About the Chapter

The San Jose chapter is the Bay Area's oldest and one of the larger JACL Chapters. Originally organized as the American Loyalty League in 1923, it affiliated with the National JACL in 1930 and ever since has been an active proponent for and contributor to San Jose’s Japantown. The chapter office is located in the heart of Japantown in the historic Issei Memorial Building (IMB), a City of San Jose historical landmark. 

Chapter activities span a wide range of topics, including annual events like the Scholarship Luncheon, Community Recognition Dinner, and Nikkei Matsuri, as well as special interest events such as movie screenings and community service activities. 

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