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Since its inception in 1985, the Japan America Society of San Antonio (JASSA) leads to connect cultural and business communities in San Antonio with those in Japan through diverse grassroots exchange activities that provide all members and participants various experiences that nurture teamwork, discipline and leadership, and build up an awareness of the management of a growing organization, while, at the same time, disseminating to the world the diverse and intrinsic values of San Antonio.

Dear Members and Friends of JASSA

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff, members, and communities. It is this priority which has guided all our decisions. In the rapidly changing pandemic environment, JASSA has been on an operational hiatus.

We are now happy to announce that we are bringing operations back online. We look forward to welcoming our community with a whole new website, membership system, email system (like the one you are reading now) and governance. We have put together an interim emergency board to rebuild from this last year.  Our emergency board is as follows:

President: Yuko Kawabe
Vice President: Yuka Dorsey
Secretary: Christina Pagonis
Treasurer: Jessica Maple
Board Member: Hitomi Kinoshita
Board Member: Rick Torres

We are planning to have a Member meeting on Zoom with our new board so that we can discuss where we are headed as an organization. We are almost to the end of this tunnel of isolation here in San Antonio, even as other parts of the world struggle mightily.  It has been a time of anxiety, some depression, and grief.  As we come out of our hibernation, these feelings will not go away immediately – everyone will ease their way towards normal at their own pace.  It’s good to be moving forward together.  

Please keep an eye out for the Member Zoom meeting email invite in the coming days, as well as information for our upcoming adult beginning Japanese classes starting soon (Aug 31st ~ Nov 16th).

We are glad to be back and look forward to serving our community!

 - The JASSA Board of Directors

Pictures from the 31st Annual Japanese Speech Contest

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