Welcome to the San Mateo chapter of the JACL!

Origami Aloha Shirt Festival Collage 2020

Online Origami Festival!

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



As part of our partnership with AARP, we've collaborated to produce a survey that will help both of our organizations better understand our membership base, the Japanese American community, and larger Asian American community. This is an opinion survey on recent events, perspectives on aging, and engagement with the Japanese American community. All information will only in aggregate for research purposes. We want to emphasize that one does not need to be a JACL member nor Japanese American to complete the survey. For individuals completing the survey, we will conduct a random drawing of those who complete the survey for five Amazon gift cards worth $100 each. To participate in this random drawing, you have the option to enter your name and email address near the conclusion of the survey along with chapter membership. 

Thank you for your time and participation!

Link to survey here: http://cathayatech.com/project/SI10062020JV3/login.html

Note that the website may take a bit of time to load.

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.

San Mateo JACL November 2020