Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Japanese American Citizens League
Gayle Y. Iwamasa
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was established in 1929 in California, initially to address discrimination against individuals of Japanese ancestry residing in the United States. JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the country. The JACL's current mission is to focus on securing and maintaining the civil and human rights of Japanese Americans and others who experience injustice. It has 113 chapters and 8 regional districts composed of more than 24,000 members. The JACL national office is located in San Francisco, with regional offices located in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. This entry describes the development of the JACL. At the time the JACL was founded, Japanese Americans in California faced numerous and significant limitations in human rights, as well as the actions of organizations such as the Japanese Exclusion League, founded for the sole purpose of ridding California of residents of ...