Welcome to the San Mateo chapter of the JACL!

Aloha Shirt Contest!

Aloha Shirt Tutorial

Event Details:

San Mateo JACL is hosting an online origami festival! Send us a picture of your origami aloha shirt! Submissions will be posted on the JACL website, which will be updated weekly.

Win a $25 Amazon gift card! 


Winners will be selected from each age category.


Na Keiki (Kids): 12 and under
ʻōpio (Teens): 13-18
Makua (Adults): 19-65
Kupuna (Seniors): 65+

Submission Details:

To submit your entry, email jaclsanmateo@gmail.com your photo submission along with your name and the category you’re competing in. 


Aaron K, Teens

Online Origami Festival!

San Mateo JACL is hosting an online origami event! Send us a picture of your origami aloha shirt!

80th Anniversary

San Mateo JACL is 80 years old! Read about our celebration!


Event Details

Tanforan Memorial

This is an architectural rendering of the memorial planned to be installed at San Bruno BART station.


The fundraising campaign for this important memorial has begun. See pictures from the reception, held October 31st, 2015. For more information and to donate, please go to


San Mateo JACL
Board Meetings

When: Third Thursday (with rare exceptions) of each month, 7:15PM

Where: San Mateo Japanese American Community Center, located at 415 S. Claremont St. in San Mateo.

Who: Non-board members, visitors, and members of the community are welcomed to attend


SMJACL Needs Board Members! If you would like to be part of our active board please email maryjoka@aol.com.

Submissions will be posted here weekly.

Winners will be announced on July 13!

Clarissa, Makua

Mary Jo, Kupuna

Brennan, 'ōpio

Ethan, 'ōpio

Connor and Samantha, Na Keiki and ʻōpio 

Frank, Makua

Diana, Kupuna

Brandon, 'ōpio

Happy folding!

Calendar of Events

June 15, 2020

     Taiwan has received international praise for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ability to contain cases. New Taipei, Taiwan’s largest city with 4 million residents, is leading the way in the post-pandemic era by setting the global standards for the “new normal” as an inclusive and resilient city. This webinar will bring together policy makers, senior health officers, and strategic partners from the Bay Area and New Taipei to discuss strategies and practices in the reopening phase to allow for smooth and safe transitions.

Thursday, June 18th, 2020 from 7pm-8:30pm

Register via WebEx: https://is.gd/kuKD7M


For more information, visit Councilwoman Lee's website: 


May 21, 2020

The next San Mateo JACL Board will be held at 7:15PM, Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Community Center. Please send us an email if you are interested in attending.

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Site Updated: November 2018