Apr 8

By Jen Wang (Miyagi-ken, Tome-shi, 2008-09), writer for J-music website Purple Sky.  She also maintains her own J-pop culture blog, Gaijin Teacher Otaku. JET alum and tsunami survivor Canon Purdy (Miyagi-ken, Shizugawa-cho, 2008-10) has created the Save Miyagi fund with her family to help the students in Minamisanriku.  Currently she is working with the mayor […]

Mar 14

A new effort started by Miyagi JET alum Canon Purdy: Welcome to Save Miyagi, a non profit, unincorporated charity organization dedicated to helping Miyagi and Minamisanriku rebuild after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11th, 2011. Canon Purdy and her family founded this organization after Canon was stranded without contact in the town of Minamisanriku, […]

Mar 11

There’s so much going on in connection with 3/11 that it feels overwhelming to try and capture everything. Life has been busy with all of life’s things, and I realized that I was trying to put off thinking about 3/11 in some important ways. So I finally stopped myself and thought back to March 11, […]

Oct 11

Via Pacific Northwest JETAA: On Friday August 26, we had the great honor of giving a presentation about the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association at the Hyogo Seminar, which was hosted by Hyogo Prefecture (coordinated by theHyogo Business and Cultural Center) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). The Governor of Hyogo […]

Sep 15

JET alum returns to Minamisanriku with charity funds

Jen Wang (Miyagi, 2008-09) created the alias “Hibari-sensei” for her Japanese pop culture blog, Gaijin Teacher Otaku, after her students called her by the name of a character she cosplayed. She also writes for J-music website Purple SKY. Canon Purdy (Miyagi, 2008-10) made headlines when Today‘s Ann Curry found tracked her down after the earthquake […]

Aug 9

JETwit needs your help identifying any earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster relief projects or efforts that have been started, organized, managed or otherwise undertaken by JETs or JET alumni. What else is missing from this list? View Japan Relief Efforts in a larger map View Japan Relief Efforts in a larger map The ones we’re aware of to […]

Mar 24

JETAA Northern California benefit raises over $7,000

KTVU Morning News in San Francisco has a whole feature on JETAA Northern California’s fundraiser.  SF Consulate JET Coordinator (and JET alum) Peter Weber is interviewed.  I think I saw a brief shot of JETAA US Country Representative Rod McLeod.  And it sounds like Canon Purdy may have been there as well. Good work JETAA […]

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