joins GFBNEC as fall intern

IsakariGo For Broke National Education Center is excited to have Emily Isakari on board as our 2017 Fall Intern!

Emily is a senior at UCLA where she is majoring in Asian American Studies. She will be at GFBNEC through December and she has already contributed to the Evening of Aloha, exhibit development and various research projects.

'Letters to Eve' play supports GFBNEC

The musical "Letters to Eve" will donate $1 to Go For Broke National Education Center for every ticket sold during its run in Santa Monica.

GFBNEC will also do an after-show talk following a performance on Sunday, Dec. 3.

The play takes place during World War II. It tells about a Japanese American family which was incarcerated during the war, along with the story of a black jazz musician who was captured during the Nazi occupation of France.

The play was written by Daniel Sugimoto and premiered in November 2016. According to Broadway World, Sugimoto wrote the play for his grandmother, who grew up in a World War II concentration camp.

"Letters to Eve" will run from Nov. 17 to Dec. 17 at the Miles Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. For more information, go to www.letterstoeve.com.

How the 'Lost Battalion' was saved

Lost BattalionWhenever the 100th/442nd comes up, one of the first things talked about is their courageous actions during "the Rescue of the Lost Battalion."

It is considered one of the more notable battles not just during World War II, but all of American military history. Oct. 30 of this year marks the 73rd anniversary of the day that the Nisei soldiers of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team made contact with the stranded "Lost Battalion," the 141st Infantry Regiment.

'Nikkei Samurai' launches temporary exhibition space

Nikkei Samurai
Go For Broke National Education Center launched "Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran," its first temporary exhibition in GFBNEC's Defining Courage Exhibition in Little Tokyo.


Featuring food, entertainment and fun for the whole family. GFBNEC is proud to announce that this event will feature food from Mago's Famous Hamburgers!


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Nov. 16, 2017- Private Night at Roy's Pasadena

Nov.11 - Dec.9, 2017- TRAVELING EXHIBIT: Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience - Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

Feb. 10, 2018- Family Fun Day in JANM Plaza featuring Mago's Famous Hamburgers


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