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March 13, 2012

Cherry Blossom Giving Circle Members and Friends are invited to our upcoming events!

March 31 — Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk
The Cherry Blossom Giving Circle community is invited to attend the 14th annual Freedom Walk at the National Japanese American Memorial.

An official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, the family-friendly Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk is a historical and cultural event to raise awareness about the Japanese American experience during World War II and to highlight the vigilant role that American citizens must continue to play in preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans. The Memorial was built as a lasting tribute to the more than 33,000 Japanese American soldiers who served with great distinction in the U.S. Military. The Memorial also pays tribute to the more than 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry who were unjustly relocated in the American confinement sites during World War II and is also a testament to our nation’s greatness that it does not fear to acknowledge its mistakes.
There is no charge to attend the Cherry Blossom Freedom Walk. Donations, however, are warmly welcomed and will help support the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation’s nationwide educational and outreach efforts, including events such as the Freedom Walk and the Annual Day of Remembrance, a jointly sponsored program with the Smithsonian Institution to observe the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the imprisonment of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Title Sponsor: Japanese Commerce Association of Washington DC

Other sponsors: National Japanese American Memorial Foundation, Japanese American Veterans Association and Southwest Airlines (official airline of NJAMF)

See for more details.  If you have questions, please contact Gale Awaya McCallum at


April 2, evening: White House Asian American Pacific Islander gathering.

Save the date for a networking reception with AAPI community leaders from around the country.  Location and time TBD.  More details will be posted once they become available.


April 5-6 — From Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co., one of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle 2011 grantees: 


Washington, DC—Dana Tai Soon Burgess, who has been called the “poet laureate of Washington dance,” will kick off his 20th anniversary season at a spring performance showcasing repertory highlights from Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. The April 5-6 performances by Washington’s premier contemporary dance company will take place at The George Washington University Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. This is the same theater where Burgess launched his company two decades ago.

The spring performance features four critically acclaimed repertory works that showcase the choreographer’s unique style. The performances will be followed by a panel discussion with founder/artistic director Burgess and the dancers.

The April 5-6 performances will feature:

  • Becoming American, which explores the experience of a Korean child uprooted from her birthplace when she is adopted by Caucasian American parents. The lead dancer is Katia Chupashko, whose personal story is represented in the work.
  • Hyphen, which looks at the experience of being a hyphenated American and features the full company.
  • Khaybet, a solo dance performed by associate artistic director Connie Fink. The dance, which depicts a woman at the end of her life, was choreographed after Burgess participated in a cultural exchange to northern Pakistan.
  • Fractures, a sparse and nuanced work which sensitively depicts a love triangle. The work will be performed by Yeonjin Cho, Kelly Southall and Sarah Halzack.

$15 for students, $22 for artists and $25 for general admission. For tickets, visit

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