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Join Minami Tamaki LLP and Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS) in Helping the Victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami


As we approach April 11, one month after the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Japan continues to suffer through it’s worst crisis since World War II, as the country’s prime minister said. First the earthquake, then the tsunami, and now the erosion of nuclear power plants in the affected area is creating an emergency equal to Chernobyl.

The Minami Tamaki LLP law firm and Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS), a nonprofit foundation, have been working together to raise funds for victims of the Northern Japan earthquakes and tsunami. To encourage support through this campaign, Minami Tamaki and IOYS pledged to match 50 percent of your donation up to a combined $10,000. As of April 6th, they have exceeded their second target of $100,000 by raising $192,000 in combined donations and matches. All donations and matches raised to date have been sent to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) so that they can put the donations to immediate use towards citizen relief efforts in the most affected areas. Watch a thank you video from JCCCNC Executive Director Paul Osaki.

Because the need in Japan continues to be so great, they are pressing on and have set a new goal of $250,000 in combined donations and matches. With the help of new campaign partners, they will continue to match 50% of donations up to pledged amounts through April 30, 2011.

Donate today in support of their new goal
100% of the proceeds raised will go to JCCCNC’s Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. (Online donations have a nominal fee for online donations due to credit card processing.)

Minami Tamaki LLP and Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS) are joined by the following campaign partners:
* Murayama Family (Cara, Jaimie, Donna and Jared)
* Korshak, Kracoff, Kong & Sugano LLP
* Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Harley & Oberman
Foundation, the David McClain and Merilyn Wong Fund and the Denise Abrams and
David Harrington Fund
* Dr. Roland and June Minami
* Hoan Hoang and Le Hoang
* Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican (new partner)
* Mayor Gary Yamauchi and Friends (new partner)
* Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (new partner)
* Rob Lam, Butterfly Restaurant (new partner)
* Edwin Prather (new partner)
* Malcolm Yeung (new partner)

Visit http://kokuajapan.org to donate online or write a check payable to “JCCCNC” and send to:

Japan Relief Fund
c/o Minami Tamaki LLP
360 Post Street; 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Donate before April 30, 2011, to ensure your donation qualifies for their match. If you have any questions, contact Lynda Won-Chung at LWon@MinamiTamaki.com.


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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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