Your first question might be, “What is API AJET?” API AJET stands for the Asian Pacific Islander Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching. Our mission is to provide peer support for the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community in Japan, as well as to raise local and global awareness about the diverse range of issues that face this community. API AJET is open to any and all who wish to share experiences and/or promote cross-cultural understanding through discussions, events, and activities.
My name is Erika Ehren, and I am the Block 2 Representative for API AJET, which covers Fukushima, Miyagi, Niigata, and Yamagata. First of all, let me just say welcome to Japan! I hope you have a fantastic upcoming year. JETs of Asian descent have a very different experience from JETs who are more visibly foreign, and it can sometimes be difficult. If you ever need someone to talk to, I’m here to chat. Feel free to send me an email, and I’m happy to help in any way that I can!
I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to contribute to the API AJET newsletter called @API. Whether you write creative pieces, have someone you would like to interview, would like to write an op-ed piece, or would even like to showcase your photography, we’re always looking for new voices to feature in our monthly publication. You can contact @API by emailing us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
If you want to learn more about API AJET, we have a Facebook group called API AJET where you can talk with other JETs about your experiences in Japan and ideas for how to improve understanding and awareness about the API community. If you would like to receive information about API AJET events close to home in Block 2 or in the rest of Japan, you can sign up for the API AJET newsletter by following this link.
Block 2 Representative