- Shaping Our Own Future -
Welcome to SOOF's first homepage. |
Since this homepage is
temporarily designed for focusing on participation in the Nosei Summit,
the contents of the page will be revised after the summit.
What is SOOF?The name SOOF comes from Shaping Our Own Future, and is made up of people from Japan in
the U.S. who share the following core goals:
- Make our stay here valuable and rewarding.
- Cultivate our identity as Japanese, and as a part of a multicultural
- Make our lives, its quality, and what we contribute to others, the best
SOOF's HistorySOOF was founded in the spring of
1999 as a project of the Japan Pacific Resource Network (JPRN). A non-profit
organization with offices located in Oakland, CA and Tokyo, Japan, JPRN focuses
on research into civil rights, corporate responsibility, and Japan-U.S.
relations. It also provides education on the management and operation of
non-profit organizations. SOOF was originally created on the principle of
establishing grassroots networking and support and empowerment for women of
Japan living in the U.S.
Our first activity was a roundtable discussion in June '99, concentrating on
Japanese women's issues such as: language barrier, career issues, identity
issues, social and cultural adjustment, and readjustment for those who return to
Japan. The discussion was quite a success, with 60 participants enthusiastically
sharing opinions on common issues and problems they face living in the U.S. Now
our focus is more diversified into empowerment for all people from Japan.
While SOOF is still developing, we have made progress through the following
activities in our first year:
- Developed a core set of enthusiastic, active members.
- Created an e-mail list and
supported communication among people in U.S., Japan, and a few other countries
(our e-mail list currently consists about 80 members).
- Held a panel discussion with guest speakers who are Japanese women
actively involved in community building in the Bay Area.
- Held a panel discussion on multicultural issues.
- Organized a successful art and cultural fair in San Francisco's Japan
- Held a study meeting and discussion on Japanese women's issues.
- Are active in events such as - Shaping Japan Town's future.
We believe in a society where
individuals are equal in their rights and freedom, and are mutually respected
- To create a supporting network and to empower people from Japan in the
United States & those who went back to Japan, facilitating issues such as
language barrier, social and cultural adjustments, identity issues, and
readjustment issues for those who are returning to Japan.
- To review our cultural identity as Japanese and search for a new identity
and community awareness.
- To empower people from Japan and all others that everyone is entitled to
have the power, autonomy and authority to create their own future regardless
of their background or predisposition.
- Study Group
- Guest Speaker Discussion
- Art/Cultural events
- SOOF Net: a free e-mail list for
information exchange & discussion network on the Internet. Anyone can join
SOOF Net even if you are not a SOOF member.
- Creating the SOOF web site and releasing a newsletter on the web.
SOOF's Goals in the Year 2000
- Publicize the best solutions to common problems through the use of the
SOOF web site.
- Creating a referral service for Japanese people in the Bay Area.
- Participation in the development of a new community in Japan Town.
Participation in the NOSEI SUMMIT
At the SOOF meeting on 22nd January 2000, guest speaker Mr. Greg Tanaka
talked about the details of the NOSEI Summit; we have decided to participate in
the Summit that is scheduled on 19th February 2000. We are going to present
Japanese newcomers' points of view on the Japanese American community and
Japantown. To present our opinions, we conducted a survey on how SOOF members
view the Japanese American community and Japantown. Based on the survey through
Soofnet, SOOF will make sixty minutes presentation at the Summit.
in San Francisco Japantown
February 19, 2000
9am to 6pm
at the J-town Christian United Presbyterian
(1700 Sutter Street)
If you have any question about SOOF's participation in the NOSEI SUMMIT,
please contact Makiko Kambayashi at Tel (415) 733-8549 or E-mail her.
SOOF General Contact
Japan Pacific Resource
310 8th Street Suite 305
Oakland, CA 94607
891-9045 ex43 / Fax (510) 891-9047
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