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Aratani CARE Award Recipients Announced

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center announces that 15 community groups and individuals have been awarded 2018-19 George and Sakaye Aratani Community Advancement Research Endowments.

Sakaye and George Aratani

The awardees are Gardena Pioneer Project, Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, Go For Broke National Education Center, Grateful Crane Ensemble, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Japanese Community Youth Council (San Francisco), Mary Uyematsu Kao, Kizuna, Koreisha Senior Care & Advocacy (KSCA), Nichi Bei Foundation (San Francisco), UCLA Nikkei Student Union, UCLA Nikkei Student Union Odori, Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, and Vigilant Love.

The George and Sakaye Aratani Community Advancement Research Endowment or Aratani CARE Awards are given to projects that will benefit and advance the Japanese American community. The award application process for 2019-20 begins in December. Projects that strengthen ties between the Japanese American community and UCLA students, staff, and faculty receive particular consideration. Recipients must list and acknowledge UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center and the Aratani CARE Award as co-sponsors on PR and programs.

Nonprofit organizations and qualified individuals are invited to apply for awards that generally range from, but are not limited to, $1,000 to $5,000. Information about the funding and how to apply is available online at:

Specific questions about the Aratani CARE Award that are not covered on the website may be sent to the Aratani CARE Team’s email address:

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