ESGVJCC Queens Program

DSC 3091    The ESGVJCC Queens Program prepares candidates to run for the title of ESGVJCC Queen. The ESGVJCC Queen will participate in various events and provide outreach to ESGVJCC members and organizations. As ESGVJCC Queen, she will also go on to represent the ESGVJCC as she competes to become that year's Nisei Week Queen. As a member of the Nisei Week Court, she will represent not only the ESGVJCC and the Nisei Week Foundation, but also the Southern California Japanese American community as a cultural ambassador during various community events, as well as during travels to Japan, Hawaii, and San Francisco.

     On Sunday, March 12, 2017, the ESGVJCC crowned Kelly Akiko Sera as the 2017 East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center Queen. 



History of the ESGVJCC Queens ProgramDSC 3066 

   The tradition of the ESGVJCC Queens Pageant is both long and rich. In 1968, Dawn Shinmoto was named as the Citrus Valley Optimist Club Queen. Thirteen women followed in her footsteps, with three becoming the Nisei Week Queen- Cheryl Kawakami (1973), Elisa Akemi Cuthbert (1974), and Loris Kurashige (1977).

     In 1982, the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center became the official sponsor of these past queens and a new title was born. Janet Midori Barnes became the first ESGVJCC Queen in 1982 and was crowned Nisei Week Queen as well. The East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center has been sponsoring candidates for Nisei Week since then. For the past 35 years, the ESGVJCC Queens have not only been representing the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center but also the Japanese American Community. 

Past ESGVJCC Queens

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Important Dates for the 2018 ESGVJCC Queens Program:
Info Session - Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00am
Info Session - Saturday, December 16 2017 at 10:00am
Application Deadline - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mandatory Orientation - Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 10:00am

Interested in becoming the next ESGVJCC Queen, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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