2018 Women of the Year to Be Honored

The Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League and the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California have selected four exceptional Japanese American community leaders for the 2018 Women of the Year Award: Joyce Wakano Chinn, Noriko Kamimoto, Miyuki Namiki, and Victoria Oshiro Nishiuchi.

This year’s luncheon event will be held at the Quiet Cannon, Rooms Crystal 1 & 3, 901 N. Via San Clemente, Montebello, on Sunday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m.


Chinn attended both American and Japanese schools concurrently. She graduated high school level, Ko-Chu gaku-bu, and graduated from UCLA with a teaching credential in elementary education. She taught 5th and 6th grades from 1970-2008 with LAUSD and was honored by the Japanese American Optimist Club and by the Cherry Blossom Festival as an outstanding educat