Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts in Japan: How You Can Help

March 15, 2011


With the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 still unfolding, Hyphen asks that you please consider contributing to the relief efforts that have mobilized in response to this natural disaster. Below we have included just a few of the many organizations currently accepting donations, but also recommend staying informed if you are unsure of which relief fund you want to support. You can visit the Better Business Bureau's site on charitable organizations for more information.

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)

Doctors Without Borders

International Medical Corps


Peace Boat

Tides Relief & Reconstruction Fund

[Full Disclosure: Our development director Irene Kao is employed by the Tides Foundation]

For those concerned with the whereabouts of friends and family in Japan, Google has set up a multilingual Person Finder site.

And in light of anti-Japanese sentiment that has surfaced in the wake of this disaster, we ask that communities stand together in support for the survivors and victims regardless of racial or national ties.

If you have any tips on how to get involved or to stay abreast of news updates in Japan, please add them to our comments section.


Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.



Thanks for supplying the names and routes to which people can donate as informed individuals.

Personally I think it's vile for organizations to promote their involvement in relief efforts as a route to garner more press and membership.

Here in LA recently, 99 cents store founder offered 9999.99 as a reward for the officer shooting at a school (hoax) and then appeared in person to add a penny. Little suspect, don't you think? 10K for great press and news air time worth way more than 10K.

This time a real tragedy and organizations are promoting their philanthropy. Are they doing good for those in need or for themselves?