July 2022 Ota Students to Salem Cancelled

We have learned that students from Ota will not be able to come visit the US this summer.  To our host families, we have appreciated your patience in holding vacation dates with optimism!  We will still hold the 30th Anniversary Celebration at the PEM on JULY 30, and hope to see many of you there.

We are moving forward in hopes our students can still travel to Ota in August. 

2022 Scholarship

Are you, or do you know, a High School senior going to college this fall who has participated in The Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange? 

We have an opportunity for you!

What has the Salem-Ota Exchange meant to you? 

Tell us about your involvement in the program hosting a middle-schooler, or traveling to Japan with us or both. 

How have you been impacted? 

A panel will review the application and the 500-750 word essay and select the winner who will receive a $500 scholarship.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 6th, 2022

Please fill out the online submission form here: Salem Ota Cultural Exchange Scholarship – Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange (salemotace.org)

Video Meet and Greet

Hello Salem Ota Cultural Exchange Club Members!
I know that it was disappointing that our event got postponed yesterday to a date in the spring or summer of 2022.  But, I have some good news!  Ota would like to do a video meet and greet with some city hall staff and Ota Salem Club members on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.  Please email me if you are interested and we will send you the link to the zoom meeting.  They are limited on how many can attend so let me know by tomorrow evening.  I need to know by Monday night because they are a day ahead of us and I need to let them know how many on our side.  Again, please email me and just don’t hit the reply button.
Thank you for all that you do and Happy 30th!  🙂
Have fun and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Pete Dolan

Sister City Celebration Postponed

The planned November 13th Salem-Ota Sister City celebration has been postponed due to restrictions on indoor live performances that are expected to still be in place on that date. We are looking forward to celebrating our 30th anniversary in the spring!

Support for the Asian and Pacific Islander Community

The Salem-Ota Club would like to state our support for the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community here in the US and abroad.  We reject racism, injustice, and violent acts against all in the AAPI Community.  There is no place in our community for this hate.  We empathize and stand with you!  No one should feel unsafe, devalued, or alone in their community for any reason.

Salem’s friendship with Japan, Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands goes back hundreds of years. More recently, the Salem-Ota Club has supported the Sister City program between Ota-Ku, Tokyo, Japan and the City of Salem for the past 30 years.  We have been fostering understanding, cultural and personal connections by hosting and exchanging students and adults in each other’s homes. We will continue to work harder to bring all of us together in peace and understanding. 

When faced with racism, we need to look to the humanity in all of us. We encourage all to reach out to your friends, family, and community to help to bring the end of hate in America in all forms.  Therefore, we challenge all of you to do at least one act of kindness to support our AAPI community.  Moving forward, continue to focus on making our community safe for all.

Learn more at advancingjustice-aajc.org and www.stopaapihate.org and #StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate