The Intercollegiate Nikkei Council is hosting a talent competition called Nikkei Voices, in which each Nikkei Student Union in Southern California will compete, on Sunday, April 7, at Nishi Hongwanji Betsuin, 815 E. First St. in Little Tokyo. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.

The panel of guest judges will include artist and activist traci kato-kiriyama, Craig Ishii of Kizuna, musician Lisa Joe, LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara, and actress Amy Hill.

Competing performers include Dylan Hunt (CSU Fullerton), Nick Mejia (Cal Poly Pomona), Tina Nguyen (UCLA), Trent Serizawa (Tomo no Kai), Miharu Okamura (CSU Long Beach) and Sophia Ryu (Tomo no Kai).

Exhibition performers are Kyodo Taiko, Senryu Taiko, USC NSU’s KBD, Ninjas for Social Justice, and CSULB’s Soran Bushi.

Admission is $10 general, $5 for students with valid ID. Tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.

Participating organizations include Little Tokyo Service Center, Kizuna, Nikkei Community Internship, Tuesday Night Café, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, JACCC, Japanese American Citizens League, and BlackLava.

To contact the organizers, go to the event page on Facebook.

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